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Canine Influenza H3N2 Virus Updates

On April 9, 2015, I reported that five dogs had passed away from canine influenza out of 1,000 known cases in the Chicagoland area. Chicago is densely populated with dogs and provides a rich resource of social opportunities for them, so these factors would contribute to the flu spreading so quickly. Most of us assumed…

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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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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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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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