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Old March 24th, 2009, 08:50 PM
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By law we need to vaccinate against rabies every 3 years. Recently, our vets amended their vaccination policy to recommend the parvo/distemper/etc vaccine every 3 years, as well. But I've seen evidence that titers against these viruses remain high even if you don't vaccinate that often, so we may either drop the latter vaccine or just do it less frequently (maybe every 5 years...)

We live in Tick Central, so the Lyme's vaccination is a yearly thing for us--it doesn't offer protection as long as a viral vaccine does. If there were vaccines for anaplasmosis, ehrlichiosis, and babesiosis, we'd get those, too.

Leptospirosis is also endemic here. We've been experimenting with the vaccine--it's recommended yearly, but apparently begins to lose efficacy after 6 months, so in 2008 we tried a twice-yearly schedule... Neither protocol appears to have worked since we've had to treat all 8 for lepto for the past two years. All the cases have been mild, though...and that might be because they've been vaccinated? So we're not sure what to do about the lepto vaccine this year
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