What are some arguments in support of and against annual vaccinations for dogs?

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  1. AliciaC profile image98
    AliciaCposted 6 years ago

    What are some arguments in support of and against annual vaccinations for dogs?

  2. Becky Katz profile image84
    Becky Katzposted 6 years ago

    I can only come up with reasons to get them vaccinated. There are none for not getting them vaccinated. The reasons for getting them vaccinated are to keep them from getting diseases that are totally preventable. If they get these diseases, they cause a long painful death. Vets have saved some of them but the majority die. Distemper, parvo, and rabies are just some that will cause them to waste away, infecting other animals in the area and threatening human life also. Please get your pets vaccinated, for their health and for the health of your neighbors pets. It is also much cheaper to vaccinate than to treat.

  3. peeples profile image95
    peeplesposted 6 years ago

    Well we have one dog who wasn't even able to get spayed due to medicine allergies. She can't even be treated with flea medications. Vaccines are not worth the risk for us. We treat our yard 3 times a year to kill all bacterias and virus from entering the yard. Due to her other allergies (grass, pollen, and most trees) she goes out to use the restroom then comes straight back in my home where she can not catch anything that the vaccines protect against. Just as some children can't get them some dogs can't either.

  4. Dragonrain profile image81
    Dragonrainposted 6 years ago

    Look up the new AAHA vaccination schedule recommendations.  They are now recommending that most of the core viral vaccines, things like parvo & distemper, be given only once every 3 years instead of annually.

    There's no denying the protection vaccinations can give our pets, however evidence suggest that these vaccines protect our pets for 7 + years, sometimes even for the entire life of our pet.  And yet many vets are still recommending that cats and dogs receive their vaccines annually. 

    There can be consequences to over vaccinating our pets.  They can range from anything from mild allergic reactions to autoimmune diseases and reactions that cause death. 

    Do your research, become an informed pet owner, and work with a vet you trust to come up with a healthy vaccination schedule for each individual pet.  What vaccinations your pet requires can be based on where you live and what diseases are common in your area, and in general core viral vaccines DO NOT need to be given yearly.  If you're worried about whether or not your pet is protected, consider having your vet draw a blood sample and run titers.

  5. Teylina profile image61
    Teylinaposted 6 years ago

    Becky Sounds on the right track, but unfortunately, there are some quite severe diseases that are extremely rarely for whom there are vaccines that do nothing for the long run except affect that animal. Peoples says it all for some: some unfortunate animals literally cannot take the risk of vaccines because of other problems. Dragonrain has summed it up best and almost perfectly. If your vet says your animal MUST be vaccinated every year you might see another vet. Meds of any kind may be harmful to animals and well as humans--often to their detriment.

    One basic "gut" instinct to keep in mind is learn to be aware of your living area: just as we as humans are aware of our neighborhoods or those to where we are considering moving, we need to keep those factors in mind for our pets as well; i.e., urban vs country, etc., and one is not necessarily safer than the other.

  6. profile image0
    DoItForHerposted 6 years ago

    Here is more information than you probably care to know about canine (and feline) vaccinations:

    http://www.wsava.org/PDF/Misc/WSAVA_Own … er2010.pdf

    Titers are a great way to go and aren't encouraged enough. Sometimes city, state, and other regulations require vaccinations and don't recognize titers as a legal way to prove immunity, so you are required to re-vaccinate for little to no medical reason. However, if you show the titer results, you likely will have no problem with authorities unless you get an ignorant one on a power trip.

    Titers aren't perfect and need to be done properly in order to get the best information from them. Titers are awesome to prevent the multiple vaccinations puppies get. The puppy needs only one vaccination to "take" to be immunized; multiple vaccinations do not increase immunity, they are used to make sure the puppy develops an immunity. Titers do the same thing and better.

    But titers are expensive and not all vets do it. Not all vets would agree with what I say, either.


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