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Advice from N. CA breeders/all breeders Please!

Saturday Ollie is going in for all his annual shots..heartworm meds etc...
the postcard I received has a list of expected vacinations...and things that I just am NOT sure is the right thing to do??

What is the direction to take...he has never had any bad reaction to a shot and i am willing to pay for what is needed..but I certainly don't want to do ANYTHING more than what is needed as I have read that some vacines are not goodfor them . Thanks so much!!

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Catherine, can you have titers done instead?

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Catherine, I am obviously not a breeder but I specifically asked my vet about this on Tuesday when I took my two girls for their annual check-ups. He knows I am wary of vaccines and he saw for himself that my girls are in excellent health. We discussed vaccines and I flat out asked him to lay his cards on the table and tell me which of the core vacccine diseases might my girls be most likely to get. He told me that of the 5 diseases that the 5 in 1 protects against, the parainfluenza is the one that could be most likely to affect my girls since they do go to a grooming salon and they do attend the occassional dog party He said all it takes is one ill dog sneezing on another and they could wind up with canine influenza. He said distemper is mostly a puppy thing, adenovirus and hepatitis are not that much of a threat to them, and they encounter parvovirus everywhere and have never come down with it. (The practice does not give corona or leptospiroses unless specifically asked to do so by the client). He even suggested titers for Rabies sinice McKenna has had reactions to that vaccine twice. I appreciated the candor actually and will probably get them the parainfluenza vaccines when they go in for dental work. He did say a lot depends on where you live, where you go, and the things you do in terms of what diseases your dog might be exposed to.

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Like you, I am very wary of giving unneccessary vaccines.

I follow Dr. Jean Dodd's vaccine recommendations. She is a California vet. Here is a link to her recommendations.


http://www.weim.net/emberweims/Vaccine.html

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Thx so much for your replies...

so a blonde moment ...where or how and who does titers? does the vet or who???

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The vet does the titer test be prepared as it can cost more than the shots well at least that was the case at our vet. It is a blood test where they check the levels of the shots.
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I think you do it yearly instead of shots. Not sure.
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There is no titer for Lyme. I'm not sure if it's an issue out your way though.

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