Documents and Links For Your Information
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Information on Medical Issues
This is a hot topic for pet owners and veterinarians alike. There are many opinions and philosophies about using chemicals of any sort on animals. Some people don't want to use any chemicals and the other side of the spectrum are those who want to do whatever the vets advise. (There is a wide diversion of opinion even among vets). Since we serve people with different philosophies, we try to minimize the chemicals we use before they pick up their puppy. This way, the new owners can decide what they are going to do with this issue.
We will include two articles about this topic to shed some light on the situation. The first concerns Titer Testing to see if a dog is carrying the immunities needed before adding more vaccines. The second concerns a vaccination protocol by a respected veterinarian.
Considerations for the Titer Testing of Core Canine Vaccines
A report by Ronald D. Schultz, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, Professor and Chair, Department of Pathobiological Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine – University of Wisconsin-Madison
The routine administration of vaccines in dogs has been one of the most significant factors in the consistent reduction of serious canine infectious diseases. This approach has resulted in excellent disease control for infections that were once considered important causes of morbidity and mortality.
Although all veterinarians agree vaccines are necessary, the frequency in which they’re given is debated.
Veterinarians need to administer the rabies vaccine as defined by law, but other core vaccines for canine distemper virus (CDV), parvovirus (CPV-2) and canine adenovirus-2 (CAV), are administered more often than necessary. Vaccines are largely safe, and are intended to improve the health and welfare of animals, but when problems do occur and the animal didn’t even need the vaccine, that’s unacceptable. More puppies and kittens need to be vaccinated with the core vaccines because there are many that never get vaccinated. It is known that dogs often maintain protective antibody to CDV, CPV-2, and CAV-1, (from vaccination with CAV-2) for three or more years and numerous experimental studies support this observation. Core vaccines should not be given any more frequently than every three years after the 12 month booster injection following the puppy/kitten series, because the duration of immunity (DOI) is many years and may be up to the lifetime of the pet. In order to ensure the existence of duration of immunity, titer testing may be used.
Dr. W. Jean Dodd's vaccination protocol is now being adopted by all 27 North American veterinary schools.