How often should a dog get booster vaccinations

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So what does the evidence say about vaccinations for dogs and cats? What should they be vaccinated for? With which vaccines? How often? Not surprisingly, these are complicated questions with complicated, nuanced answers. Simple, one-size-fits-all rules may be convenient, but they don’t reflect the complex nature of biology. The best review so far of vaccination research concerning dogs is the . For cats, the is a useful document. Both of these are consensus statements issued by a limited group of experts, and they don’t meet the standards of a fully transparent, systematic review of the evidence. But they do provide a good summary of existing research and a reasonable interpretation of the how the research might translate in vaccination practices.
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DA2PP vaccinations begin when your puppy is 6 to 8 weeks of age. Your puppy receives additional boosters at 12, 16 and 20 weeks of age. While the DA2PP is not required by law, it is recommended. It is usually required before any boarding or grooming. After the puppy schedule, how often your dog needs to be vaccinated depends on his medical history, environment and lifestyle. If your dog kennels with other dogs on a regular basis, yearly boosters may be necessary. If your dog stays in your backyard with only occasional contact with other dogs, then boosters may be necessary every two to three years. Your vet knows best. Oct 3, 2013 - Minnesota veterinarians have been fighting like cats and dogs over how often rabies vaccinations should be given to dogs
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After studying the effectiveness—and safety—of routine annual vaccinations, experts from two national veterinary associations issued extra guidelines in 2004 on which vaccines should be given to cats and dogs, and how often.Adult Immunizations: Once we are sure we have a protected puppy we need to decide how often we should revaccinate the pet to keep immunity levels protective. Until recently, veterinarians simply gave all dogs booster shots every year. This is what the vaccine manufacturers suggested. Besides, it brought our clientele back to our animal hospitals yearly, which increased our income and gave us the opportunity to detect problems early before the owners were aware of them. Most veterinarians do a thorough physical examination on pets at the time of their yearly vaccinations and we often detect problems during the exam. By law, most states require a yearly rabies vaccination even though studies have shown that many of the rabies vaccines we use give us three years of protection.Individualized Protection for Your Pet
When it comes to pet vaccines, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all protocol. As a matter of fact, a dog or cat could require different vaccinations based upon a number of factors, including: Where in the United States does the pet live, does the pet travel and, if so, where and how often, if the pet is a dog, does he or she go to the dog park, kennel, or groomer and or if the pet is a cat, does he or she go outdoors or live with another cat that does?In dogs that have had prior history of vaccine reactions I often do not give yearly vaccinations. I feel the risks outweigh the benefits. If I am suspicious that a dog might have a reaction to a particular vaccine I pre-administer antihistamines (Benadryl) and give a minute test dose of 0.05ml. If the dog is normal thirty minutes after the test dose I give it the remaining one-milliliter. I limit yearly or every two-year vaccinations for the four “core” diseases to “higher risk dogs”. Higher risk dogs are dogs that roam or take unsupervised strolls; dogs that play with other dogs not from their household, dogs that have contact with wild animals, or swim and drink from pools puddles and streams. Other higher risk dogs are coprophagic (eat stool). Others are more at risk because the attend obedience classes, dog shows, field trials, and large grooming and boarding facilities. About half the dogs I see fall into this higher risk category.