I recently phoned one of my old vets to get them to forward me Manchego’s vet records. When I told the receptionist (possibly vet tech?) that my new vet wanted to review his vaccination history she told me that I didn’t need to worry about getting the records, he should be vaccinated every year so I could just go ahead and vaccinate him again. I almost fell over when she said this. First of all, We haven’t been to that vet in 6.5 years, she has NO IDEA what we have been doing for that time and when he was last vaccinated not to mention the fact that he has an auto-immune disorder. And more importantly I was shocked at the lack of education that the people at this clinic seem to have regarding updated vaccination protocols. After speaking to many friends their veterinarians seem to hold the same outdated belief that pets should be vaccinated yearly!
I would like to make people aware that there is a lot of current research out there and the AVMA recommends most vaccinations every 3 years now (including Rabies). Be sure to check the regulations in your area and as always research, research, research to make sure your pet needs the vaccinations your vet is recommending!
Dr. Ron Shultz, an immunologist from the University of Wisconsin had this to say:
“With the exception of rabies, the vaccines for CDV, CPV-2 and CAV trigger an immunological memory of at least seven years,” he explains. (Studies testing the duration of immunity for rabies shots show it lasts about three years.)
For these reasons, Schultz suggests that dogs receive rabies shots every three years (as is required by law in most states) and the other core vaccines no more frequently than every three years.
But vaccines are perfectly safe, why not give them yearly?
Because vaccinations are not harmless. They can cause a whole host of problems and chronic conditions in our dogs:
But, as many veterinarians are realizing, over-vaccination can actually jeopardize a dog’s health and even life. Side effects can cause skin problems, allergic reactions and autoimmune disease.
So please, learn the laws and regulations in your area and be sure to research which vaccines your pets actually needs! Also be aware that sick animals should not get vaccines as stated on the vaccination labels. Some states have exemptions for animals who are sick so check your local laws.
For more information on vaccinations and duration of immunity visit:
- Rabies Challenge Fund
- Schultz: Dog vaccines may not be necessary
- Pet Vaccinations, Titer Testing & Homeopathic Nosodes, by Dr. Rehanni Khaseipoul, DVM
- Study on Duration of Immunity to Canine Vaccines, by Dr. Peter Dobias, DVM
- How Much Money are You Wasting on Pet Vaccines? by Dr. Karen Becker, DVM
- Learn about Titer testing
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