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March 27th, 2012, 06:37 AM
Hello friends
hope you all will be fine

I want a question regarding vaccination of dogs. Well my Lucy is going to 10. I had proper vaccination for her during all this time. Now some of my friend suggested me to stop further vaccination as Lucy is all okay and she does not need any more vaccine. In fat if I continue, it will be over vaccinted and so as a result will harm...

so what you friends suggest?
is that really so as my friend said?

March 27th, 2012, 07:17 AM
Your friend is correct.

March 28th, 2012, 03:06 AM
I agree, I wouldn't revax a 10 year old dog.

Dr Lee
April 15th, 2012, 02:13 AM
I would like to throw my :2cents: in FWIW.

I would caution everyone not to lump all vaccines together. Not all vaccines are created equal - not only by company but also by the type of vaccine. Furthermore every 10 year old dog is not created equal. When we look at a creating a vaccine protocol, it is important that we NEVER make cookie cutter decisions.

Click here for my website that has more detailed info on vaccines. (

So how do we make a protocol that is specifically tailored for a pet?

The factors:
1) The pet's health status. This includes his or her age as well. What is the status of the pet's immune system and overall health? For dogs older than 7, it is generally recommended to have yearly blood work. This can help give us a window into their health. There are many pets that despite other factors, really should not have most or any vaccines.

2) The pet's lifestyle. Depending upon the demographics of where the pet lives, where they go and frequent - things like this makes a big difference. Some 10 year old pets do not live much farther from the couch and some frequent dog parks, doggie daycare centers or go hunting or hiking. These needs or lack of them should be considered.

3) What are we vaccinating for? For many viruses, like distemper and parvo - many times these last 3 or 7 years or even more. In such cases, revaccinating a pet without proper reasons may not be necessary. For bacteriums, vaccines last a much shorter period of time. Many of these only provide protection for 12-14 months or less. In these situations, we must start to think if actual risks. For toxins, vaccine last even shorter

4) type of vaccine. Some manufacturers and some vaccines are safer and more effective than others.

While I figure this may open up more questions than it answers, I hope that it helps. I am happy to answer any more specific questions. :) :pawprint: