There was a thread about just this on the Health forum recently. I posted several good sources talking about the modern recommended vaccine protocols there. =)
One thing to know, is that an infected tick has to be attached to a dog for 12-24 hours minimum in order to transmit the disease. Also, most dogs with Lyme are not even negatively affected by it (asymptomatic). Regular checking/removal of ticks is the number one precaution to take. Lyme vaccines are known to have common negative side effects, as well.We have A TON of ticks out where I live, so it's a huge concern for me. As I previously posted, a friend of mine has a dog that was vaccinated against Lymes and used Frontline faithfully and the dog STILL got Lymes.
Look up her minimal vaccine protocol. I think you'd approve of it.I don't know who Dr. Dodd is and what his/her vaccine "protocol" is, but my Sofe isn't getting anymore jabs.
Even I, who has a pet peeve against overmedication for heartworm, do it seasonally. It's very rare in my area, but better safe than sorry. I use a seasonal, minimal dosing schedule.I am actually a little surprised by this. Vaccinations, chemical flea and tick preventative...okay..I get it. But no heartworm preventative? I'm a little surprised by that. How DO you protect against heartworms?
No prob. I thought it was a cool resource. =) (if you click your state, it even breaks down each disease's statistics by county!)Thank-You for the link for the lyme disease.....
Annual health checks are a great thing... it's unfortunate that many people will only do them for shots, and stop going if they change over to the minimal vaccine protocols. Being able to catch early things like cancer is invaluable. I think increased pet-owner education could improve that fact. But that goes for a lot of things, really.Really my dogs go more often than annually as things crop up that aren't serious but need vet attention, like a mysterious limp or whatnot.
Hm, that geranium oil sounds interesting, but I'm always worried about using anything on Ice's skin (for obvious reasons). I don't mean because of toxicity, but because of pore-clogging potential. That's the main reason I use oral Ivermectin-based preventative. Ivermectin is supposed to be safer than the other chemical preventatives, though it's still a toxin. She only gets it 3 or so times a year, though.Oops, I forgot about this thread. I honestly wasn't trying to skip out on answering.
Googling "natural heartworm prevention" can give you more information than I can posting:
In short, I feed my active dogs a quality diet, supplemented with BugOff Garlic, Diatomaceous Earth, etc. and also take many other preventative measures.
If it doesn't stay at least 57F for more than two weeks straight (day and night), the larva in the mosquito cannot molt into the phase that is transmittable to dogs. If it drops below that for even a few hours, they all die. So you need certain temperatures for a specific amount of time PLUS mosquitoes, not just mosquitoes.I checked out the link, and am extremely confused. According to the maps, I should START Heartworm preventative in AUGUST and end in November. August???? I KNOW that there are mosquitoes here before August. I'll probably start in June (most people around here start in May).