Do you think dog's need to be vaccinated every year ?
March 14, 2009 3:41pm CST
Hi dog lovers! I have done some reading about dog vaccinations and how some people think dogs are being over vaccinated . Now I'm not sure what vaccines are needed when ? I don't believe rabies vaccines need to be given every year . Our dogs have had all vaccines given to them in September . What do you think about this ? What do you do about vaccines? This can really be confusing , thanks for your ideas .
14 Mar 09
I have sighthounds and sighthounds are very sensitive to chemicals of any description. with such sensitive dogs, it's recommended that rather than having them vaccinated as often as is usually dictated, that at such intervals, you have their blood tested for their levels of immunity, rather than just adding more to their system if they don't need it.
16 Mar 09
Testing their blood rather than getting the vaccinations is called a Titer test.Highly recommended. More on the Titer Testing Here: http://www.dogs4dogs.com/blog/2008/10/22/titer-test/ http://www.authorsden.com/categories/article_top.asp?catid=31&id=43354
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14 Mar 09
I live where the wild animals are often in my yard, so I get my dogs their rabies vaccine every time the vet says I should, without hessitation. I have opened my front door to discover that a skunk was just chillin on my porch. As far as anything else I do what my vet says, she is a well educated and highly trusted worman. I love her and she has saved many pets that I know.
16 Mar 09
I feel that when a dog is a puppy it is important to get all three stages of their vaccinations. Personally, since my dog is going to be tow in May and had her puppy three vaccinations last year along with her rabies shot, she is done with annual vaccinations. An additional shot is for tracheobronchitis (kennel cough), Bordetella bronchiseptica , if you are going to be leaving your dog in a kennel regularly. My dog will never be left in a kennel with other dogs (doggy day care)so she didn't get that shot. In order to keep my dog healthy, I am opting for the Titer Test. This is a blood test to check her immune system. I feel that this will be required annual to be sure that she remain healthy and not susceptible to disease. See Titer Test for more information: http://www.authorsden.com/categories/article_top.asp?catid=31&id=43354 Should the Titer Test show that anything within my dogs immune system is low, I will discuss further with the vet about breaking up the vaccination and doing homeopathy in between so to not have my dog get sick from the vaccination being given all at once. I suggest getting a good vet for your dog, not just traditional veterinary care. My dog vet does both Eastern and Western Medicine. he does pressure points and Chinese medicine as well as traditional so i can get homeopathic medication for my dog if necessary. I do without a vet but it is good to have the option to consult for dosage etc. lastly, depending on where you live, heartworm is another serious illness known to dogs and that which you want to take precautions against. Here in Canada I don't have to worry about it. To learn more about Heartworm, visit this link: http://www.thevillagevets.com/heartworminfo.htm All in all I feel that when it comes to vaccinations for our dogs and cats, it is personal preference but do your research. When we were kids, none of our dogs or cats ever went to the vet and we never vaccinated them annually. It wasn't heard of. This day and age it is important to consider how to protect your pet from the new diseases. If none of us vaccinated, we could find ourselves with out pets in a epidemic which would be horrifying. Again, do your research. Ask around, consult vet clinics and get more than one opinion. Be sure to find at least one natural health vet to consult on the topic of vaccinations for likely a difference of opinion.