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Vaccine Risks: Should You Still Get Them?

By Dr. Andrew Jones


Updated Vaccine Guidelines

Dog vaccinations: Should your dog have them?… What are the RISKS? What can you give INSTEAD of Vaccines?

The conventional approach in the past was to get annual ‘booster shots’, in the belief that vaccines only provided immunity for approximately one year, and that revaccination was required in order to boost or maintain a dog’s immunity. This was the advised protocol of veterinary associations for decades, and most veterinarians followed that protocol.

Recent American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) guidelines advise that all core vaccines are recommended every 3 years, with the 1 year Rabies being the exception. They have also stated that distemper virus, parovovirus, and adenovirus vaccine immunity lasts for at least 5 years; AAHA though still suggests that your dog is given the vaccine more frequently than the length of immunity.

More pet owners are now making the decision on whether or not to re-vaccinate by checking immunity levels with antibody titers. These titers have become more standardized, and when measured at a particular level, will give a good indication if your pet has enough antibodies to be protected.

The vaccine regimen I suggest is based in my own research and experience in veterinary practice. Puppies only need a series of two vaccine boosters, one at 8 weeks then repeated at 12 weeks. I find the most critical time to prevent infectious disease is at this young age. In small puppies, I prefer to wait until 12 weeks. The traditional third booster in puppies is not necessary. If possible, delay giving the rabies vaccine until 6 months.

Puppies should only be vaccinated for parvovirus (MLV – modified live vaccine) and Distemper (MLV). Only give bordetella (kennel cough) vaccines if going to a kennel or puppy class. Give rabies vaccine (KILLED) at 6 months.
I do not recommend vaccinations for corona virus, leptospirosis, lyme or giardia vaccines for dogs

THIS is NEW, and you should be aware of it

The 1 year boosters of which I had earlier advised are now considered no longer necessary- now even this is being advised from the vaccine manufacturers..the next booster would not be required until 3 years later. I personally would only give my dogs the 8 and 12 week puppy boosters for CPV and Distemper, then Rabies vaccine if I felt there was risk of contracting Rabies, or as required by law

The KEY to keeping your dog healthy, and preventing disease is NOT with vaccines…

1.Give your pet as FEW vaccines as INFREQUENTLY as possible.
2.Feed Quality Holistic Diet
3.Effective NATURAL Supplements, specifically those which aid in disease prevention, such as Colostrum, Essential Fatty Acids and and Probiotics
4.Regular Exercise/Avoidance of toxins
5.USE holistic options whenever possible

Heal Your Pet At Home!

Best Wishes,

Dr Andrew Jones, DVM

P.S. Perhaps 40 years ago vaccine were very important.

Not so much now.

What you feed, and DON’T feed is far more important.

Such as…

EFA’s, Probiotics, Colostrum, Antioxidants.

These are also in my supplement.

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Dr. Andrew Jones, DVM