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Old 05-27-2016, 02:06 PM
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So I need to open the debate about 'to vaccinate or not'. I understand people are going to say yes and others will say no but PLEASE understand I am just looking for what YOU did and why it worked for YOU.

If anyone starts ripping the next apart for their decisions I will just go look to respectful adults able to handle a debate like adults.

I am really struggling with it and who better than to go to than all my lovely peeps here.
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:38 PM
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I'm assuming you mean the 'core' vaccines. Distemper Hepatitis and others. 4 in one vaccine. I did these as a puppy, and then every 3 years. Rabies is the law here in USA. Can be either yearly or 3 year. I think the core vaccines might last even longer than 3 years, but so far vets are reluctant to go any further out. I noticed on my vets computer "owner only vaccinates every 3 years".
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:55 PM
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Great topic! I will have to try and remember to keep an eye on this post for the feedback and thoughts and opinions.

I, like you, struggle with this too at times. I have no choice living in the USA but to vaccinate for rabies every 3 years, which I will do reluctantly. As far as optional vaccines, ie: Lymes, Lepto and Bordetella, I will not and did not do. The core vaccine like Susan mentioned. I did the puppy series and the one year booster. I have not crossed the bridge of having to make a decision on how often, if at all, I will do those past that point. Right now my thought is that the "4 in 1" is optional because it is not the law here in my state and after getting the puppy series and one year booster with that vaccine, testing and studies show those vaccines levels are still high enough for full immunity 5-7 years later. So I will most likely refuse that vaccine from here on out also and maybe do a titer test when we reach the 5-7 years mark and decide from there.

A little off your topic but I thought it was also worth mentioning: I also refuse to give mine heartworm meds or artificial chemical flea/tick treatment monthly. I am not going to give mine insecticides and pesticides on a regular basis as a preventive for something they do not currently have. However, I do have them tested for Heartworm and Lymes twice a year. I use an all natural plant oil spray, as needed on them when I know I am putting them at higher risk somewhere outside for fleas, ticks or mosquitoes. In the summer I also spray our yard with an organic natural "bug" spray every month that also is made up of plant oils.
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You should look into titers for distemper and parvo. They are blood tests that will tell you if your dog is still immune. There are also titers for rabies, but they don't count toward the rabies vaccine laws in the United States. When Cuddles needs her distemper shot, I might get her titers, instead.

I do not vaccinate against non-core diseases, like Lepto or Bordetella. A lot of those vaccines only last a year, and over-vaccinating a Chihuahua can be very dangerous.
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Old 06-17-2016, 06:22 PM
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I don't do rabies anymore. Rico has had progressively worse reactions. In spite of prophylactic benadryl injects, etc. He had it twice and is assumed to be covered for rabies. In some states you need a blood test to show this, in others just a doctors letter citing "medical exemption" to rabies vaccine. Rico get registered and licensed every year with an exemption.
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I'm also wondering the same thing. my padme is 6 1/2 weeks old and I know it's time to take her to the vet soon. unfortunately I got her with fleas and have since been picking them off I also love in the country with lots of ticks so I don't have an option but to get the flea/tick chewable and heartworm too bc there are alot of puddles and random collections of water and was told they can get it from drinking water outside. I don't know what else to do after that though I want to protect against Parvo that really scares me and eventually rabies too since I'm by the woods but what other puppy vaccs are a must and what aren't
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I am for vaccinating for rabies and for distemper and parvo. I am also for the use of heartworm medication and flea and tick preventatives (I use Heartgard and Nexgard). That being said, I have a Chi who is very allergic to the parvo and distemper vaccine. She is not able to get that shot but she does get the rabies vaccine.

My little guy Bentley is vaccinated for all. And its a good thing he is. My neighbor had Chi puppies who ran all over our yard. One of them ended up with Parvo somehow. Bentley was very young and I believe without that vaccine he would have been at great risk.
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I am an anti-vaxer for both my kids and my pets. Now, that being said, every pet we have ever had was a rescue and the rescue had already vaccinated. But we do NOT further vaccinate for any reason. Yes, it's law here, too, but I refuse to do it.

If you are really struggling with this then I suggest you reseach it - BOTH side of it and come to your own conclusion. Because although I deeply believe that vaccines harm and are ineffective what bothers me most is that 99% of people vax only because "the doctor/vet" told them to. Vaccination is supposed to have INFORMED consent. Sadly, very few people are anything but informed.

I respect those who have really and truly done their research.
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