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What are your feelings on vaccines?

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I was wondering what the general consensus is on here concerning vaccines? Up until about two years ago I'd never given them much thought really...I always just went with what my vet recommended and assumed they knew what was best. I eventually started doing some research into vaccines and can't say that I really liked what I found...

My dogs are a small breed and indoors the majority of the time, I never board them, and I groom them myself. I am now of the feeling that once that have had all of their puppy shots and the first year adult boosters that I only have them vaccinated once every three years (as it's required by law here) for their rabies vaccination and have titer testing done yearly for the rest of their vaccinations. So far, their titer testing has not shown any of their other vaccination levels being low enough that requires "re-vaccination"

I've never had any horribly reverse reactions with any of my dogs concerning vaccines, I just, personally, don't feel good about giving them booster vaccines every year after the research I've done and I'm wondering if I'm in the minority here?

I'm not saying those of you who do vaccinate your dogs yearly are wrong by any means, I think it's a personal decision that you have to make for your own pet...I'm just wondering if there are any other people out there who feel pets are largely being over-vaccinated and have chosen not to vaccinate their pets yearly but to have titer testing done instead?
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Bridgette gets bordetella every 6 months, DHPPC every year and RV every three years. We only do all three because she comes to work with me often and I could easily bring things home with me.

How often she goes to work with you or where you work has no bearing on the need for vaccines. Once she has had the puppy shots and maybe a 1 year shot, she is immune forever. Giving her shots every 3 years does not make her more immune. Either a dog is immune or he isn't and your dog is immune for life.

Titers is not a reliable test for immunity. Titers tests for antibodies and dogs can be immune without antibodies.

Some people may be afraid to say it but I'm not ... people who vaccinate every year or even every 3 years is putting their dog at unnecessary risk. You should research dog vaccinations and read the latest research.
Unfortunately, I do have to vaccinate my dogs according to the vet's schedule because I have to board them occasionally. My vet's vaccine schedule for dogs is every other year for the core vaccines. Since the boarding kennel requires Bordatella vaccine, I get them the intranasal vaccine, since I feel that's somewhat safer than the injectables. I wish I didn't have to, though :mad: .
Fortunately, there is a way around most of that stuff. I order vaccines online, save the receipt and empty bottles and tell the interested parties that I give my dogs the injections myself. That works for all except rabies which must be given by a vet. The others don't. Of course I empty the bottles.

I rarely have to do that because it's not often I board my dogs or otherwise need to "prove" vaccinations.
If she were my dog, I wouldn't give her any more shots except for 3 yr rabies that is required by law. If I could find a way around the law I would do that.
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