Canine Vaccination Guidelines
The duration of immunity (DOI) for vaccines for diseases like rabies, distemper, and parvovirus have been shown to be 7+ years. More importantly it has been scientifically proven that, after the initial series, when vaccines are re-administered the immune status of the patient is not enhanced. Antibodies from the initial vaccine block the subsequent vaccines from having any effect.
The true interval at which re-administration of Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus and Parainfluenza vaccinations will enhance the immunity in a significant number of dogs, has not been universally determined. Although, vacine is still a topic of debate, an arbitrary compromise interval of every three years has been agreed upon by the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners, and 22 Schools of Veterinary Medicine. It is the consensus of immunologists and experts that the duration of immunity is much longer and is probably the life of the patient. This three-year compromise interval will greatly reduce the number of antigens administered, and therefore the risk of adverse reactions, while providing the most complete protection against preventable diseases possible.
New recommendations by holistic veterinarians suggest that a puppy receive its first and only vaccination at 16 weeks, like rabies. Rabies boosters are to be given every 3 years. If you are interested in reading more on the subject, you can downloaded a free vaccination guide put out by Dog Naturally Magazine here.
In addition, you can watch a video interview with Dr. Shultz, whose research is cited in the vaccination guide by clicking here. Ultimately, you have to decide for yourself the course of action that you are the most comfortable taking. I have come to realize that I have to be the advocate for my pets. The only vaccine required by law is rabies. You can say no to frequent vaccinating and you can request that your vet not give mulitple vaccines in one shot. I have discovered a product that claims to assist in removing associated vaccine side effects without removing any vaccine benefits. It is called Anti-Vaccinosis. You can read more about it here.
I administer a 4-in-one vaccine before sending a puppy away from our home. We typically vaccinate using a half dose sometime between 7-8 weeks of age. If your vet questions the viability of vaccinnations administered by a breeder, you can assure him that we purchase our vaccine from a reputable company, it is delivered in a styrofoam box and surrounded by ice packs. It is refrigerated as soon as it arrives at our house. We are careful to note the expiration date on our vaccine and dispose of any that is not used by that date. We do not vaccinate against Corona or Leptospirosis. These diseases are not endemic in Arizona and for us, the risk of side effects outweighs any benefits. Check with your vet for recommendations for your state.
We find that many vets over vaccinate. This can cause health risks and even early death for a dog. Please consider titer testing after puppy shots are complete. Ask for Rabies to be spaced at least a month apart from other vaccinations.
Consider carefully the treatments that your vet recommends before agreeing to it. We don't see the need for monthly heartworm pills during months where there are no mosquitos, nor regular Bordatella vaccinations. Here is what Dr. Karen Becker says on the subject:
- Kennel cough (Bordetella) is a highly contagious upper respiratory condition in dogs; most Bordetella cases are acquired in facilities where lots of dogs are together in close quarters
- The most common cause of the infection is the simultaneous presence of the parainfluenza virus and the Bordetella bronchiseptica bacteria; the universal symptom of an infection is a dry hacking cough
- The best course of action is to let mild cases of kennel cough in otherwise healthy dogs run their course with the aid of natural, non-toxic remedies
- Since a serious episode of kennel cough can result in pneumonia, if the symptoms aren’t improved after a week or are worsening, your puppy or adult dog stops eating or develops a fever, make an urgent appointment with your veterinarian
- Because there are many viruses and bacteria that can contribute to a kennel cough infection, experts say bordetella is not a vaccinatable disease; instead, focus on supporting your dog’s immune system.
- The way we support our dogs' immune systems is through pawTree's food and their Wild Alaskan Salmon & Pollack Oil and NuVet Vitamins. We are looking for buyers for our Cotons that will advocate for the Coton rather than just accepting everything that the vet suggests.
Your puppy will come with a Health Record that we created. Reference your health record to see what vaccinations have been administered as well as other treatments and/or vet visits.) Please educate yourself and advocate for you precious pet! Here are some YouTube links to help you.
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