Posts by: W. Jean Dodds, DVM

Changing Vaccine Protocols (Part IV)

During the past few weeks, I have informed you about the dangers of overly vaccinating our pets and provided titering as a possible alternative solution. I decided to post a clinical analysis and study that Lisa Twark, DVM and I conducted about the effects of vaccines. – Best, Dr. Dodds The challenge to produce effective…

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Avoid unnecessary vaccines with titer tests (Part III)

In my last two posts, I discussed the potential side-effects (vaccinosis) of over-vaccinating our pets, and the difference between MLV (modified live) and killed vaccines. I cautioned that dogs and cats with immune-mediated diseases are especially vulnerable to vaccinosis, since over-vaccination places additional stress on their already compromised immune systems and has been linked to…

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Vaccines: When too Much of a Good Thing Turns Bad (Part 2)

In my last post, I began discussing that when it comes to canine and feline vaccines, too much of a good thing can be problematic. To restate what I mentioned before, vaccinations at the appropriate times, for the appropriate animals, in the appropriate circumstances are of the utmost importance to preserve health and well-being. Responsible…

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Vaccines: When too Much of a Good Thing Turns Bad

In my book, The Canine Thyroid Epidemic: Answer You Need for Your Dog, I discussed the critical role a properly functioning immune system plays in your dog’s health. If the immune system is weak (immunodeficiency), your pet’s ability to fight off disease is compromised or absent, which can expose them to many infections, including bacterial,…

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Addressing Pet Sensitivities to Foods with Homemade Diets

In my last blog post, we looked at why so many pets react to mass-market, commercially prepared foods. For this reason, more and more people are choosing to take control of their pets’ diets by preparing their meals. In this post, I’ll discuss the benefits of homemade diets and the do’s and don’ts of preparing…

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Evidence Based Practice and Use of Canine Plasma Transfusions

The concept of evidence-based medicine (EBM) has recently been revised to become evidence-based practice (EBP).  Evidence–based practice represents a more complete discipline that combines research science and publications with the art of medicine, namely clinical and patient experience plus expert opinion. Another medical field that relies to a great extent on the principles of evidence-based…

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