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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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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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Vaccines: When too Much of a Good Thing Turns Bad

In my book, The Canine Thyroid Epidemic: Answer You Need for Your Dog, I discussed the critical role a properly functioning immune system plays in your dog’s health. If the immune system is weak (immunodeficiency), your pet’s ability to fight off disease is compromised or absent, which can expose them to many infections, including bacterial,…

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