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Unread 12-11-2009, 02:11 PM   #1
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Question Vaccinations...Can you give the Rabies vaccine at the same time as the others?

My dog needs his Rabies, Parvo and Bordetella vaccines renewed.

He is due on the 23rd and so that's the date I made the appointment for. However, I've been reading a bit and I noticed that some people suggest NOT getting the Rabies vaccine within at least 2 weeks of any other vaccinations.

Now I'm not sure what to do. Do I go to my appointment on the 23rd and only get him Rabies, and then wait a few weeks and get him Parvo and Bordetella? Do I wait on the Rabies instead? I'm just now sure I'm worried about waiting on any of the shots (especially Parvo)

ANY help would be greatly appreciated. What do you suggest? What would you do?

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Unread 12-11-2009, 02:21 PM   #2
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where I live the parvo and rabies is an all in one shot...

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where I live the parvo and rabies is an all in one shot...
Really? Hmm...Arg, all of this stuff is so confusing. I keep hearing different things and I'm really mixed up. I just don't want to do any damage to my dog.

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Rabies vaccine is the only vaccine that is required by law and is never sold in vials in combination with any other vaccines. If a vet is claiming that it is, they're being misleading.

If your dog has already had the initial rabies vaccines, you don't want to give more rabies vaccine than your state requires, such as at one year or three years. I'd suggest getting the rabies vaccine as scheduled only if it is required to comply with the local laws. If you're able to give sub Q shots on your own, you could ask your vet to sell you an individual parvo vaccine and syringe and give it yourself 3 weeks later. Otherwise I'd reschedule another appointment for the Parvo vaccine.

Parvo is more predominant in early spring and into fall and not nearly as much of a concern during cold weather.

Bordatella is most common among kennel, competition, or dog park populations. Unless your dog is exposed to a lot of unknown dogs such as at training classes, dog parks, boarding kennels etc; I wouldn't even bother with the bordatella as it doesn't protect against all forms of the disease. Of course you'd want to discuss all of this with your vet before making a decision!

If he's over two years old and has had all of his puppy vaccines plus one annual booster; this visit would also be a good time to dicuss the American Animal Hospital Association recommendations for vaccinations with your vet.
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well I guess my vet lied... He only gave one shot and their records show it was a combination shot.. maybe regulations are different in Canada.

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"Rabies is mandated by law and is usually given between 12 and 20 weeks of age depending upon the recommendations at state and local level. Some veterinarians will separate the Rabies from the combination vaccines by 2 weeks. Other veterinarians will give the Rabies together with the DHPP vaccine. The reason for the separation is to reduce the over stimulation of the immune system."

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Ditto what JGLI said. I am a vet tech, and a lot of veterinarians don't like to give all vaccines at once. When I worked at the vet clinic, the vets usually gave Rabies and Bordetella (aka Kennel Cough vaccine) together. Then the client would bring the dog back for DHPPC (aka Distemper vaccine or Combo Vaccine) about 2 weeks later. This was usually given by a vet tech, so there was no need to see a doctor or be charged an additional office visit.

I now work at Animal Control, so I know the importance of the regulatory side of it too.
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well I guess my vet lied... He only gave one shot and their records show it was a combination shot.. maybe regulations are different in Canada.
Not sure about Canada but in the USA "combination" vaccines can be comprised of many combinations of vaccines with the exception of the rabies vaccine. It might pay to check with your vet since some combinations can contain as many as 7 vaccines and others as few as 2. Some areas require more vaccines than others. One example would be country dogs who would need protection against Leptosporosis when city dogs wouldn't or those who live in areas where Lyme disease is a concern.

Unless requlation of rabies vaccine has changed drastically, none of the combinations contain the rabies Vaccine! The rabies vaccine is also accompanied by a certificate of proof of vaccination. The other vaccines seldom require a certificate of proof unless the dog is traveling to other countries that require a health certificate.
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When Quinn was getting her puppy shot, my vet said he preferred giving the rabies vaccine separate from others, and not to give too many at once, just to make watching for reactions easier. Perhaps that is how your vet feels too?

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Here is what one of the world's leading veterinary vaccine research scientists, Dr. Ronald Schultz, has to say about giving the rabies vaccine:

"Rabies is also the vaccine most likely to lead to an ADVERSE EVENT. ..."

"You should NEVER give Rabies at the same time as the other vaccines."

October-December 2007, Vol. 26, #3 Journal of American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association, Summary of a Presentation by Dr. Ron Schultz written by Patricia Monahan Jordan, DVM
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