Dogington Post and Merrick Pet Care Offer Live Vaccine Seminar with Author John Clifton

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Dogington Post and Merrick Pet Care Offer Live Vaccine Seminar with John Clifton

Dogington Post and Merrick Pet Care Offer Live Vaccine Seminar with John Clifton

Dogs and cats continue to be over-vaccinated, resulting in compromised immune systems, serious diseases and - more often than you might imagine - death.

As part of a larger initiative to educate pet parents on how to have the healthiest and happiest dogs and promote the importance of responsible dog parenting, The Dogington Post and Merrick Pet Care have teamed up to create “Merrick Pet Care’s Dogington University,” a series of eight live online seminars presented by top animal health experts, which began June 6th and continues throughout the month of June. A full schedule is available at

On Tuesday, June 25 at 4:00PM EST, John Clifton will present a live, free, one-hour seminar to readers and fans of the Dogington Post on the topic of vaccinations.

John Clifton is a freelance writer, pet enthusiast and author. He co-wrote with his wife Josée Clerens, “Sparky Fights Back: A Little Dog’s Big Battle Against Cancer.” This book, about his dog’s triumph over “incurable” lymphoma, became a Dog Writers of America Best Book Award finalist and an Amazon bestseller. After its publication, Clifton edited the “Canine Cancer Monthly”, an online publication featuring the latest news and treatments regarding all types of cancers in dogs.

During the course of Sparky’s treatment, Clifton’s oncologist disallowed any further vaccinations of any kind. This seemed odd at first, since vaccines, he thought, would be disease fighters. After investigating the topic, he realized that vaccines could also be disease inviters.

The more he looked into it, the more curious he became about the pros and cons of vaccinating pets. This led to a year of research on the topic, interviews with leading veterinarians, and culling information from veterinary professional literature. His investigations culminated in his widely popular book “Stop the Shots!: Are Vaccinations Killing Our Pets?”

Clifton has been a frequent guest on radio and TV, where he talks about pet vaccines, their dangers versus their benefits, and how to formulate your own vaccination plan based upon many factors, such as your pet’s age, contact with other animals, geography, etc. Book reviews and reader responses praise Clifton’s ability to explain a complex subject in simple terms that everyone can understand.

"Studies upon studies have been performed that show the very real dangers in over-vaccinating and the risks involved every time a pet gets a shot," says Clifton. "But the word is not getting out. Dogs and cats continue to be over-vaccinated, resulting in compromised immune systems, serious diseases and - more often than you might imagine - death."

“We're always looking for important information to bring to our devoted pet-loving fans," said Brandy Arnold, Content Editor for Dogington Post, “and the information Mr. Clifton will bring us is a perfect fit for our Dogington University health series. We are interested to hear what he has to say and thrilled to have him join us and Merrick Pet Care in our mission to positively impact the lives of dogs.”

The Dogington Post shares with Merrick Pet Care, a company recognized for the highest quality standards in the pet food industry and Dogington University sponsor, a common goal of improving the lives of dogs and their families through proper nutrition, education, training and responsible pet ownership. Anyone can register for John Clifton's online seminar for free at

"Merrick Pet Care is excited to continue our partnership with Dogington University and its series of webinars from many well-respected veterinarians and pet health experts," said Pete Brace, Vice President, Merrick Pet Care. "These series continue to offer great information and tips to pet parents that can benefit canines everywhere."

Veterinarians and other health experts also presenting as part of the series include the highly respected veterinarian and nutritionist, Dr. Ernie Ward and veterinarian, Dr. Shawn Messonnier.

Other Panelists include the creator of the Tellington Method, Linda Tellington-Jones; award-winning author and senior dog advocate, Jennifer Kachnic; Leslie May and Johann the Dog on Going Green with your Dog; and "The Pet Safety Guy" Thom Somes.

For a full schedule of the Merrick Pet Care’s Dogington University Dog Training Seminars, visit

About Dogington Post: was created for the love of dogs. It promises a forum of informative articles, newsworthy dog stories, health and breed information, and heartwarming videos. The site addresses current issues affecting dogs and their human parents – from serious health concerns to lifestyle issues on feeding, grooming and the overall well-being and mental health of dogs. It is the Internet newspaper, all about dogs.

About Merrick Pet Care Inc.:
Founded in 1968, Amarillo-based Merrick Pet Care Inc. is a leader in the natural and organic pet food category. With a mission to create the most nutritious and wholesome food, Merrick helps families take better care of their pets by cooking up nutritious, real whole foods for pets. All foods are made in the USA using only the freshest ingredients grown by local farmers. The company offers a wide variety of dry and wet foods, as well as treats, that are available nationally at independent pet specialty stores, Petco and online via select retailers at

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