The holistic vet doesn't want me vaccinating Riley when it's time, except for rabies, because it will make his allergies worse. I have no problem with that because I'm not big on all of these vaccines but.... what happens when I want to board him? They always require vaccine history, what do I tell them?
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 11/26/2005 11:15:53 PM*** Reason: cant spell
In order to board him you are going to have to go to a place that accept titers. Take him too the vet and have a blood titer test done to make sure he his immune system is ok and the vaccines are in his system. If you take him too a place that requires yearly DHPP then you will be out of luck.
I work in a kennel that accepts titers as well as letters from vets saying that because of an individual dog's health problems, he should not continue to receive vaccinations. You'll be able to find someone who will board him, but I suggest you start checking out kennels now so that you will know which kennels would be willing to take him and exactly what you'll need to bring instead of proof of vaccinations.
i agree with you not vaccinating riley . like others laready said .... you will need to find a place that accepts titer results. more and mroe places are so i dont think you will have that much trouble.
Just remmeber that titers can be VERY expensive. A titer is required for everything that a dog can be vaccinated for.. There is no one titer that can tell you, "Oh your dog is ok for distemper, parvovirus, hepatitus and parainfluenza.." You have to get a seperate titer for each of the 4 (5, if you include rabies), and while the cost to titer varies from area to area of the US, to give you an idea, each one costs costs $75 where I live. So that's what, $375 to get the titers done?
In addition, titers results can be deceptive. Like a health certificate, they only show that at the time the bloodwork was taken, your dog had the correct amount of antibodies. 2 weeks later, the effects of the vaccination could have worn off completely. It's not something you can say with absolute certainty that, "Oh his titers were fine today, so they're good for another year..." There's no way of knowing how long and to what extent the antibodies would remain in his system. You could take a blood sample, divide it into 3 parts, send it into 3 differnet labs and get three different results, based on methodology and human intepretation of the results.
Good luck with finding a boarder in your area either way :P
perhaps the holistic vet can recomend a place to board? or, if you hire an in-home pet sitter, they usually dont require vacc's. mine wanted to make sure the pups had valid rabies ad that was all. since they were in our home and not around other dogs, it didnt much matter.
I have been bringing my dog to a holistic vet for 6 years now. I have titers done every year. My little Nadia hasn't had a vaccine (except for rabies) in 5 years. I have her on a home cooked diet and her immune system is very strong. Her titers come back excellent every year. My vet says that with a healthy diet and vitamins, her healthy immune system is able to hold the vaccine. Don't vaccinate your pet, especially if it has an illness. My Nadia is living proof that vaccines are not necessary. Just another money maker for the vets.
I am a manager at a pet hotel and we have dogs that are alergic to the the shots themselves. Also so vets feel that dogs eventually become too old to get distemper shots. If you can provide the "Pet Hotel" with a letter from the vet explaining or better yet have them call you shouldn't have a problem.