Good ben­e­fits out­weigh the bad

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Why do vets in­sist on ad­vis­ing an­nual vac­ci­na­tions for dogs when ev­ery­thing I have read in­di­cates that im­mu­nity lasts much longer?

Neil says:

Well they don’t. Or, at least, they shouldn’t…

Af­ter a course of pri­mary puppy vac­ci­na­tions, the first year booster con­fers at least three years of im­mu­nity against dis­tem­per, hep­ati­tis and par­vovirus. Un­for­tu­nately, this an­ti­body re­sponse does not oc­cur with lep­tospiro­sis or ken­nel cough and th­ese re­quire an an­nual booster.

Many prac­tices can now do in-house titre test­ing rel­a­tively cheaply, which can al­low a fur­ther re­duc­tion in the fre­quency of vac­ci­na­tion, or, of course, it may just add more to the cost!

Much of what I read on­line about vac­ci­na­tion and the prob­lems associated with it is com­plete un­sub­stan­ti­ated tosh. All po­tent med­i­ca­tions have the po­ten­tial for side-ef­fects but much good has been done by vac­ci­na­tion. Think small pox, po­lio, dis­tem­per and par­vovirus.

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