We do not vaccinate our children every year for their entire life, so why the heck would we vaccinate our dogs every year for it’s entire life? Because you didn’t know any better and you got that postcard in the mail every year telling you to do it. I take my dogs to the vet every year for a check up with blood work, urinalysis and titer testing. Titer testing is a blood draw that checks the antibody levels for Parvovirus and Distemper. FredMan was vaccinated as a puppy and has not had another shot. He is four years old with no booster shots. Titer testing has shown that he does have the proper antibodies and he is protected.
In 2011 The American Animal Hospital Association guidelines committee changed its recommendation of annual distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus vaccinations to every three years. If your vet is still recommending vaccines every year, please show them this: 2011 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines. See page 13 under Duration of Immunity and Booster Recommendations.
PLEASE do your own research when it comes to your dog’s health. Below are many links to assist you in your quest to learn about over-vaccination. Don’t beat yourself up for not knowing this sooner. Just move forward with your new knowledge and do what you feel is best for your pet. Keep learning. When we know better, we do better.
The following is a collection of links about vaccines. I will keep adding to this list, so check back.
This is the first video series I ever listened to and it changed my outlook on vaccines forever. You can watch this as a video or read the transcript, both are great. How Often Should You Vaccinate Your Dog or Cat?
RABIES is the only vaccine required by law.
It is the law to keep current on your rabies vaccines. However, it is not without risks. Check out this article on Rabies Miasms.
A book I need to read: Pukka’s Promise
A Facebook page you can like about vaccines: https://www.facebook.com/anvacc
I do it for the dogs!