Category: Vaccines & Diseases

Frequently Asked Questions about Titers and Vaccination Protocol by Dr. Dodds

We frequently receive questions regarding Dr. Dodds’ Canine Vaccination Protocol and titer tests. We thought we would put together a short FAQ to help you and your dog.  Updated August 23, 2015 Question:  The breeder vaccinated before nine weeks of age. How do I start your vaccination protocol now? Answer:  Just continue with the regular…

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Puppy Vaccination Schedule and Socialization: Can they go together?

My esteemed colleague, Robert K. Anderson, DVM, MPH, DACVB, DACVPM, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine was a revolutionary in the field of animal behavior. He was not only the co-inventor of the Gentle Leader and the Easy Walk Harnesses but also brought to the forefront the discussion of puppy socialization and…

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Snapshot of Leptospirosis Strains & Vaccine

Most Leptospirosis strains (there are about 200) do not cause disease, and of the seven clinically important strains, only four — L. icterohaemorrhagiae, L. canicola, L. grippotyphosa, and L. pomona serovars — are found in today’s vaccines. So, exposure risk depends upon which serovars of Leptospirosis have been documented to cause clinical leptospirosis in the…

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Rabies: The Science & the Current Law

There is the science behind having sufficient rabies immunity; then, there is the current United States law on rabies vaccinations for dogs. To synchronize the law with the science, the Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust (RCF) is financing clinical trials to extend the legally required interval for rabies boosters to 5 and then 7 years.…

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Canine Non-Core Vaccines

BACKGROUND Killed Inactivated Vaccines (Non-Infectious) Because the antigen alone in a vaccine may not be adequate to actually immunize a dog, many noninfectious vaccines must also contain some type of adjuvant. Adjuvants include a wide variety of substances that maintain or “depot” the antigen, as well as stimulate an inflammatory response to provide a more…

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Heartworm: A real and present danger

As a practicing veterinarian for over 50 years, I have witnessed the spread of heartworm disease and experienced dogs and cats who have succumbed to its harsh and unforgiving effects. I believe that the excellent public awareness campaign over the past 30 years about heartworm prevention and medication distribution have done great good, but have…

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Equine Vaccines & Titer Testing

Background Now that we’ve had more than a decade of national guidelines about animal vaccines, why is a vocal cohort still reluctant to embrace this knowledge?  After all, the national policies are all based on scientific facts. Do vaccine industry representatives fail to inform veterinarians about the duration of immunity and true regional and local…

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