Veterinarians are well aware that some dogs suffer adverse effects after a vaccination. These may be transient and relatively mild, or they may be severe, leading to seizures or a chronic health problem. It’s well documented that canine vaccinations can even lead to death.
As a dog owner, you have a right to question your vet about these possibilities, and arrive at the safest treatment plan possible. If you feel as if your vet is more focused on the bottom line, instead of what’s best for your pet, feel free to take your business elsewhere.
Do Dogs Need Annual Vaccinations?
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Because I’m not a medical professional, I can’t give any advice on vaccinations. All I can do is tell you that serious reactions can and do occur, and you should be aware of them. In the United States, some states have a law that mandates rabies vaccination. But the other shots are not required.
If you’re questioning whether your dog or puppy needs annual shots, you should also know that there’s a blood test that can tell you whether antibodies are active. This is called a titre. You may want to consider testing the level of antibodies before allowing your pet to be jabbed.
You can also work with a veterinary homeopath, or a holistic vet, for a second opinion. Oftentimes, these professionals have a much different approach to the issue of vaccination.
Holistic vets are also much less inclined to insist on an aggressive vaccination schedule. Preferably, this is the type of vet you’ll want to work with, as he or she can give you a lot of great tips on keeping your dog healthy.
Adverse Reactions to Dog Vaccines
Through the years, animal shot schedules have become more aggressive.
However, with dogs, it became hard to ignore the problems. Healthy pups were dying, or developing disabling seizure disorders, shortly after their “well puppy” visits. This was due to “vaccinosis,” a well-known condition within some veterinary circles.
A few years ago, dogs were scheduled to receive annual booster shots. However, these guidelines have been recently updated. The recommendation now is for shots every three years.
Whether or not this is what you are told to do depends largely upon where you bring your animal for healthcare. Please bear in mind that an aggressive vaccination schedule is very good for your vet’s business. In addition to the cost of the shot, you’ll be charged for an office visit. Then there’s the repeat visits, if your dog develops complications.
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