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Yes or No to the Snake Vaccine for Your Dog?

Question: Dear Dr. Dodds, Tuesday and I are spending a lot of time in the desert and I am concerned about snake bites here, as spring nears. I have seen a snake vaccine for dogs offered in the area. What do you think about it? Thanks! Dr. Dodds Says: The rattlesnake vaccine is a killed, inactivated…

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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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Q&A with Dr. Dodds: I had a dog who had a bad reaction to the Rabies Vaccine and now I am concerned about giving it to my other dogs. What should I do?

Question:  I have come to highly respect your opinion and protocol on vaccinations. My problem is I have a 16 month old standard poodle who is due for her one year rabies booster in a few weeks I have decided I don’t want to give it. My 9 year old standard came down with immune-mediated…

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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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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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