September 14, 2012

When Too Much of a Good Thing Turns Bad

Now Dr. Jean Dodds, one of the foremost experts on pet health care is publishing a series of articles focusing on vaccination protocols, thyroid issues and nutrition. Dr. Dodds has been at the forefront of efforts to reform rabies control and prevention ordinances and a staunch advocate for a sensible, medical approach to pet vaccines - as few as possible or none at all based on age, health status and proximity to risk.

So, what does this post’s topic – vaccinations – have to do with our pets’ immune systems? Plenty! As a dutiful pet caretaker, you are no doubt vaccinating your pet against a host of diseases. And, of course, a proper vaccination program is essential to your pet’s health. On the other hand, research shows that our pets simply don’t require annual vaccination boosters to keep them protected. In fact, the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) revised 2011 Canine Vaccination Guidelines recommend a revaccination program every 3 or more years for dogs. And the truth is that once your dog has completed his puppy series (or kitten series for cats) for the core vaccines, there is a good chance his body will maintain immunity to these diseases for life. Yet, many well-intentioned people continue to follow the advice of some veterinarians and give their adult dogs and cats annual (or even semi-annual) vaccine boosters. This can result in over-vaccination and a variety of potentially damaging – and in some cases, even life-threatening – adverse reactions (referred to as “vaccinosis”).

In short, don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. 

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