Dodds Rebuts Incorrect Vaccination Article

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Dodds Rebuts Incorrect Vaccination Article

An article regarding vaccinations was inaccurately attributed to Dr. Dodds and has been circulating. Dr. Dodds reviewed the article, rebutted statements and corrected the vaccination protocol.

Corrected Vaccination Protocol

VaccineInitial1st Annual BoosterRe-Administration IntervalComments
Distemper (MLV) (e.g. Merck Nobivac DPV, or NeoVacD monovalent CDV only). Optional is recombinant rCDV = Merial Recombitek, but only comes in combo with CPV and Hepatitis/Adenovirus or more antigens9-10 weeks; 14-15 weeksAt 1 year MLV Distemper/ Parvovirus only, or serum DPV antibody titersNone needed. Duration of immunity 7.5 / 15 years by studies. Probably lifetime.Can have side effects if given too young (less than 8 weeks). Also can cause post-vaccinal encephalitis (PVE); see below.
Parvovirus (MLV) (e.g. Merck Nobivac DPV, or NeoPar monovalent CPV only)9-10 weeks; 14-15;
18 weeks. In endemic parvovirus outbreaks, MLV CPV vaccine can be given at 6 weeks initially; then followed up with protocol above.
At 1 year MLV Distemper/ Parvovirus only, or serum DPV antibody titersNone needed. Duration of immunity 7.5 years by studies. Probably lifetime. Longer studies pending.At 6 weeks of age, less than 30% of puppies are protected but 100% are exposed to the ubiquitous CPV.
Rabies (only killed)20-24 weeks or as legally required. Use only thimerosal (mercury-free) rabies vaccine = Merial IMRAB TF-1, or Boehringer Ingelheim RabVac 1TF1 year after puppy rabies (give 3-4 weeks apart from Dist/Parvo booster) Killed 3 year thimerosal (mercury -free) rabies vaccine = Merial IMRAB TF-3, or Boehringer Ingeleim RabVac 3-TF3 yr. vaccine given as required by law in California (follow your state/provincial requirements)Rabid animals may infect dogs or any other mammal including people.
Distemper @ 6 weeks or youngerNot recommended. At this age, maternal antibodies form the mother’s milk (colostrum) will partially neutralize the vaccine, and giving MLV CDV vaccine earlier can cause vaccine-induced signs of distemper especially seizures and paralysis.
Parvovirus @ 6 weeksIn endemic parvovirus outbreaks, MLV CPV vaccine can be given at 6 weeks initially; then followed up with usual protocol above.
Hepatitis (Adenovirus 2) MLV often in a combo with CDV and CPVNot preferred. Giving MLV CDV with Adenovirus-2 causes immune suppression for up to 10 days in puppies and increases chances of post-vaccinal encephalitis (PVE). Note: Merial Recombitek combo vaccine cannot cause PVE. IF adenovirus vaccination is desired, can give to older adolescents with oral or intranasal (not injectable) Bordetella as it induces interferon that protects against the upper respiratory viruses.
CoronavirusNot recommended. Disease usually only affects young puppies that are malnourished and parasitized. Rare clinical disease. Mild self-limiting disease; produces orange-colored stool. Virus killed by 80 degrees F and dry housing.
Leptospirosis (4-Way killed vaccine)Not recommended. Rare clinical cases; a reportable zoonotic disease, so check local veterinary and public health agencies for documented cases.
Vaccine side effects common. 4-way vaccine often contains the wrong serovars causing disease in local areas. There is poor cross-protection between serovars. Two doses initially needed given 3-4 weeks apart followed by yearly boosters.
Lyme Vaccine, RecombinantNot recommended. Most cases are in Northeast and around the Great Lakes. Annual booster required after initial 2-dose series.
Bordetella (Oral or Intranasal) (killed bacterin). Injectable version (not recommended)Generally not recommended. Oral preferred over intranasal, as it cannot spray vaccine around the face and those close by. Injectable not recommended as it does not release interferon to protect against the other upper respiratory viruses (kennel cough). Not 100% effective; may be required for boarding or grooming. Offer to sign written waiver to hold facility harmless instead.
Parainfluenza Vaccine (MLV)Included as part of combo vaccines; but rarely clinically important or needed.
Influenza Bi-Valent H3N2/H3N8 Killed VaccineBeing widely recommended as these viruses are highly contagious.
Not recommended routinely by Dr. Dodds as disease is mild and self-limiting unless fever is very high (>104 degrees F) and for those dogs harboring Streptococcus in their respiratory tracts.
Distinguished from common kennel cough which does not produce a fever unless secondary pneumonia follows in 7-10 days. Influenza produces a fever immediately.
2 doses required 3-4 weeks apart and boosted annually.
Giardia Vaccine or Ringworm VaccineNo longer available; not recommended.

Statement Rebuttals

Statement: Dr. W. Jean Dodds vaccination protocol is now being adopted by ALL 27 North American veterinary schools. I highly recommend that you read this.

Dr. Dodds’ Response: UNTRUE


Statement: I would like to make you aware that all 27 veterinary schools in North America are in the process of changing their protocols for vaccinating dogs and cats. Some of this information will present an ethical & economic challenge to vets, and there will be skeptics.

Dr. Dodds’ Response: UNTRUE

Statement: Some organizations have come up with a political compromise suggesting vaccinations every 3 years to appease those who fear loss of income vs. those concerned about potential side effects. Politics, traditions, or the doctor’s economic well being should not be a factor in medical decision.

Dr. Dodds’ Response: UNTRUE


Statement: Dogs and cats immune systems mature fully at 6 months.

Dr. Dodds’ Response: UNTRUE

If a modified live virus vaccine is given after 6 months of age, it produces an immunity which is good for the life of the pet (ie: canine distemper, parvo, feline distemper). If another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the antibodies from the first vaccine neutralize the antigens of the second vaccine and there is little or no effect. 

Dr. Dodds’ Response: UNTRUE. The titer is temporarily boosted and returns to the basal immunity level.

W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843

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