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What vaccines are actually needed?

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June 25, 2019 / By Adare
Question: I found this website and it makes a lot of sense! Why do dogs need anual vaccines? We get vaccines as children and do not need to repeat them every year! A vaccine is a diluted version of that disease! So once our immune system recognizes them thats all thats needed! The reason I ask is I just adopted a 3 year old Yorkie, I have no information about her medical background! What vaccines should all adult dogs have?I got her vaccines the first day I adopted her she has had rabies and three others I'm not sure! It was a three in one mix shot!Thanks for any help! http://www.yourpurebredpuppy.com/health/common/vaccinations.html I have no problems with paying for it as a matter of fact I have three dogs and they are all in excellent health! The thing is that, that site mentioned it can be harmful to vaccinate them that often! I don't want to harm my dogs! My question was what shots should an adult dog have I dont think any of mine have ever had the parvo shot or a couple other mentioned!
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Starr Starr | 9 days ago
An adult dog needs a yearly booster vaccine. Protection created by vaccines is not long lasting, so boosters are given yearly, they are required for continued immunity. I have a very good vet and trust him, my dogs get their vaccines yearly, it is a small price to pay to know that I am protecting them.
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Starr Originally Answered: What vaccines are actually needed?
An adult dog needs a yearly booster vaccine. Protection created by vaccines is not long lasting, so boosters are given yearly, they are required for continued immunity. I have a very good vet and trust him, my dogs get their vaccines yearly, it is a small price to pay to know that I am protecting them.

Purdie Purdie
The first year vaccinations are as follows: At 8 weeks the first Distemper vaccine is given. This is usually a combination vaccine. The hospital I worked at gave a DHPP combo. It stands for Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza. This combo is given at 12 and 16 weeks also. At 16 weeks the Rabies vaccine is also given. Many Veterinarians give as an additional component to the DHPP a Leptospirosis (Lepto) vaccine (making the DHPP a DHLPP). Our hospital discontinued giving Lepto vaccines. The reason for this was that many dogs had serious reactions to the vaccines. When we stopped using the DHLPP and switched to DHPP, our incidence of vaccine reactions dropped dramatically. Also, there are many different strains of Leptospirosis. The vaccine only covers 2 of them. When a dog is adopted as a stray, regardless of how old the dog is, the dog will receive the Rabies 1 year, and a DHPP, to make sure the dog is covered. You never know if someone ever gave the dog vaccines. Each vaccine will leave a 'footprint' if you will, called a titer. The titer is the level of vaccine protection remaining in the system. However the titer test is expensive. And in the case of the Rabies vaccine, it does not matter if the dog has a titer. By law, all dogs MUST be vaccinated for rabies yearly or every 3 years. This is because rabies is contagious to humans and is deadly. The other diseases (except Lepto) are not. But Lepto can be cured. Bord (bordetella) is the kennel cough vaccine. The only time we recommended it was when going to a boarding kennel. If you are taking your dog to dog parks frequently, it may also be a good idea, however I don't recommend vaccines if they are not needed. If you plan on boarding the dog have the vaccine given at least a month in advance. This is a 2 part vaccine the first time - 14 days apart. After that it's once yearly. I hope this answered some of your questions. Good luck with your new dog. Edit: If you take your dogs to a dog park, I suggest that you make sure your dogs have Rabies, Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza at the very least. If you are unsure of what vaccines your dogs have been given, Call your vet. They have all that on record. It may even be on the computer where they can just look it up there. I have to tell you that at the practice where I worked, we had a few people come in with articles like the one you cited. The unfortunate thing is, people take this kind of thing as gospel. They think they don't have to vaccinate their pet(s) and then wonder why when an epidemic breaks out. Not giving vaccines IF the animal has an anaphylactic reaction is in the best interest of the pet, but to summarily stop getting vaccines because it MIGHT hurt the pet, does more harm to the pet population as a WHOLE, than the risks are in having a vaccine reaction. Out of all the vaccines given to all the animals on a daily basis, the percentage of reactions is EXCEEDINGLY LOW by comparison. In my previous explanation of a Titer, the gist is that a titer measures the level of antibodies in the pet's system. Over time that titer declines. BUT, it is very difficult to determine when the titer drops below the level for complete protection. My question to you is, Do you want to take the chance of your pet getting a disease that could kill it or require an EXTREMELY expensive hospital stay and extended recovery time? If your pet has not had a reaction to a vaccine, I would not worry about wether he will. Your vet will deal with it if and when the time comes.
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Mckenna Mckenna
first off, unlike people, animals need annual vaccines. rabies is required by law and rabies is usually good for 3 years. The combo Distemper/Parvo/Hep vaccine is really important. New puppies get these about 3 times, with 4 weeks in between each time to build up the vaccine in them. They usually start at 8 weeks because the vaccine is no good before then, because the puppy is still going off the moms immunity. If you are in an area where corona virus is, i reccomend it as well. The most important thing really, is parasite and hearthworm prevention. Make sure your dog uses revolution or frontline - once a month, and heartworm medication... I am from nevada though, so we dont have fleas or mosquitos so we dont have to worry so much, but other areas do. The other #1 thing is, why not vaccinate? 1 shot a year (combo DHPP) and 1 shot every three years is nothing. If you are worried about costs... you need to re-evaluate if you are ready for a dog. They are as expensive as children and need even more attention. Just think, human babies grow up and can talk and communicate and are pretty independent after 10-15 years... Dogs remain like babies forever, loving, cute, dependent, and can't talk like a human. Talk to the vet too, most will understand where you are coming from - it's not good to over vaccinate your pet either... Good luck
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Laurinda Laurinda
All vaccines are necessary to begin with. It's been common place to booster on a yearly basis because the extent of an immunity/titer build up has been in a gray area and the testing for titers has not been popular until recent years. My personal views is that Rabies is a must, whether it be yearly or every 3 years. If you don't wish to booster on a regular basis you should be able to opt of titers for the other vaccines. Just realize that not all vaccines are not 100% guaranteed, they are just the best we have for what we know we can vaccinate against. Also remember if we don't vaccinate against known diseases that can be very detrimental to our pets as well as humans, the disease can become very common place again and a danger to the population. So my bottom line is Rabies ALWAYS!!!!!!!!!! Distemper, lepto, hepatitis, parvo etc., are a toss up. If you want to vaccinate I would do it every 3 years. With that said, some breeds of dogs are more susceptible to certain diseases than other breeds. For those individuals I would vaccinate on a yearly basis. And it is entirely OK to have titers run and then make the decision of whether to vaccinate or not and how often. Hope this helps Good luck
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Joandra Joandra
legally rabies must be given every year, or in some cities they recognize a 3 year rabies. if you don't want the other annual vaccines your vet reccomends then run titers on the dogs. it will cost about 4 times as much as the vaccine though. but it will tell you if at that given moment the blood was drawn if the dog's titer to those diseases was high enough to protect it. now that doesn't mean that in 6 months the titer will drop and your dog could get the disease. and you won't know unless you run titers on a regular basis. personally in all the years i've worked for a vet i've never seen a dog die from having too many annual vaccines. but i have seen several dogs die from parvo, corona, and distemper at all ages. but it's up to you. personally if you can afford to run the titers i say get the vaccine instead and donate that extra money to your local humane society so they can afford to vaccinate dogs that really need it too.
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Freida Freida
Bord is needed every 6 months to protect your dog against a strand of an infectious disease, especially if your dog is going to be around other dogs whether its a puppy park, a pet store, groomers or kennel. the bacteria and viruses that cause kennel cough can live in the environment for over a month and is highly contagious. its not required if you don't plan on having her near other dogs, but if you decide on puppy classes or doggy day care, its a good idea. a bord. vaccination is like our human flu shot. We get it 1x a year - they get it 1x every 6 months. And while it protects them against the most common strand, its not a cure all. Rabies is an initial 1 year vaccination when they're 5 months old, then its needed every 3 years unless she has a medical reaction to the vaccination. Some states require rabies shots by law. if your dog bit someone or another animal, it would be an automatic quarantine, and if you didn't get her rabies shot, it could lead to a manditory euthanasia in some states. when vaccing, they should also get DHPP. She should also have been given Lepto and Parvo vaccinations as a puppy which are 1x vaccinations. Remember, these are dogs, not human children. their systems do not work the same as ours do. We get influenza.... they don't. Just like we can't catch kennel cough from them, they can't catch the common cold from us. Our bodies work differently.
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Darnell Darnell
This is something I have really been struggling with lately. I have found articles about how the 4 in 1 shot, and other shots given in conjunction with your rabies, really pounds the immune system and can cause some serious issues. I would get the rabies, and then get her other shots 12 weeks later. But, I would GET THEM ALL. After that, if you aren't comfortable with getting all of her injections, you might talk to your vet about titering. Some vets will do a blood test to see if the dog's immunity still stands. I have talked to my vet about doing this on my older girl, instead of giving her more injections at this point. Bordetella is the kennel cough, and is like our flu shot- it's not guaranteed. I think the bord is really not necessarily unless you take your dog to a kennel, dog shows, training facility, dog parks- frequently. If your dog is mostly a home-gown couch potato, then I would talk to your vet about doing this only once a year, if at all. Good luck with your baby.
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Breda Breda
Vaccinations are necessary, while not yearly ( other than the rabies ) they are necessary to prevent disease. Not only do you put your dog at risk of picking up a deadly disease, you are putting other dogs at risk by not properly vaccinating your animals. You need at very least, Distemper and Parvo w/ the Rabies shot.
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Breda Originally Answered: are diseases becoming more resistant/immune to medicines/vaccines?
Bacteria can become immune to antibiotics via random mutation or be pressured by antibiotics. This can happen when a person doesn't finish a treatment of antibiotics or from over-prescribing them, thus putting more, unneeded pressure, to adapt. I would also argue that adaption is a mechanism of evolution.

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