Dog Vaccine Schedule for Puppies and Adult Dogs - Pets WebMD

May 5, 2010 - Vaccinations come in a standard dose for all sizes and types of dogs
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Background
Shelters and rescue organizations are overflowing with abandoned or owner surrendered dogs. As dealing with these animals involves complex medical, social and management issues, a standard vaccination protocol is usually adopted for all dogs and cats to mitigate potential viral or other infectious diseases and parasite outbreaks. The standard protocol is usually to give a dog a DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and parvovirus) polyvalent “combo” vaccine and a rabies vaccine upon his intake or release. I never recommend giving a 5-way polyvalent vaccine to these stressed and often malnourished animals, let alone giving rabies vaccine at the same time. As the dog is more than likely stressed both physically and mentally at the time of the vaccination, this puts him at greater risk for adverse vaccine reactions and long term health complications. Organizations need to assess age, environment, and the dog’s current medical condition before automatically vaccinating. Hopefully this post will be serve as a general guide to shelters, rescues and pet adopters.
Some dog daycare facilities or kennels require vaccinations not included in the standard round of shots, such as for bordatella, known as kennel cough.
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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! Nov 25, 2016 - Believe it or not, there is no one-size-fits-all standard vaccination plan for all dogs
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Dog vaccinations are fairly standard across different states. However, extra vaccinations are recommended for pets living in certain parts of the country. In addition, pets that are left at day care or boarding facilities may require to take non-core vaccines to guard against conditions like kennel cough. There have been lots of discussions (and confusion) about cat and dog vaccinations. How often, what vaccinations are really necessary, do risks outweigh benefits, and so on. The standard of care for decades was to vaccinate dogs and cats annually for several common diseases, without much "choice" about specific vaccinations or schedules. The recommendation from the and most veterinarians and is to vaccinate every three years, with careful selection of the vaccines needed for each specific pet. Even a single vaccination carries risks, but most vaccine-related health problems are caused by over vaccinating. Higher vulnerability to diseases such as parvovirus have been passed down in dog breeds that have regularly been over-vaccinated through many generations. While some veterinarians have concluded that vaccinations are ineffective, unhealthy and unnecessary, most still believe in vaccinating but on a much more limited basis than has previously been the standard. In addition to standard vaccinations, dental care, grooming, veterinary dermatology and wellness exams are an important part of our preventive veterinary care program. Our on-staff dog groomer will keep your pet looking and feeling his or her best. Our veterinarians can also show you the best way for cleaning dogs teeth at home or answer any questions you may have about preventive pet care.