Thuja for dog vaccinosis has been growing in popularity as more and more dog owners wish to take a holistic approach to treating or preventing vaccine reactions in dogs. Many dog owners are concerned about the negative effects vaccines may have on their dogs. While nowadays dog vaccines help prevent major diseases that once resulted in serious health issues and death, vaccines can sometimes cause reactions that may develop locally a few hours or days after vaccination, but in some cases, systemic reactions may happen too causing long term chronic problems. Thuja has been found to mitigate such reactions and can be given preventively too.
Vaccinosis in Dogs
Vaccinosis is a term used to depict the onset of chronic reactions that occur as a result of vaccinating. This topic is subject of controversy and often has the veterinary field split into two: traditional veterinarians, who believe that vaccines do not have chronic, long-term effects on the body, and holistic veterinarian who believe they do.
Traditional veterinarians see the holistic approach as unproven and their practitioners are often perceived as “quacks.” On the other hand, the holistic approach views traditional medicine as a plot to make money and cause more illness in the long term, causing a vicious cycle of illness and need for treatment.
While it is true that it is thanks to vaccines that the risks for dogs developing deadly diseases such as parvo, distemper and rabies have lowered considerably, many dog owners are starting to question whether vaccines are safe and whether they may lead to chronic diseases with significant long-term health repercussions.
The Holistic View
Vaccines, on top of containing modified live viruses and killed viruses, are known for containing ingredients that are suspected of being potentially harmful to dogs. These ingredients include aluminum, formaldehyde, ethanol, phenol and thimerosal.
On top of injecting unnatural ingredients in the body, when vaccines are administered, they enter the body in an unnatural way.
In a natural setting, viruses enter the body through the mouth, nose or air breathed. When a foreign entity such a visura enters the body, the body is ready to bounce into action and mount a strong immune response.
When a dog is vaccinated instead, the vaccine bypasses the body’s first lines of defense and directly reaches the dog’s bloodstream and lymphatic system. Holistic veterinarians believe that, since the modified virus in the vaccine isn’t capable of triggering an immune response, it instead creates chronic disease.
Such onset of chronic disease is highly suspected of deriving from the vaccine itself for two main reasons. The first one being that onset of symptoms coincidentally happens following vaccination, usually two weeks to one month afterward. The second reason being that affected dogs appear to respond dramatically to homeopathic remedies meant to treat vaccinosis.
Examples of vaccine-induced chronic diseases include several autoimmune diseases, such as irritable bowel disorders, lupus and pemphigus, hypothyroidism, eosinophilic skin disorders, chronic skin disease and allergic dermatitis. Vaccinosis takes place when weakness is precipitated by vaccination, explains veterinarian Dr. Charles Loops
Thuja for Dog Vaccinosis
Thuja occidentalis remains the main homeopathic remedy used for cases of vaccinosis. It is always best to consult with your vet before giving your dog any over-the-counter supplements to play it safe. Consider as well, that homeopathic remedies can also cause side effects and may interact with medications.
Thuja is derived from an evergreen tree known as northern white-cedar or eastern arborvitae. Arbovitae is the Latin word for “tree of life” and its name derives from the medicinal properties of this tree’s sap, bark and twigs. This tree is found in eastern Canada, and the north, central and upper Northeastern United States.
Thuja for dogs vaccinosis is often given for adverse reactions occurring within a few weeks following vaccination. Dr. Goldstein says ” I keep a little squirt bottle of thuja in the refrigerator at the clinic. When I give a pet a vaccine (one of the very few he’ll get from me) I give him a squirt in the mouth; usually I will give him another squirt to two when I next see him.”
Thuja for dog vaccinosis can therefore be used both a treatment plan or as a preventive. Dr. Charles Loop in the book “The Veterinarians’ Guide to Natural Remedies for Dogs“ suggests Thuja 30C should a problem occur within a few weeks following vaccination. He suggests Thuja 30C once a day for five days. When it comes to using thuja for dog vaccinosis as prevention instead, Dr. Karen Bentley, suggests one dose of Thuja 30C within the first 24 hours following vaccination.
According to veterinarian Dr. Jean Dodds, for most vaccines thuja alone can be used as pre-treatment. However, for the adverse reactions to the rabies vaccine in particular, both Thuja and Lyssin should be used. These homeopathic remedies can be used the day prior, the day of, and the day following day the vaccination.
“Thuja: One of the remedies to use when toxicosis or adverse reactions (including mental or emotional reactions) to drugs or other substances is suspected, and especially when these reactions may be thought to be interfering with normal behavior.”~Dr. Randy Kidd
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