Vaccinations Update

What You Need To Know!

Historically veterinarians and vaccine manufacturers for companion animals have recommended annual revaccination against the most common diseases. Annual revaccination was originally an arbitrary recommendation and was not based on any studies showing maximum duration of immunity. Yearly revaccinations became standard with most veterinarians because it also provided an incentive for owners to get a physical examination and health check.

Concerns about over-vaccination and potential adverse effects have led to a reevaluation of the annual revaccination.  Adverse reactions can include allergic responses, vaccine-associated immune-mediated disease, and production of the disease from vaccination.

As a general rule I follow Dr. Dodds vaccination protocols as noted below.

Vaccination recommendations are based on several factors. The AAHA has a "Lifestyle-Based Vaccine Calculator" at their website that can assist you in determining what may be appropriate.

Many have questions about flu virus vaccines. Dr. Dodds has written an article covering the topic. Flu Viruses

Do your own research and due diligence for the well-being of your animals.

2016 Dodds Vaccination Protocol for Dogs

The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not be interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice.

9 - 10 weeks of age
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV
e.g. Merck Nobivac (Intervet Progard) Puppy DPV

14 – 15 weeks of age
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV

18 weeks of age
Parvovirus only, MLV
Note: New research states that last puppy parvovirus vaccine should be at 18 weeks old.

20 weeks or older, if allowable by law
Rabies – give 3-4 weeks apart from other vaccines
Mercury-free (thimerosol-free, TF)

1 year old
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV
This is an optional booster or titer. If the client intends not to booster after this optional booster or intends to retest titers in another three years, this optional booster at puberty is wise.

1 year old
Rabies – give 3-4 weeks apart from other vaccines
3-year product if allowable by law; mercury-free (TF)

Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian. In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request. Visit The Rabies Challenge Fund for more information.

W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843