I'm a certified veterinary technician, and I selectively vaccinate. For instance, Rabies is endemic where i live, many wild animals carry it. We've even had two cases where rabid animals entered a person's home and attacked, once the person, one case their pet. So heck yeah, I'm vaccinating for that, but only every 3 years for my dogs, and yearly using a nonadjuvanted vaccine for my cats. I don't worry about distemper vaccines for the cats, they are indoors and the vaccine doesn't work that well anyway. My dogs get a distemper vaccine about every 5 years. However, i DO vaccinate new puppies for distemper and parvo, because puppies are at the age they are most vulnerable and again, it's VERY common. I see several cases a year of both diseases. We had a client that was very anti vaccine, and was doing rescue, and I watched the puppies die one by one of horrible muscle tremors and seizures...from distemper. Vaccines make sense when the risk of the disease is higher than the risk of the vaccine. It's just a matter of figuring out what those risks are in your area.
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4/17/10 at 7:41am