I think most dog owners have wondered at one time or another if yearly vaccines were an extreme measure in the prevention of K-9 disease. We all get constant reminders from our veterinarians that vaccines are needed, but are they really? I don?t think so, and just for the record? the last 9 years of my 36 year career in the pet industry was in a veterinary hospital.
I believe that veterinarians are dedicated to caring for our pets, but, don?t forget for one minute that veterinary practices are a business. A business I might add that makes a substantial profit from administering vaccines.
I think we over immunize our dogs, and as long as I?m sticking my two cents in? I believe some vaccines aren?t necessary at all. We all want to do right by our dogs, so I think it?s time we learn more about immunizations and make well informed decisions regarding our adult dog?s health and well being.
That is not just an opinion, the? American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) says, ?Following initial puppy vaccinations, re-vaccination is recommended at intervals of every 3 years or longer.?
There is a simple test called a Titer, it?s a blood test that measures the concentration of specific antibodies. If the Titer shows sufficient immunity there is no need to booster. I?ve had my dog Titer tested twice now in the last four years and the test still shows sufficient immunity. This test is available at your veterinary hospital.
Note: Rabies vaccine is a mandatory, but you have a say in all the other vaccines? I hope you?ll do your homework.
Learn how to protect your adult dog from routine yearly vaccines. Also, below are a few links to help you decide and better understand what?s best for your dog.
American Animal Hospital Association
Ask Dr. Shawn
Titer Test Your Pet
New Guidelines Addressed
The Dog Channel
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