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Vaccine Issues & WSAVA Guidelines 2015-2017

Dr. Jean Dodds recently gave two invited lectures on vaccine issues and guidelines for veterinarians in Israel. She would like to thank BioGal Galed Laboratories and the Israel Veterinary Medical Association for the opportunity and the wonderful time! The following is a summary of the discussion. Update on Vaccine Issues & Guidelines (2015-2017) World Small…

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Top 10 Facts on Vaccines

1. “Core” vaccines important for puppies and kittens. 2. Other vaccines optional depending on location and lifestyle. 3. Annual boosters not required and usually unnecessary/unwise. 4. Vaccination may not equate to immunization; check serum titers to validate. 5. Long-term protection from canine distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus; feline panleukopenia. 6. Measure serum antibody (vaccine titers) instead annually…

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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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Immune Disorders and Vaccines

In the immunology community, we often toss out words that may cause confusion or appear contradictory. So, I felt that a definitional reference guide applicable to humans, dogs, cats and horses (actually, all species) may be useful. Immune Competence Immunity covers a spectrum from underactive to overactive. Immune competent or immunocompetent is the term referring to the state…

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Nosodes Instead of Vaccines

Homeopathic nosodes are often touted as alternatives to conventional vaccines. In fact, I often suggest the homeopathic nosode remedies, Lyssin, along with Thuja, to help blunt the effects of potential and actual adverse vaccine reactions. However, I do not recommend nosodes to prevent or treat infectious diseases. They do not generate measurable humoral immunity; the B-cell response we want to protect…

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A Pilot Study: 1/2 Dose Vaccines for Small Dogs

    For the past two years, I have conducted a pilot study on whether or not a half-dose distemper and parvovirus vaccine elicited enough immunity to these viruses in adult dogs weighing less than 12 pounds. I thank the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation for supporting this study and am pleased to share the…

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Changes Sought to Rabies Vaccination Laws Based on Scientific Research

The American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) became the first national veterinary organization to support efforts by Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (KSVDL) to improve rabies testing with a modified screening test to determine if veterinary patients need to receive rabies booster vaccinations to maintain protective immunity. The AHVMA and its members have long expressed…

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