Top 10 Facts on Vaccines

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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 or triennially.
7. Give thimerosal (mercury)-free rabies vaccines; and as late as allowed (20-24 weeks).
8. Booster vaccinations only legally required for rabies.
9. Half-dose “core” vaccines sufficient to protect small toy dogs.
10. Recognize vaccine adverse events; genetic predisposition. Don’t breed; avoid re-vaccination.

W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843

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