Oakley had one parvo shot when he was 11 weeks old. She said that no further vaccines were necessary. She provided endless data on flea treatments and vacinne, as being toxic to my little Oakley. Well I don't know. I'm like the mom that has everything planned and ready but has never had a puppy before.
So I gave him no further shots.
Then the weather got much nicer (he was indoor trained). He's out walking in very remote wood trails cause we live in the woods. There are fleas, ticks, other animal poop and small dead animals. He brought us a dead field mouse last week on our walk.
In our area ticks carry lymes disease. Since 2002 there were over 60 cases, then in 2012 an outbreak in urban areas of 56 cases on raccoon's. Ticks should be out any time. Lymes disease shots though seem a bit much in terms of quantity and frequency. Also its a virus' so it mutates often' so is the shot up to date with the new strain of the virus. Going to try essential oil repellents.
There are no cases of rabies here. Only need to vaccinate for legal travel issues.
So I think I want to do distemper this month, parvo next month, distemper the next and lastly parvo. Then if the oils repel ticks and fleas no other chemicals or vaccines
I hope I'm doing the right thing. Somewhere between what I thought I would do with regards to vaccines and actually giving a few. I feel I have to for his health. He's just a little wood hiking dog. He's just exposed to a lot.
Sorry to go on. Thanks for your replies
If you haven't already seen it, here is a link to Dr. Jean Dodd's minimal vaccine protocol, recommended for vaccine sensitive breeds (including Havanese)
Lyme is tough, as are other tick-borne diseases. The Lyme vaccine is not very effective, and has a high incidence of adverse reactions. I chose NOT to get it for Kodi, even though, like you and your pup, we are in the woods often.
I do keep him protected from ticks as much as possible by using Advantix, which seems to work best in our area. (you will have to check with your local vet on that one... ticks develop resistance to different products in different places) Another problem is that there are at least 4 different diseases carried by ticks, and if your dog gets one, it is likely that they have been exposed to more than one. You just need to be vigilant about tick-checks every time you bring them in from outdoors. I check again just before bed.
The good news is that all the tick borne diseases respond well to antibiotics (Doxycycline) if caught early. So be quick take your dog to the vet if he shows any signs of illness, or mild lameness. Waiting a day or two to "see if it gets better" can give a false sense of safety, because these diseases often go underground for a long time, after the first subtle signs of illness. Just to be on the safe side, my vet draws blood work to check for the 4 most common tick diseases in our area at the same time that she checks for heartworm. If they come up positive, they are treated, even if they show no symptoms.
Knock on wood, we seem to be doing something right... In our area, more than 60% of dogs are sero-positive for Lyme by the time they turn 3. Kodi is almost 4, and is still negative as of his test today!
If there is REALLY no Rabies in your area, then it's great that you can avoid that vaccine. But do remember that Rabies is ALWAYS deadly, and can be a human health hazard if your dog contracts it also. Especially as you say he has contact with wild animals, this would worry me. So you might want to double check whether it is good to forego this one or not.
I think it's a really good idea to limit vaccinations to what is absolutely necessary... you just have to make sure that you do cover those "necessary" bases!