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Vaccination Info for your Dog
Many breeders are against over vaccinating. Lets rally and raise awareness and be the voice for our children and pets that over-vaccinating could kill them. Please pass this information on to your veterinarian. Every pet can be tested and will never be over-vaccinated with this new very inexpensive kit to test your pets antibodies
Professor Ronald Schultz from the University of Wisconsin was recently quoted describing the VacciCheck:
“One way to insure comfort for pet owners and veterinarians alike is to titer test dogs every three years. A titer test checks to determine the level of protective antibodies. If those antibodies exist, why re-vaccinate? A new titer test, called Canine VacciCheck®, just now being made available to veterinarians, is faster and easier.”
Distemper is mainly a disease affecting young puppies, but it can occur in adults. Since there is a very high mortality rate and no known cure, it might make sense to vaccinate for it (although a vaccine given after 12 weeks should be good for life, especially as the maternal antibodies for distemper seem to wane earlier than parvo, at about 8 weeks).
Parvo is almost exclusively found in puppies and is nearly always self-limiting in healthy adults. My opinion is that it is not necessary for adults.
There are two types of adenovirus (CAV):
- type 1 is hepatitis which attacks the liver and other organs
- type 2 is pretty much kennel cough, affecting the respiratory tract.
Canine hepatitis can have a high mortality rate. Having said that, if your puppy was vaccinated, the odds of a healthy dog contracting any of these disease is very, very low, even if he is never vaccinated again.
Here are some direct quotes from immunologist Jean Dodds, DVM who has researched the vaccination guidelines for over 30 years. She has said, on several occasions, that Veterinarians have been giving annual vaccinations simply because it’s assumed they are needed and were recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture.
Why should we be giving pets foreign substances when they do not need them.
There never was any data that suggested vaccines must be given yearly. Veterinarians assumed there was data but there wasn’t…Vaccines like parvovirus and canine distemper are responsible for many diseases of the immune system in dogs.
Dr. Dodds believes that anemia, arthritis, epilepsy, thyroid disease, liver failure, diabetes, allergies and other conditions are linked to vaccines.
Approximately five to 10 percent [of vaccinated dogs] will develop problems. That increases to 20 percent in pure breeds…. Irish Setters, Great Danes, German Shepherds, Weimaraners and Akitas are at higher risk of developing Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy, a bone disease that causes a 107 degree fever, pain, and the inability to walk as a result of vaccinations.
But there is really no breed that is not at risk. The only vaccination needed is the rabies vaccine because it is legally required. Dogs’ and cats’ immune systems mature fully at 6 months old. If canine distemper, feline distemper and parvovirus vaccines are given after 6 months, a pet has immunity for the rest of its life. However, if another vaccine is given a year later, antibodies from the first vaccine neutralize the second vaccine, producing little or no effect.
Not only are annual boosters for parvovirus and distemper unnecessary, they subject a pet to potential risks of allergic reactions and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia, a life threatening disease that generally has unknown causes. There is no scientific documentation to back up label claims for annual administration of these vaccines.
Dr. Bob Rogers, DVM, Critter Fixer Pet Hospital, in Texas, agrees.
Dogs and cats no longer need to be vaccinated against distemper, parvo, and feline leukemia every year. Once the initial series of puppy or kitten vaccinations and first annual vaccinations are completed, immunity…persists for life.
Every three years is probably a completely arbitrary number. I’ve told my clients that after one year of age they don’t need to vaccinate anymore.
Rogers estimates that in nine years, he has used this protocol on some 30,000 dogs – “and I haven’t had one vaccine ‘break’ [failure].”
Compare that to the odds of allergies, arthritis, cancer, etc., and I find the re-vaccination answer is pretty obvious.
Here are a couple of articles that may interest you on the topic of dog health: