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Old 01-29-2012, 11:27 PM   #1
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Default Vaccines are so very overwhelming to me... help?

In the last few months I've really started to research vaccines and such... I have an almost 6 year old dog that had seizures as a pup (Juvenile K-9 Epilepsy) and chose to make sure she didn't get more than one vaccine at a time and that they weren't close than 3 weeks apart... But she's always gotten them all. Now I'm reading that the Lyme vaccine isn't recommended... We go camping, she's had ticks. Is it true that she doesn't need it?
Because of all the issues Kira has had she's had health insurance through Banfield since she was a pup.

Anyway... We find out on Feb. 2nd if our breeder's girl is going to have a litter at the end of the month... meaning we'd bring home our new at the beginning of May! EEK! I've already asked that she come to us completely unvaccinated. But what next? What do you do for your dogs? What do you recommend?

I did do a search and read a few threads here already but most of it I have read and I think I'm just plain overwhelmed but it all... I want to do this right... both for Kira going forward and from the start for upcoming pup! GAH!

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Can you be a little more specific about why you are overwhelmed and what it is about vaccines that you find overwhelming?
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Old 01-30-2012, 12:55 AM   #3
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Welcome whataboutpuppy, good to have you join us. I'm curious, too, where it is you live and what is the incidence of Lyme and type of ticks are endemic to your area?
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Old 01-30-2012, 01:43 AM   #4
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I live in Portland Oregon and spend time also in the Bend area and outside of Eugene... I really haven't looked into Lyme much but that will be on the agenda for tomorrow I suppose. Until recently I just sort of blindly got all vaccines for Kira so she has been vaccinated for it already.
What is overwhelming is the thought of bringing home a pup with no vaccines with schedule to start immediately (going off Dr. Dobb's schedule which starts at 9 weeks) and then only vaccinating for such few things. I mean, for the past 5.5 years I've gotten every vaccine they've told me she needs or is available. I guess nervous is more of a correct word. Nervous that by doing all vaccines I could cause more issues and also by not doing them all i could do the same thing? Lol
Apparently having a dog with seizures has made me overprotective? I didn't think about ANY of this when I brought home Kira.
I posted this exact same post on another forum and the response is starting to sound like I'm nuts for not having the breeder start vaccinating between 6-8 weeks... That seems to be the opposite of what I've read? Lol
Does that help at all? I can clarify more if need be.
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Example of a typical US recommendation
6 to 8 weeks

First DHPP vaccine:

Distemper
Hepatitis
Parainfluenza
Parvo
10 to 12 weeks

Second DHPP vaccine:

Distemper
Hepatitis
Parainfluenza
Parvo
Bordetella I: injectable or through nose, depends on the veterinary practice

14 to 16 weeks

Third DHPP

Distemper
Hepatitis
Parainfluenza
Parvo
Bordetella II (booster of Bordetella I)

Leptosporosis I (Weil’s disease): optional.

Rabies

1 year

DHPP booster

Distemper
Hepatitis
Parainfluenza
Parvo
Bordetella booster

Leptospirosis (Weil’s disease) booster

Lyme disease (optional) booster

Rabies booster

Every year from year 1

Bordetella

Leptospirosis

Lyme (optional)

Every 3 years from year 1

DHPP booster

Distemper
Hepatitis
Parainfluenza
Parvo
Rabies booster

Dog vaccination schedule | Canis bonus

Getting the 'cocktail' along with another vaccine i.e rabies i've seen cause some trouble for smaller dogs (And bigger ones!) I recommended and stress especially to small dog clents of mine to space these out. Speand the extra 30-50 bucks for a 2nd office visit.

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You can also go with Titer testing, as to when you should vaccinate rather than annualy (unless required by law)

Heres some info on Titer testing. Titers and Canine Vaccination Decisions

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The AVMA updated their recommended guidelines for vaccinations in November of 2011.

AAHA updates guidelines on canine vaccination
https://www.aahanet.org/Library/CanineVaccine.aspx

The recommendations may be found here:
https://www.aahanet.org/PublicDocume...Guidelines.pdf
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Welcome aboard whataboutpuppy Glad you have joined us! There's a member on here called Kristine who has posted various disscisions on vaccines and when to vaccinate dogs/pups. Her knowledge is excellent on this and I hope she does post on this thread too Good luck and let us know how you get on. Please
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You may want to check out threads here by Kris L. Christine, or just goggle on-line.

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www.RabiesChallengeFund.org

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