Rabies: The Science & the Current Law

There is the science behind having sufficient rabies immunity; then, there is the current United States law on rabies vaccinations for dogs. To synchronize the law with the science, the Rabies Challenge Fund Charitable Trust (RCF) is financing clinical trials to extend the legally required interval for rabies boosters to 5 and then 7 years.…

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More on Vaccine Titer Testing for Pets

Some veterinarians have challenged the validity of using vaccine titer testing to assess the immunologic status of animals against the common, clinically important infectious diseases. With all due respect, this represents a misunderstanding of what has been called the “fallacy of titer testing”, because research has shown that once an animal’s titer stabilizes it is…

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To vaccinate or not to vaccinate for Infectious Canine Hepatitis?

Infectious canine hepatitis (ICH) is caused by canine adenovirus -1 (CAV-1) but we no longer have vaccines against this strain because they caused  “blue eye”, a permanent protein-deposit blue opacity on one or both eyes. Instead, we vaccinate with canine adenovirus -2 (CAV-2), which is part of the kennel cough complex of viruses [CAV-2 is…

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