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Dr. Jean Dodd's Vaccine Recommendations
Canine Minimal Caccine Use Protocol -- 2007

W. Jean Dodds, DVM
11561 Salinaz Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92843
714-891-2022; hemopet@hotmail.com
www.hemopet.org

Age of Pups Vaccine Type
9 - 10 weeks
14 weeks 
20 weeks or older, if allowable by law 
1 year 
1 year 
Distemper virus + Parvovirus, MLV
Same as above 
Rabies  
Distemper virus + Parvovirus, MLV (0ptional) 
Rabies, killed 3-year product (give 3-4 weeks apart from any other vaccine)

 

Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every 3 yrs, or more often, if desired. Written waiver of rabies booster, with justification by client veterinarian, and rabies antibody titer may be granted. See www.rabieschallengefund.org

W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet, 11561 Salinaz Avenue, Garden Grove, CA 92843
714-891-2022;  e-mail hemopet@hotmail.com   www.hemopet.org

 

REASONS FOR VACCINE TITER TESTING *

  • To determine that animal is protected (suggested by a positive test result)
  • To identify a susceptible animal (suggested by a negative test result)
  • To determine whether an individual animal has responded to a vaccine
  • To determine whether an individual vaccine is effectively immunizing animals
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    * from: Schultz, Ford, Olsen, Scott. Vet Med, 97: 1-13, 2002 (insert)

AVAILABLE VACCINE TITERS FOR DOGS

  • Distemper Virus
  • Parvovirus
  • Adenovirus 2 (hepatitis)
  • Bordetella
  • Panleukopenia
  • Corona Virus [not recommended]
  • Rabies Virus (RFFIT: non export)

CANINE VACCINE ADVERSE EVENTS *

  • retrospective cohort study; 1.25 million dogs vaccinated at 360 veterinary hospitals
  • 38 adverse events per 10,000 dogs vaccinated
  • inversely related to dog weight
  • vaccines prescribed on a 1-dose-fits-all basis, rather than by body weight
  • increased for dogs up to 2 yr of age, then declined
  • greater for neutered versus sexually intact dogs
  • increased as number of vaccines given together increased
  • increased after the 3 rd or 4th vaccination
  • genetic predisposition to adverse events documented
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    * from Moore et al, JAVMA 227:1102�110

VACCINE CONCLUSIONS FOR CANINES *
Factors that increase risk of adverse events 3 days after vaccination:

  • young adult age
  • small-breed size
  • neutering
  • multiple vaccines given per visit
     
    These risks should be communicated to clients
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    *  from Moore et al, JAVMA 227:1102�1108, 2005