How does everyone feel about having all the shots that the vet gives for their dogs? I have heard that you shouldn't get them for your dogs/cats every year since most animals if they are healthy won't need them.
Well if you don't take them anywhere and don't allow others to bring theirs to your place, I guess not, but I wouldn't risk it. If the cost is your concern, you can buy the vaccine and do it yourself, or have a friend that's nurse or paramedic do it. It's not hard. Heck, I bet if you took your dog to a firestation, the paramedic would be happy to do it for you.
i stop vaccinating my animals after the age of two years old. they get all the puppy vaccines. then the 1 year booster ... then again at 2 and thats it. from then on i titer them and only rebooster if necessary but so far it has not been necessary. rabies is the only vaccine that is still given as it is mandated by law to be given every 3 years.
my dogs go pretty much everywhere with me.... parks, pet stores, work, etc.
***Edited By: Scout1 on 6/22/2006 1:38:58 PM*** Reason: x
Do you want to know how we feel about dogs having all their shots, or are you concerned for your dog?
Answer to that question. I feel that all dogs should be vaccinated with the vaccine recommended by the vet. Whether the vet does it or it is done at home, it doesn't matter. If you are concerned about vaccine for your dog, consult with your vet and they can put your mind at ease a little.
Or do you not want to do it because of costs, or you are more of a "naturalist" and see that dogs lived in the wild for years without vaccines that they dont' need it now.
Answer to that question. If it is because of the cost of it, like schoolbusgal said, you can get them yourself and administer them yourself and save a boat load of money, as long as you know what you are doing and keep up to date on all the boosters. But make sure that if you order them or whatnot, they are cool when you get them, as if they are warm they won't be good and are ineffective. About the second part of it "naturalist part". I suggest that all dogs get vaccinated. There are many more things that dogs can catch when they are domesticated than if they lived in the wild. There are also things they come in contact with in domestication than in the wild. You should always get your dog (or cat) vaccinated no matter what. If you don't you are putting not only your dog, but yourself at risk of infections and diseases.
I still give my adult dogs yearly shots, but I have seen lots of news articles saying some shots can do more harm than good(I think that is what she means). So, I have been considering not goving anything but rabies to my adults. CeCe
I have heard that some of the vaccines can do more harm than good. I have the money to get the shots, but do not want to give them something they do not need. I will, of couse, get the rabies since it is a law, but as for the others, probably not. They go to the vet next month and will talk to him about it. I was just wondering if anybody just had the rabies shots given to their dogs and not the others. Scout, I also would like to know what is a titer? Thanks everyone for your response
Vaccinations for dogs is the same as vaccinations for children. The only was to decrease the occurances of these deadly illnesses is for the majority to be vaccinated. Having said that, I feel like there are enough dogs that do not get vaccinations. I can do my part to decrease the spread of disease by making sure that my animals do their part. Titering is not just not getting these shots out of laziness. If the animal has sufficient antibodies then the vaccination is a waste. Not doing either titers of shots is irresponsible and dangerous.
***Edited By: bellas_mom on 6/22/2006 3:24:57 PM*** Reason: add
Vaccination recommendations from the University of Penn are as follows: Leptospirosis every year. Everything else only needs to be done every three years after a complete set of puppy shots and their 1 year adult boosters have been completed. Hope this helps!
i am surprised that the U of P is recommending lepto be given every year. that is a vaccine that should only be given to dogs that are in a high risk category of contracting that disease. like dogs that live on a farm or dogs that hunt. lepto causes more problems and anaphylactic reactions in dogs then any other vaccine out there.
pearl i would double check with your boarding facility. many many places around me are accepting titer results in lieu of vaccines.
A paramedic will not vaccinate your dog... at least they are not supposed to. I am an EMT and we follow protocols. We are not allowed to deviate from those. unless an M.D. Authorizes it. Also we are not allowed to practice veterinary medicine
I do puppy series, booster at a year, and they are done cept for rabies every 3 years by law.
I've never had such healthy, problem free dogs. Its fantastic.
Vaccinations are not considered vetrinary medicine. A perscription is not needed for the drugs. A vaccine is no diffrent then giving a heartworm pill or a fleabath. Rabies would be practicing vetrinary medicine. Otherwise I need to loose my EMT lisence.
***Edited By: IcyHound on 6/22/2006 11:17:03 PM*** Reason: add