Category: Vaccines & Diseases

Dr. Schultz on Lyme Vaccine

It is not a scientifically based recommendation to suggest that all dogs in low-risk exposure states be vaccinated with Lyme Vaccine. There may be select areas in the state, “hot spots” where infection is very high and vaccination would be indicated, but dogs in most parts of the state would probably not receive benefit and…

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Valley Fever and Dogs

On Monday, May 13, 2013, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition aired a very informative segment entitled, “Cases Of Mysterious Valley Fever Rise In American Southwest”. Valley Fever (aka San Joaquin Valley Fever and coccidioidomycosis) is spread by tiny spores that live in the soil and when they are disturbed, they can be inhaled into the…

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Clinical Approaches to Managing and Treating Adverse Vaccine Reactions

Background There is no doubt that application of modern vaccine technology has permitted us to protect companion animals effectively against serious infectious diseases. Viral disease and recent vaccination with single or combination modified live-virus (MLV) vaccines, especially those containing distemper virus, adenovirus 1 or 2, and parvovirus are increasingly recognized contributors, albeit relatively rare,  to…

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Yes or No to the Snake Vaccine for Your Dog?

Question: Dear Dr. Dodds, Tuesday and I are spending a lot of time in the desert and I am concerned about snake bites here, as spring nears. I have seen a snake vaccine for dogs offered in the area. What do you think about it? Thanks! Dr. Dodds Says: The rattlesnake vaccine is a killed, inactivated…

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Dr. Dodds’ Response to California Assembly Bill AB 272 and Michigan Senate Bill SB 118

Dr. Dodds has received several requests about her position on Assemblyman Gomez’s California Assembly Bill AB272 that would lower the required age for rabies vaccinations.  Dr. Dodds wrote a strongly worded letter in opposition to this bill, on behalf of the Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust and concerned pet owners in California. Please contact Mr.…

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