Hi all, first let me say, i know this has been discussed a lot! I have googled and looked at a lot of sites and read through a shed load of threads on here, the ones in particular i looked at are UK people asking when/if to vaccinate. So my question goes to those in the UK with an adult dog that do not do yearly booster vaccinations, or anyone else that can help too
Honey had her puppy shots with no problems - Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, ParaInfluenza. Then Leptospirosis 2 weeks later. Honey is not shown and does not go in kennels. We do go on a lot of walks where other dogs are/have been.
I know that no vaccinations/boosters are required by UK law. I am leaning towards titres every 2/3 years, as its my understanding that booster shots don't work when your dog's system already has antibodies from previous vaccinations - the existing antibodies neutralize the booster shot.
Does the decision not to do annual boosters affect your Pet Insurance in any way?
Did you have to find a vet who would titre especially, or is it common practice? We have an appt tomorrow AM, so i plan on asking then anyway.
Do you vaccinate every other year, or 3 yearly etc?
Do you do titres every year, or 3 yearly etc?
I'm not expecting anybody to tell me what i must do for Honey, purely asking what other owners do
Kirk's Current Veterinary Therapy (the veterinarian's "bible") says....
"A practice that was started many years ago that lacks scientific validity or verification is annual revaccinations. Almost without exception there is no immunologic requirement for annual revaccination. Immunity to viruses persists for years or for the life of the animal. Only the immune response to toxins requires boosters (e.g. tetanus toxin booster, in humans, is recommended once every 7-10 years) and NO toxin vaccines are currently used for dogs and cats."