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Dog vaccine shelf life is one of the most commonly discussed topics in the dog world. I thought I'd start an occasional series here at Fido In The City on various aspects of dog vaccination and discuss the science of it in hopes of helping the rest of you in your understanding of the vaccine schedule and the vaccine itself. I'll also try to share my opinions on whether I think the dog vaccines should be mandatory or not. As usual I'll start with a brief overview of the dog vaccine schedule (some of which might surprise you!).

Dog Vaccination Schedule

The first line of defense agnst infectious diseases is the immune system of the animal (or human, for that matter). In dogs, the immune system is most effectively protected through vaccination. We’ll start with the basics, and then take a closer look at which vaccine types and the recommended dose schedule are most effective.

If we’re doing our job as veterinarians, then we’ll give our clients and animals a very basic level of understanding of the immune system and how vaccines work. Our dogs are vaccinated on a schedule, and it’s critical that we understand the schedule. There are currently 10 vaccines recommended in dogs for the following four diseases: distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and rabies.

This basic overview is a great starting point and we’ll be taking a deeper look at these diseases in future articles. Now, it’s important to know the basic vaccines that are most effective agnst each disease. This will give us a starting point to discuss why vaccines do or do not work in dogs, and hopefully help you understand the science behind why vaccines are sometimes recommended (and sometimes not).

So, what are the most effective vaccines in the dog world?

Dog Vaccine Basics

Dog Vaccine Basics: Distemper, Parvo, Hepatitis, and Rabies.

The Basics. First, the dog vaccine schedule looks something like this:

Distemper, Parvo, Hepatitis, and Rabies. It might be a little more confusing when it comes to the differences between the vaccines, but for the sake of keeping things simple, I’ll give you a brief overview of each.

Distemper: Distemper is an incredibly contagious and very serious virus that can cause serious disease if not treated early. Dogs vaccinated with the canarypox virus (in the distemper vaccine) are fully protected from distemper, while those that receive the modified live vaccine (which contns the distemper virus) are not. If your dog does not receive the distemper vaccine, it is highly recommended.

Parvo: Parvovirus (also known as parnfluenza virus) is an extremely contagious virus that is usually associated with puppies and young dogs. It’s a vaccine for which we have some data that there’s a correlation between parvovirus vaccination and decreased parvo outbreaks in the dog population, but not enough to make the vaccine mandatory for all dogs. Parvo is considered a critical disease, but it is the least common of the four viruses in the dog world. In the U.S., only 2.3% of dogs have been vaccinated agnst it.

Rabies: Rabies is a critical disease for the safety of other dogs and people. Dogs who aren’t vaccinated agnst rabies run the risk of contracting it. Rabies is a deadly virus that can cause serious neurological disease if not treated quickly. Rabies is a critical disease, but not an absolute one. The vaccine is not completely effective and is only given once. If a dog does contract the disease, he will be treated with aggressive antirabies medication.

There’s an abundance of information out there on the diseases themselves, but it’s important that we have a good understanding of the disease for our dog’s sake. We can’t give our dog a vaccine that we aren’t confident will work. In a nutshell, the vaccines we give your dog are there to protect him agnst infection. They are only as effective as the vaccine itself, which is why it’s important to know the basic differences between them.

Vaccines are very complicated animals. They’re complex combinations of different viruses and proteins that can interact in the body to either create or inhibit an immune response. They’re also the most important preventative measure we have agnst infectious diseases, and they’re what the rest of this article is about. It’s also important to understand that vaccines do not work 100% of the time and can have side effects that we don’t yet fully understand. For all of these reasons, it’s not enough to take a quick Google search to determine if the vaccine is “good” or “bad.” It’s also not enough to say “I’ve always used it, why should I switch?” That kind of thinking will get you into trouble.

Vaccine Dose: How Often to Vaccinate?

There is a lot of misinformation out there regarding the frequency of your dog’s vaccination schedule. I’ve seen it sd in the thousands of times that the dog must be vaccinated every year. Others will say, “My dog doesn’t even need to be vaccinated agn.” The reality is that all dogs should be vaccinated twice per year. There’s a whole slew of reasons why it’s critical for your dog to receive a second vaccination in the second year, but I won’t get into them right now. If you’re interested in learning more about the reasons why this is important, I highly recommend reading The Vaccination Myth, written by Dr. Ron Rosedale, who was a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Medicine’s Committee on Comparative Medicine.

The frequency of vaccination for your dog is directly related to the vaccine you’re vaccinating with. In fact, the amount of time your dog can go without receiving a vaccine is determined by the frequency of that vaccine. So


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