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Talking Interesting news on annual distemper/parvo vacine

I dropped by our vet today to pick up my yearly supply of Heartworm meds for our havs and was telling them that I need to titer my two oldest so a new groomer would take them. She said why? They are still within the 3 year range of their last shot. What? Three years? Yes, she said that's what they do now. I asked if the other vets in the area were doing the same and she said yes! She said they have yet to titer a dog within that time where they haven't still had their immunity! WOW! I am so jazzed! Finally they listened and realized!!!

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That's awesome news, Carole!

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Yes, that is good news. They also started doing that in our area as well.
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YES ! Now if only more vets in both our countries can come to the same conclusion....... ! Thanks for the info, Carole.




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My vet and a lot of vets in the area now follow the 3 year protocol for parvo and distemper, the same way as for rabies. Has anyone done the titers after three years and what were the results??? Did the dogs need boosters or not?

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That is great news, though I have to say that Kubrick's titers after 1 year came back with his immunity levels being low and he had to get a booster. So at least in our case, it did happen that he needed to get a shot after 1 year. I'm hoping that next year that won't be the case, though!


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Has anyone done the titers after three years and what were the results??? Did the dogs need boosters or not?

TIA,
I have had titers run on my dog and they have never needed another shot. The oldest dog that applied too was 14 years old which is when she passed away!!! The analogy I give to my puppy buyers is this: Do humans get a shot annually for life? NO WE DON'T so why would we do that to a smaller mammal?
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That is great news, though I have to say that Kubrick's titers after 1 year came back with his immunity levels being low and he had to get a booster. So at least in our case, it did happen that he needed to get a shot after 1 year. I'm hoping that next year that won't be the case, though!
Carolina, I'm unclear about when you had Kubrick's titers done. Are you talking about after his one year birthday or one year after his last vaccine?

I ask because Dr. Jean Dodds, whom most of us consider to be the leading authority on vaccines, clarified something that I had completely misunderstood before and it sounds like Carole's original post confirms since she is mentioning this was for her older dogs:

She said that the one year booster is essential to complete the puppy vaccines. The booster completes the series. I had always thought the one year booster is a new single dosage vaccine, but instead, it is the last piece of the puzzle for the puppy series. (I'm sure she'll explain this again at the seminar she is doing at the national specialty.) I found this to be very interesting because she is such a minimalist when it comes to vaccines but reiterated that this one is important.

I only mention it so people don't skip that first year booster thinking they can now go three years between vaccines.
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She said that the one year booster is essential to complete the puppy vaccines. The booster completes the series. I had always thought the one year booster is a new single dosage vaccine, but instead, it is the last piece of the puzzle for the puppy series. (I'm sure she'll explain this again at the seminar she is doing at the national specialty.) I found this to be very interesting because she is such a minimalist when it comes to vaccines but reiterated that this one is important.

I only mention it so people don't skip that first year booster thinking they can now go three years between vaccines.
Glad you clarified this Kimberly, as this is so important. After the 1 year booster, most dogs don't need anymore vaccines for the rest of their life. If the booster given to the dog at 1 year of age was a 3 yr booster then run titers in three years, not annually.
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After the 1 year booster, most dogs don't need anymore vaccines for the rest of their life. If the booster given to the dog at 1 year of age was a 3 yr booster then run titers in three years, not annually.

Exactly! I'm sure this is exactly what Dr. Dodds would say too. Get the puppy vaccines, then the one year booster and then come back in three years for titers and every three years following, but do not even consider vaccinating an elderly or ill dog. That would be my best guess as to her advice.
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