I have (2) seven year old dogs and they are due for their shots tomorrow, They have every year received their shots like clockwork. I know they need their rabies shots but I heard there is some debate about the other shots they get. I don't board them and they don't run loose. I live in a rural area and they are cofined to an 80' X 80" fenced yard. I would appreciate any comments you may have. Thanks
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I have (2) seven year old dogs and they are due for their shots tomorrow, They have every year received ... and they are cofined to an 80' X 80" fenced yard. I would appreciate any comments you may have. Thanks

IMO, there's no valid reason for annual vaccinations (for the vast majority of dogs), Mike, except against rabies, which is required by law.
Generally speaking, the New Vaccination Protocol (which is gradually being adopted almost everywhere) calls for vaccinations every three years instead of annually, and even less frequently if titers are maintained.
http://www.doglogic.com/vaccination.htm
You should freely discuss the NVP with your own vet if s/he isn't already aware of it.

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IMO, there's no valid reason for annual vaccinations (for the vast majority of dogs), Mike, except against rabies, which is required by law.

Addendum: And even for rabies (in most areas) you can opt for the 3-year product.

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IMO, there's no valid reason for annual vaccinations (for the vast majority of dogs), Mike, except against rabies, which is required by law.

Addendum: And even for rabies (in most areas) you can opt for the 3-year product.

Texas just went to that option 1.5 years ago, thankfully. Before that we were required to do it annually. And the Vets were using the every three year vaccine.
Gwen
Generally speaking, the New Vaccination Protocol (which is gradually being adopted almost everywhere) calls for vaccinations every three years instead of annually, and even less frequently if titers are maintained.

My Cinners was due her first boosters after the puppy shots at 15 mths and we took her yesterday.
Because weims are particularly prone to problems (UK vet record Nov 18 03) and because she has a UTI within 24 - 48 hrs of each, though had tests to say she was clear inbetween and has not had problems since, I've been more than a little worried about these boosters and though contrary to my vets wants, I got them to agree to a leptospirisis 'only' jab.

Leptospirisis (weils disease) is spread among rats and particularly common around water. The vaccine is believed to be functional for about a year, w/out much argument that I've read, and given that we live near a lot of rivers and streams and that her fav pursuit is digging out rat holes, it seemed the most sensible option to us. (Rabies is not a required jab in the UK & I don't know about weils disease abroad).
Diana
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Leptospirisis (weils disease) is spread among rats and particularly common around water. The vaccine is believed to be functional for ... and streams and that her fav pursuit is digging out rat holes, it seemed the most sensible option to us.

I agree.
AFAIK, there's no proven titer for Lepto yet, Diana, so it's wise to defer to your vet there, if you live in an area where there are signs of rats, Lepto, etc.

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Texas just went to that option 1.5 years ago, thankfully. Before that we were required to do it annually. And the Vets were using the every three year vaccine.

I think I heard my vet say rabies innoculations are still an annual requirement here.
I'll have to double check to be sure though.I may have heard him wrong.

Terri

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Terry Von Gease
I think I heard my vet say rabies innoculations are still an annual requirement here.
Terri:
Here is the Texas Dept of Health information on the newest rabies vaccination laws. If you vet will not use the three year vaccine, it is required annually. However, if he uses the three year vaccine, it is only required every three years. Alot of vets are not advising clients of this change.
http://www.tdh.state.tx.us/zoonosis/REGS/VACCINE/vaccine.asp

Ruth
I think I heard my vet say rabies innoculations are still an annual requirement here. Terri: Here is the Texas ... Louisiana and that's the state I was unclear on. Which you couldn't have known since I didn't mention it. )

Terri

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