Do you vaccinate your dog annually?

@cocooreo (706)
Malaysia
January 6, 2009 7:42am CST
I would like for your opinion whether it is compulsory to vaccinate our dog annually as recommended by the vet. Do you bring you dog for injection every year? Do you think it is necessary?
5 responses
@dogguy (5)
• United States
11 Jan 09
Just as people "over-medicate" ... we do the same to our dogs. Most Vets use a 3 year Rabies vaccine and many areas are now changing their requirements of yearly vaccinations. I have my dogs' titer level checked annually. My male Rottweiler Ike received the DHLPP booster over 5 years ago and his immunity level is still high enough that he doesn't need another. The same is true with my Corso Gerda after almost 3 years. I train dogs (www.dogguy.us) and therefore am exposed to LOTS of different ones of varying health. The only vaccine I use yearly is Bordatella to protect against kennel cough.
@cocooreo (706)
• Malaysia
12 Jan 09
Thank you for the information. So far my vet is giving DHLPP and heartgard vaccine to my doggies.
• United States
9 Jan 09
no i don't, when i had my setter i used to have this huge run-in with my vet. I forgot where i read it but dogs do not need to be vaccinated every year because it stays in their system for some time. Now with my lab, years later he finally realizes this. every 3yrs is the norm now. my lab responds just fine with this.
@cocooreo (706)
• Malaysia
12 Jan 09
Every 3 years for a shot, I might consider this.
@jobsa28 (10)
• United States
7 Jan 09
I don't think it's compulsory to vaccinate your dog. I have 3 canines myself and think that they should be "covered". I use to think that Vets only did this to make a sort of profit out of pet ownership BUT I was sorely mistaken when we got our youngest canine this year. When we got her we figured that since she had been bred by a "trusted" breeder that she was "clean". We took her to the vet the next day to get her shots updated, etc. & we were slammed with the scariest news...she had Giardia (contactable disease to humans) and she showed signs of some other disease that could kill her because she was a puppy. We immediately freaked out because she had all ready been in contact with our other canines. But to our relief, the vet reassured us that because they had been vaccinated they were going to be fine. I was never so relieved to know that I got my monies worth with the vaccinations.
@cocooreo (706)
• Malaysia
7 Jan 09
That is really a great relief! Luckily your other canines is not affected. Your story really tells me how important vaccine is to our pets and ourselves.
@diillu (5128)
6 Jan 09
I think it is very much necessary to vaccinate the dogs every year or according to the vets says. I vaccinate my dogs every year for the rabies and the worms. Apart from that I vaccinate my dogs according to thier needs or the vets suggetions. I think we should really take care of them apart from that since they would be living with us we should take care of their health so that it wouldn't effects ours.
@cocooreo (706)
• Malaysia
6 Jan 09
I just happened to read that vaccin is just a trick for vet to keep the customer coming back, whereas it is not really necessary. Therefore, I am confused.
@spoiled311 (5502)
• Philippines
6 Jan 09
hi cocooreo! well in our country, there is a free vaccination program from the government. but i don;t think it is annually. but whenever they have a vaccination going on, my parents make sure that they bring our dogs over to get their shot. it is free, so it is good. hehe and yeah it is necessary to protect us and our families, as well as other people. and if our dog is rabid and gets to bite other people, we are liable. so it is best to have the dog vaccined before you have any regrets.\ good day and God bless you! :-)
@cocooreo (706)
• Malaysia
6 Jan 09
FREE! This is very nice. There is very little welfare towards animal in my country. Therefore, it is our own responsible to rear any pet.