What do you vaccinate for?

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  1. meepitsmeagan

    meepitsmeagan Meagan & The Cattle Dog Crew

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    DHPP and rabies every 3 years. Lepto and bordatella once a year as my family has a private lake the dogs constantly drink out of and I work at places that require/have a high risk of kennel cough.

    I'm not sure yet how I will approach puppy shots.
     
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    Parvo and Distemper as puppies, reboost at 1 year. Rabies every 3 years.
     
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    Parvo and Distemper as puppies. Would do Rabies if required by law, but it isn't here, so I haven't yet. But as I do more hiking in the mountains I might change my mind as now I feel there's is more of a risk vs. when we stayed mainly in the city.

    I used to do the DHPPL in the past, but one of my dogs got super sick after so I opt not to go that route anymore. That was before I knew anything about risks vs. benefits. None of my dogs have been vaccinated for bordatella either. Seems pointless to me, as even dogs in the past who were vaccinated for it ended up with kennel cough anyway.
     
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    elegy overdogged

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    Luce only gets rabies q 3 years at this point.

    Ham gets DHPP q 3 years and rabies q 3 years and will be starting the Merial Lepto vaccine as soon as we get it in at work.

    Steve gets rabies and DHPP q 3 years, bordetella oral annually, I gave him the flu vaccine because there were confirmed cases in the town that I live in, and he'll be getting Lepto.

    Bean gets rabies and DHPP every 3 years, I gave him the flu vaccine, and he will be getting Lepto,

    I try to address each dogs' individual needs. Luce's lifestyle is completely different from Bean's. Bean goes to daycare once a week where he's in close personal contact with a whole bunch of different dogs. And he hikes and swims in creeks and ponds, hence the Lepto vaccine.

    Steve doesn't go to daycare, but because he is my Service Dog, I need him to stay healthy as much as possible, so I did give him the kennel cough vaccine due to our attending flyball practices and tournaments and swapping spit via tennis ball with other dogs.

    I used to not vaccinate for anything but rabies and distemper combo, but lately it just seems right to vaccinate. I worry about the beating on their immune systems, but it's like six of one, half-dozen of the other.

    I can just educate myself as much as possible and hope I'm making the right choices.
     
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    Rabies every 3 years (after initial vaccine and booster at 1 year)

    Distemper/Parvo/Adenovirus/Parainfluenza every 4 years (after puppy series and booster at 1 year)

    Lepto every year (may not give this anymore now that we're moving to Edmonton... we'll see)

    The last 2 years Kili has gotten her Bordetella and Summit only got it this year. Always for boarding/daycare reasons... though Kili I may keep current more often since she's going to be competing and seeing a lot of places with high concentrations of dogs.
     
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    The one's I've known since puppyhood got all the puppy shots.

    I just do Rabies every three years ,DHPP 3-5.

    Does anyone know if they do the three year rabies for cats?
     
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    There is a 3-year licensed rabies vaccine for cats, but it contains an adjuvant, and therefore has a higher risk of vaccine-associated sarcomas. It doesn't make intuitive sense, but the PureVax rabies vaccine has a much lower risk of vaccine-associated sarcomas even though it is given every year, because it doesn't contain an adjuvant.

    (For a long time it was believed that the number, type or frequency of injections was the risk, but the evidence has shown pretty clearly that it's the presence or absence of an adjuvant in the vaccine.)
     
  8. Laurelin

    Laurelin I'm All Ears

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    My vet says lepto is pretty common here and Mia ends up wading in pretty much whatever water she finds so that's why I started getting that one too.
     
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    Anything and everything #sorrynotsorry. Anything the vet recommends, I ask why they recommend it, and if their explanation is sound to me, I go ahead and do it. I don't think I've said no to something yet after the explanation. I trust my vet more than I trust the internet.
     
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    Yep yep yep! That being said I don't have a yet who goes vaccine crazy. Henry is seven and hasn't had a vaccine in awhile. I honestly don't know, we do the three year rabies. I think(?) he gets bordatella every year? Not sure. Pretty sure I did ask about the vaccine for Lyme and he got that a few years back.

    Rhys has had all his puppy series and rabies. I'll reevaluate once it's time for his yearly.
     
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    While I 100% agree that trusting your vet over the internet is *usually* always the better choice, I would hope any current vet is not giving yearly vaccines still. Over-vaccination isn't just some internet hogwash. There is LOTS of sound research and proof. Of course you don't want the pendulum to sway too far the other way either. Under-vaccination is of course an issue as well.

    In AAHA 2011 it mentions every 5 years as acceptable. But AAHA did not set every 3 years in stone. It was a compromise, as most vets wouldn't have done the leap from annual to every 5 years right off the bat. But my friends hospital has switched to every 5 years.

    Since 5 years is still a random compromise (but a very safe one)... hopefully some might get brave and do it every 7-9 based on the studies. Hopefully vets will start to be open to doing it less often. But I do get that some people just... won't take their dogs to the vet at ALL if they're not due for vaccines, so in that case? I'd rather the dog see the vet.

    I just think there is so much evidence that every three years is still too often.

    I understand that it's still not in some vets comfort levels to do it less often, and I understand that, but right now minimum Duration of Immunity is 7 years.

    My vets have never said anything to me. I got him his rabies shot when it was due and they asked if I was getting any others, I simply said no thanks and that was that. :) I have no immediate plans to vaccinate him again, besides rabies, but I suppose we'll see. If I ever did DHP again within the next few years, it would be the last time in his lifetime for sure.

    I think things like lepto and bordatella just need to be taken on a case-by-case basis and totally dependent on environment. But I can't give lepto again after Jackson's reaction the first time, so it's a non-issue for me anyway.
     
  12. JessLough

    JessLough Love My Mutt

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    Ella gets rabies and distemper vaccines every year. Rabies at the time of annual checkup, distemper a few weeks later. Whilst she has never bit anyone outside the family, I consider her a bite risk and she's vaccinated for rabies for her protection. Being out and about in the bush means she gets distemper vaccine, too.

    There is no 3 years rabies vaccine for ferrets that I'm comfortable giving.

    Nacho doesn't get vaccinated, due to age and health concerns.

    Renegade wasn't vaccinated, after an anaphylactic reaction to distemper vaccine.

    Harley was vaccinated for both rabies and distemper, to be able to do therapy visits.

    Rosey didn't get vaccinated, unless she was going to groomers them she got rabies and distemper. She wasn't a bite risk, and her age/unknown family history made me wary of vaccines.

    Basically, I vaccine depending on what my vet and I decide is needed for each individual animal.
     

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