Dogs: Vaccination Schedule - Drs. Foster and Smith

 shows vaccination schedules of dogs currently carried out in Korean animal hospitals.
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Any foreign substance introduced to your dog’s body carries a risk of an , but most dogs respond well, at least initially, to dog vaccinations as long as you use an appropriate dog vaccination schedule... IF your dog is currently healthy. Weak or unhealthy animals may actually become sick from the vaccines themselves.
That one company alone vaccinates tens or hundreds of thousands of cats and dogs annually. Without any science to back their schedule.
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Article by: Dr. Karen Becker, DVM, NMD

When you first become a pet owner, the adoption agency, the breeder or the retail store where you made your selection will usually give you a vaccination schedule; you naturally assume that this is what you need to do to keep your pet safe and healthy. But is it?

Some of the common vaccinations can actually be doing your pet more harm than good. In the wide world of vaccinations, in general, we over vaccinate; our children, our pets and ourselves. In kids, we eventually stop vaccinations after puberty; in adults, vaccinations are usually given in a series. But with our pets, we continue booster shots until they are well into their senior years. In the human race, there typically aren’t annual shots that are required; and there’s no way we would afflict our elderly family members with an array of yearly boosters. So have you ever wondered why we put our pets through this? Another thought to ponder; have you ever wondered why your Chihuahua gets the same size vaccine as your Great Dane? And at the same frequency? Believe it or not, following the recommended vaccination schedule is overwhelming your pet’s immune system; and just like in humans, your four-legged friend can have reactions to the vaccines they are given, without you realizing it. A study of more than 2,000 cats and dogs in the United Kingdom by Canine Health Concern showed a 1 in 10 risk of adverse reactions from vaccines. This contradicts what the vaccine manufacturers report for rates of adverse reactions, which is “less than 15 adverse reactions in 100,000 animals vaccinated” (0.015 percent). It should be no surprise that adverse reactions of small breeds are 10 times higher than large breeds, suggesting standard vaccine doses are too high for smaller animals. Finally, a handful of bold veterinarians, who have seen the worst-case scenarios of over-vaccination, have paved the way for ending over-vaccination. Unfortunately, the research is sparse and the opposition is great. Pet vaccinations are a high dollar industry, so of course they are necessary! Our Recommended Vaccination Schedule for Dogs, Cats, Puppies and Kittens
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Vaccines are meant to prevent illness and disease in your dog, but the effects aren't permanent. Your dog must receive boosters on a regular schedule to remain protected. The recommended schedule for Bordetella vaccinations depends on whether it is the first dose or a booster, your dogs level of risk and his health.
A routine vaccination schedule is important in keeping dogs and cats safe from many common canine and feline diseasesDogs who have a low risk of contracting kennel cough, such as those who are not normally taken to a groomer, boarding facility, dog park, pet store or dog-related events may not necessarily need to be vaccinated against it. Or, they may only need to be vaccinated prior to such an event and not on a regular basis. If your dog's risk is low, discuss the pros and cons with your veterinarian to determine if your dog should be on a regular schedule or receive the vaccine only on an as-needed basis.Thefollowing vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinationsare advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not be interpretedto mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be lesssatisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice.
Distemper combination in dogs: This combination vaccine includes distemper, hepatitis/adenovirus and parvovirus. Distemper is a viral disease that affects the respiratory, nervous and intestinal systems and is usually fatal. Hepatitis/adenovirus can be fatal and affects the liver and other organ systems. Parvovirus is also a viral disease causing vomiting and diarrhea and is often fatal. For puppies under 4 months old, the vaccine is given every 3-4 weeks in a series. For dogs over 4 months, the interval and number of vaccine boosters given will depend on immunity. Please discuss with our veterinarians the schedule of vaccination that best fits your dog.While your veterinarian is always in the best position to advise you on individual vaccination decisions and schedules, the American Animal Hospital Association recommends the following vaccine schedule for dogs at risk for exposure to Lyme disease: