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Old 12-30-2012, 02:32 PM
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Question UK - Annual Booster Vaccinations

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."
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Hmmmm I'm not sure about boosters neutralizing, I've read once you are immune, you're immune. You do not need boosters to make more antibodies bc it won't make your dog more immune. Does that make sense?

Theoretically, once you vaccinate (puppy rounds), the dog should have positive titers for life. Our plan is doing titers every 3 years just to keep the vet happy but I will not vaccinate anymore with the exception of rabies. Mojo and Lola were both due for rabies this fall but I do it. If I do decide to do rabies, I will wait til summer when they are actually outside.


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Also if you have time check out truth4dogs.com, it's a website by the author of scared poopless (my favorite dog care book) and you can look at excerpts from her book. She talks about vaccines, titers, immune system, ect.


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I did a lot of research before we got Max as his breeder believes in minimal vaccinations and part of the agreement with her was that we won't vaccinate him. He came to us vaccinated against Parvo only. He is insured with Petplan and I contacted them to explain that he won't be vaccinated as I was worried this would void the policy if I came to make a claim. They advised that due to not having his vaccinations then we would not be covered if he became ill with one of the diseases mentioned on their policy however if he needed any care that is unrelated, for example a leg break, then he would be covered as normal. I would suggest checking with your insurer just in case though.

The vet we use can do titres, I think they advised that they are about 50 when I checked earlier in the year.
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Hmmmm I'm not sure about boosters neutralizing, I've read once you are immune, you're immune. You do not need boosters to make more antibodies bc it won't make your dog more immune. Does that make sense?

Theoretically, once you vaccinate (puppy rounds), the dog should have positive titers for life. Our plan is doing titers every 3 years just to keep the vet happy but I will not vaccinate anymore with the exception of rabies. Mojo and Lola were both due for rabies this fall but I do it. If I do decide to do rabies, I will wait til summer when they are actually outside.


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Also if you have time check out truth4dogs.com, it's a website by the author of scared poopless (my favorite dog care book) and you can look at excerpts from her book. She talks about vaccines, titers, immune system, ect.


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Thanks Zorana, yes it makes sense. There is such a lot of info on the web, maybe i took some of it in wrong!

We dont have to have rabies done in the UK unless the dog travels, so am ok with that one for the time being. I will take a look at the site, thanks xx

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I did a lot of research before we got Max as his breeder believes in minimal vaccinations and part of the agreement with her was that we won't vaccinate him. He came to us vaccinated against Parvo only. He is insured with Petplan and I contacted them to explain that he won't be vaccinated as I was worried this would void the policy if I came to make a claim. They advised that due to not having his vaccinations then we would not be covered if he became ill with one of the diseases mentioned on their policy however if he needed any care that is unrelated, for example a leg break, then he would be covered as normal. I would suggest checking with your insurer just in case though.

The vet we use can do titres, I think they advised that they are about 50 when I checked earlier in the year.
Thanks Lianne, i will double check with my Insurance Company. Honey's is due in February, and i was thinking of changing anyway (you get 250 towards behavioural treatment with my current one, but with another its 6000 annually!)

I will check with the Vet tomorrow in regards to titres. Will you be doing it with Max for Parvo?
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I just do the puppy vaccinations, as mentioned above insurance companies will just exclude illnesses which are preventable if you don't vaccinate for them yearly
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Thanks Zorana, yes it makes sense. There is such a lot of info on the web, maybe i took some of it in wrong!

We dont have to have rabies done in the UK unless the dog travels, so am ok with that one for the time being. I will take a look at the site, thanks xx



Thanks Lianne, i will double check with my Insurance Company. Honey's is due in February, and i was thinking of changing anyway (you get 250 towards behavioural treatment with my current one, but with another its 6000 annually!)

I will check with the Vet tomorrow in regards to titres. Will you be doing it with Max for Parvo?
Ur so lucky you do not have to do rabies! That's the one I think cause the most harm and it's the one I think caused the autoimmune issues in my poor Gino.


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I just do the puppy vaccinations, as mentioned above insurance companies will just exclude illnesses which are preventable if you don't vaccinate for them yearly
Thanks Chloe, you don't do titres at all?


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