Here is my 2 cents ok maybe a dollar (it is long)
Dogs-- "normal vaccinations" are DHLPP or DHPP every 3 -4 weeks from about 6 weeks to 16 weeks of age then yearly Rabies is given one time at 16 weeks then booster yearly or every 3 years depending on local law
D -- canine distemper -
H -- hepatitis -CAV2
L -- Leptosporosis
P -- Parainfluenza
P -- Parvo virus
Lepto -- some dogs have severe reactions to it-- we do not give at all
--lepto is a bacteria spec. spirochete bacteria -- basically dogs get is from outdoor/dirty water source esp. where there is livestock runoff water-- dogs can die from this
distemper -- resp. and nervous system , often fatal, found in wild animal populations sometimes animal shelters will get it and almost lose or do lose all the dogs
Parainfluenza - resp. disease not usually fatal except of course in the young, old , or already sick animal
Hepatitis -- viral liver disease, can be fatal,
parvovirus -- gastrointestional virus that is highly contagious in kennels and unsanitary conditions often kills puppies
also commonly given/available
coronovirus -- very similar to parvo clinically,
lyme vaccine -- lymes disease
(tick borne disease)
bordetella vaccine - vaccinates against kennel cough which is a brochitis
Currently certain org. have "pushed"
vaccine companies into testing and getting approved longer acting vaccines
I believe (ask your vet) there is a 3 yr. dhpp available now, can not remember product name. Is it better for your pet ??? May be "stronger" initially and therefor last that long or just has been tested to be effective that long. Does not mean a 1 yr. vaccine only "lasts" 1 year, that is just how long vaccine companies tested it for.
Rabies is required by law. Some areas accept 3 yr. vaccines and some only do 1 yr. Dog must be at least 16 weeks old.
IMO if you are against vaccines or would like to do a modified program
at least do rabies(once a year or every 3 years) and parvo vaccine when a puppy and booster every three weeks ( there is a parvo vaccine by itself available) . parvo is so common and kills little puppies easily.
the big problem with switching the industry to less vaccines is money of course. Vaccine companies will lose and vets will lose.
what I have learned - experience and journals- a well run practice should not depend on vaccines to keep it afloat. therefor a good practice should be able to adjust. If a receptionist, tech, or vet argues / disapproves of your choice to not vaccinate or to modify the protocol, maybe you want to rethink going there.
I personally do not feel the need to talk client into vaccines if they do not want them. I tell them here is the info. rabies is all that is required. We also have started to give vaccines every 3 years to older dogs that are not in an at risk environment. -- A 5 year old healthy dog who has been vaccinated yearly that does not go anywhere besides their backyard -- does he need dhpp every year??
Also in old dogs (the kind I wonder if I will see them next year) I discuss the possible side effects of the vaccines. I feel if they have been vaccinated well, it might harm them more to stimulate there immune system that much more. I usually just give rabies.
Ok I will stop now. I did not even get into cats.
ohh yeah disclaimer :LOL
Please consult your veterinarian for specific information about your pet. This is merely a informative post. and please disregard any spelling errors -- NAK part of the time