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AAHA Vaccination Guidelines 2017 for Dogs Review

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recently released its latest vaccination guidelines for dogs. The association’s primary vaccination protocol has been slightly changed since the last revision in 2011. These updates, while not readily apparent, are still significant. Before we delve into those changes, let’s review the core vaccination protocol compared to the one I…

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Variables of Vaccinations in Dogs

    Companion pet caregivers have stated, “The vaccine didn’t work.” It could be so, although unlikely – depending on the vaccine given. Before we start assuming this to be true, several variables need to be considered. Let’s review some of the most common reasons. Bear in mind, these reasons could be THE reason, OR…

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2016 Dodds Vaccination Protocol for Dogs

The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not be interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice. 9 – 10 weeks of ageDistemper + Parvovirus, MLV  e.g. Merck…

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Stray and Owner Surrendered Canines and Vaccines

Background Shelters and rescue organizations are overflowing with abandoned or owner surrendered dogs. As dealing with these animals involves complex medical, social and management issues, a standard vaccination protocol is usually adopted for all dogs and cats to mitigate potential viral or other infectious diseases and parasite outbreaks. The standard protocol is usually to give…

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Puppy and Kitten Vaccinations: Timing is Critical

Maternal antibodies are those antibodies that are transferred to the puppy or kitten when they receive colostrum milk from their dam only in the first 36 hours of life. After that, even though the breast milk contains many antibodies as well as wholesome nutrients, these antibodies can no longer cross the neonatal intestinal mucosal lining.…

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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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