Parvo, the Clinic Disease

One of the breeders we purchased a poodle puppy from called me one morning in a panic. She knew I used holistic support for my dogs and my family and was hoping I could give her some suggestions for 2 of her puppies she was afraid she might be losing. It was a Friday and both of these puppies were scheduled to fly to their new homes on the weekend. I asked her what she thought the problem was and she said “parvo.”


She had taken them to the veterinarian just two days earlier for their healthy puppy exam, where nothing was found to be wrong with them. Friday morning they were both sick and had all of the symptoms of parvo. The first thing she said she did was call the veterinarian, where the receptionist, who wasn’t at all surprised with the news about the new illness, told her the puppies probably got it when she brought them to the clinic. They offered no solution.


Another story I heard came from a lady who had an adult dog get symptoms of modified parvo virus after playing in a neighbor’s yard. Because he was an adult, she thought his symptoms couldn’t possibly be parvo. She assumed it was something he had eaten in the neighbor’s yard, but symptoms got worse over the week until he was passing mucousy, bloody diarrhea. When she sought help, it was suggested she give a homeopathic remedy made from the parvo vaccine, so it would be the same resistant form he would have been exposed to. It was explained to her that this would more appropriately support her dog’s immune system in detoxing the vaccine toxins. She gave three doses the first day and symptoms were greatly improved by evening. The next day he was himself again.


Out of curiosity, I asked her about the her neighbor’s dogs, and she said they didn’t have them anymore. After my initial shock, I asked why she felt this came from their yard if they didn’t have any dogs? She proceeded to tell me about the thirty years they bred, trained and showed hunting dogs. In fact, she said, they have a whole room in their house dedicated to dog ribbons and trophies. Knowing they no longer had dogs, I asked if she knew how long it had been since they had dogs in that yard. I wanted to know how long the laboratory-created resistant strains of bacteria, viruses and pathogens can live in the soil from vaccines. I had heard theories and read comments from scientists and doctors on the topic, but hadn’t come across a real live scenario that may shed some light on the topic. She learned that it had been 22 years since the last vaccinated dog was in their yard! What does that say about dog parks?!


In dogs, parvo has become a “disease” in the past 40 years, according to  Drs Pitcairn and Hamilton, both veterinarians, and they believe it is from vaccine exposure.


According to holistic veterinarians, this is considered an iatrogenic (doctor caused) disorder, most commonly caused by exposure to the Parvo and Feline panleukopenia virus vaccines, either from the vaccine itself or an animal who has recently gotten the vaccine. 


We aren’t veterinarians, and wouldn’t presume to tell you what to do for your pet, but what we can do is share with you the list of things we found in our research to both stop doing and to start doing, in order to support your pet’s health from this point forward. As always, we recommend consulting with a Naturopath that works with animals or Holistic Veterinarian. 



Baptisia (offensive, watery, dark, bloody diarrhea, and pet is very weak), China (Cinchona), Phosphorus, Parvo vaccine remedy, Feline Panleukopenia virus vaccine remedy.


Parvaid, by Amber Technology is another homeopathic for Parvo. It can be found at which is also a website that includes more information.  



To avoid your dog from being exposed to parvo, you might consider avoiding veterinarian clinics/offices where vaccines are done.


If you want a veterinarian, it has been suggested to find a house call veterinarian. The benefit is that they can come to your home, away from sick animals and vaccine caused resistant strains of diseases. They also don’t need to push vaccines to pay for their clinic costs.


Avoid places, such as dog parks, kennels, stores, etc., where dogs go that may have been recently vaccinated because, like people, they will “shed” their vaccine for at least 10 days after the vaccine is given.


Why Don’t We Use Antibiotics on Our Dogs?

We aren’t veterinarians, and wouldn’t presume to tell you what to do for your pet, but what we can do is share with you information we have found in our research  to support your pet’s health from this point forward.

Dr. Leo Galland, author of Super Immunity for Kids and Power Healing, believes  “It is no accident that the most allergic generation in history has been raised on antibiotics.”  This applies to animals as well as humans. Antibiotics are used in the manufacture of many medications and vaccines.  Antibiotics are also typically given for 5 days to young puppies after they receive their first vaccines. Why? Because, as research shows, the immune system of the vaccinated individual is left compromised, so they are more likely to get sick.  

Besides allergies, asthma, and overall poor health, antibiotics have also been linked to chronic bloating, fatigue, constipation, poor memory, depression, short attention span, environmental sensitivities, moodiness, learning disabilities, and asthma.  

What do antibiotics do to the immune system?  The immune cells typically damaged by antibiotics include: Neutrophils (these combat and destroy bacteria), T-cell lymphocytes (needed to destroy foreign tissue, virus infected cells, and cancer cells),  B-cell lymphocytes (produce antibodies to counter most infections and cancer cells), interferon and interleukin (essential to a healthy immune system and prevention of cancer), macrophages (engulf foreign particles), and monocytes (clean up cellular debris after an infection).

Besides the damage to the immune system, antibiotics also rob the body of the following nutrients

N-Acetyl cysteine, necessary for a healthy thyroid, adrenal glands and immune function, and healing. Without N-Acetyl cysteine, the body cannot properly use potassium gluconate or biotin, both  necessary to remain healthy and to fight cancer.  In the last 30 years, as vaccine and antibiotic use has increased in animals, the number of these diseases has also skyrocketed.

Antibiotics also:

    1. Decrease absorption of calcium, needed for bones, teeth, spine development, kidney and heart health.
    1. Vitamin B12, needed to prevent depression and anxiety, and adjust to motion
    1. B-vitamins in general, needed for a healthy nervous system, and to be able to flush lead from the body
    1. Decrease or block the use of fluorine, the mineral needed for making strong enamel on the teeth, and strong bones.
    1. Inhibit the use of rutin, which is necessary for healthy hair, nails, arteries and veins. Rutin is also necessary for the use of chondroitin for healthy joints and to be able to flush nickel from the body.  
    1. Production of vitamin K, needed for normal blood clotting.  
  1. Protein digestion, especially meat, can also be interfered with because of antibiotic use.  The amino acids found in meats are needed by the body for it to heal properly after an injury or surgery.  They also make muscle growth and strength possible.

What are the long term effects of a single round of antibiotics? The expectation in the health community that you can just fix the damage with probiotics and/or fermented foods and that gut flora magically returns to normal is far from accurate.  Evidence is now emerging from multiple sources that gut flora may actually be permanently altered by antibiotics or, at the very least, the damage persists for several years.

According to Dr. Martin Blaser, MD, of New York University’s Langone Medical Center, who writes in the August 2011 edition of Nature,Early evidence from my lab and others hints that, sometimes, our friendly flora never fully recover. These long-term changes to the beneficial bacteria within people’s bodies may even increase our susceptibility to infections and disease. Overuse of antibiotics could be fueling the dramatic increase in conditions such as obesity, type 1 diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma, which have more than doubled in many populations.” Blaser also states that: “Each generation … could be beginning life with a smaller endowment of ancient microbes than the last.” If an illness isn’t life threatening, skip the antibiotics.  The risk to your future health is just too great otherwise.

What this means is that taking antibiotics today for an illness that is not life threatening may in fact lead to a growth of superbugs in your gut that could actually threaten your life down the road and prevent antibiotics from working for you when you desperately need it.


Gut Damage from Antibiotics Persists for Long Periods of Time, The Journal Microbiology reports that the generally acknowledged precept that use of antibiotics only causes disruption of the gut flora for a few weeks is highly flawed. Microbiology November 2010 vol. 156 no. 11 3216-3223

Antibiotic Dangers, from the Healthy Home Economist, Jan. 2013

Even a short course of antibiotics can lead to resistant bacterial populations taking up residence in the gut that persists for up to 4 years – maybe even longer. PLoS One. 2010 Mar 24;5(3):e9836. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009836.

Short-term antibiotic treatment has differing long-term impacts on the human throat and gut microbiome.

Jakobsson HE, Jernberg C, Andersson AF, Sjölund-Karlsson M, Jansson JK, Engstrand L.

Department of Bacteriology, Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control, Solna, Sweden.Sources:  Long-Term Impacts of Antibiotic Exposure on the Human Intestinal Microbiota, Microbiology, November 2010

Short-term antibiotic treatment has differing long-term impacts on the human throat and gut microbiomePLoS One. March 2010

Antibiotic Overuse: Stop the Killing of Beneficial Bacteria, Nature, August 2011

Animal Autoimmune Disorders

A healthy person, or animal, acquires natural immunity through the experience of having had a particular illness/dis-ease. During the course of the dis-ease, antibodies against the particular organism are formed in the body. In the healthy individual, most of these antigens are permanent. In the unhealthy individual, one who eats poorly and ingests harmful substances, antibody production can be poor, the antibodies weak and even short-lived, leaving them with only temporary immunity to the dis-ease. 

There are also strains of the same organism that have been modified in laboratories for use in vaccines or medications.  While exposure to them can create identical symptoms in the animals who receive them, these modified strains can also be much more dangerous, because the immune system has trouble identifying and making antibodies to them.

Take Parvovirus for example.  One of the viruses in the class of parvoviruses is the feline panleukopenia virus, which in susceptible cats, can cause immunosuppressive issues.  Solution to this, or so they thought, was to make a vaccine for it. However, by adding the chemicals and drugs to it in the manufacture of a vaccine, it becomes a “resistant form” of the virus. Much more dangerous and deadly than the original, natural form. 

Here is what Don Hamilton, DVM, says about it in his book Homeopathic Care for Cats and Dogs:

I believe the massive vaccination program for canine parvovirus, which began some thirty-plus years after we began vaccinating cats with feline parvovirus, is creating this situation in dogs. If this is true, then the imminent future bodes poorly for dogs…” 

Doctor Richard Moskowitz, M.D., demonstrated that an antibody response caused by vaccines bypasses the normal portals of entry and the initial sequence of systemic immune activation. He says that by “artifically shocking the immune system into an antibody response by placing toxic material directly into the blood (i.e., vaccines) accomplishes what the entire immune system is designed to prevent.” He said this allows known harmful substances free access to the internal organs and tissues, which can inturn cause chronic health issues in the individual who received the vaccine.

Lets look at this a little more closely. The unnatural strains of the diseases vaccines are made for, are typically introduced into the body via injection and are coupled with a variety of identified and even some unidentified, strains of bacteria, viruses, molds, fungi, animal and human tissue cells. As you can imagine, this causes a host of reactions in the brain, nervous system, and lymph, in addition to the immune system. It can create a state of confusion for the immune system, resulting in a less than effective response towards the desired bacteria or virus. In addition, what antibodies are formed, if any, can be for unsuspected, unintended substances.  If these antibodies are for animal tissue cells that were in the vaccine, the result is autoimmunity to those same cells in the body of the animal receiving the vaccine. Thus, the birth of an autoimmune disease. In the Principles of HumanAnatomy, fifth edition, an autoimmune disease is defined as “ one in which the body attacks it own tissues, failing to differentiate between what is foreign and what is not.”

While we know the immune system can become weak and even fail in the severely malnourished or in those who ingest harmful substances, medical literature does not provide proof that it has the ability to create antibodies to its own tissues unless it is artificially tricked into doing so. Unfortunately the term autoimmunity is fast becoming a catch-all phrase for diseases the medical society has no answers for, whether they have any relation to auto-antibody production or not. 

In addition to autoimmune diseases, there is another phenomenon that, in the past, was a rare occurrence. This is the increased incidence of hyper-sensitivity and allergic reactions in vaccinated populations. The life threatening peanut sensitivity is just one example. Along with these is the increased susceptibility to other dis-ease conditions, including:  Meningitis, chronic nausea, disorientation, bronchio-pneumonia, circulatory problems, mental and emotional problems, ataxia (difficulty walking), trembling in upper limbs, vertigo, and hearing problems. The Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA), Lancet, Journal of Pediatrics, Archives of Internal Medicine, and British Medical Journal, all carry articles crediting flu vaccines with causing one or more of these conditions. The Lancet also published findings relating human immune suppression to the Diphtheria-Pertussis-Tetanus (DPT) vaccine. 

Author and researcher Viera Scheibner, Ph.D, in her book  Vaccination, 100 Years of Orthodox Research Shows That Vaccines Represent a Medical Assault on the Immune System, New Atlantean Press, Santa Fe, NM, pg. 136-137, writes: “…  It has been well documented that injections of foreign proteins, including those in vaccines, do not immunize, rather they sensitize. Instead of protecting against infectious diseases, they increase the recipient’s susceptibility to infectious diseases. Moreover, vaccines modify the immunologic response and cause a great variety of autoimmune diseases.” 

As one immunologist told a group of medical students (relayed to me via one of the students present), “Never let anyone inject anything into your body for any reason.

There is growing suspicion that immunization against relatively harmless childhood (or puppyhood)

diseases may be responsible for the dramatic increase in autoimmune diseases 

since mass inoculations were introduced.” Included in these diseases are: “cancer, 

leukemia, rheumatoid arthritis, …Have we traded (these natural diseases) for cancer and leukemia?” Mendelsohn, Robert S. M.D., 1984. 

How to Raise a Healthy Child…In Spite of Your Doctor, Pg. 232. Ballantine Books, N.Y.