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Know Your Bordetella Vaccine

Many boarding facilities and doggy daycares require your companion dog to have the Bordetella vaccine every six months or annually. This requirement may be due to laws (regional, local, or state), the facility’s insurance purposes, or the belief of those responsible. The shortened interval is because the duration of vaccinated immunity to Bordetella bronchiseptica lasts for only 6…

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Kennel Cough Complex: A complicated phrase for the canine common cold

Infectious canine tracheobronchitis or canine infectious respiratory disease complex has multiple causative agents and its symptoms range from sneezing and bronchitis to inflammation of the throat. In plain English, it is Kennel Cough, the so-called common cold for dogs, which prevails in enclosed, poorly ventilated areas. Just like a child catches a cold at school,…

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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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Q&A w/Dr. Dodds: Kennel Cough Complex Vaccines

Hi Dr. Dodds, I use your vaccination protocol for my puppies. I have a litter that was born in late October 2012 and I am using your updated protocol which recommends 2 parvo-distemper instead of 3. I have a question about the Kennel Cough Intranasal vaccine because it’s not mentioned in your protocol. In order…

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Response: Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia Report and Article

I read with interest the article, “Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia in dogs: Is vaccination a factor?” by Dr. Robert Runde in the November 1, 2012 issue of DVM360 newsmagazine.  The first paragraphs of the article refer to a recently published paper on the same topic by Huang, Moore and Scott-Moncrieff (J Vet Int Med 26(1): 142-148, 2012).…

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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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