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    Was just thinking the other day about vaccinations, and whether there are any more I should be getting for my boy. He's had whatever they typically give at 6 & 12 weeks, though they did mention a few optional ones like lepto\tetanus. Are there any more I should be getting him at 12 months of age? Are these optional ones good to have or just a waste of money? Do you usually have to get previous shots re-done after time? Not sure ..
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    Yep, my dogs also got the 6, 10 and 16 weeks vaccinations, now just the yearly booster vaccination. They just get the C3 Vac. I'm pretty sure the C6 is needed if you're going to put your dog in a kennel. But that is never gonna happen with my current dogs, so no need for it. I've never really researched what diseases are covered/not covered by the vaccinations... I just followed what my vet recommended for me.

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    Think he had the bordetella one (C6 maybe?) along with C5 at 12wks, then C4 at 6wks. Should be good then

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    They need an annual booster of some of the components of C5 or C6 and only three yearly of some of the other components...
    6.6 Vaccination of dogs and cats | Australian Veterinary Association

    I don't remember which is in C3 vaccine and which is in the C5 or C6? vaccine and which are given separately.

    While it's convenient to get all the vaccines at once, it's actually a bit hard on a dog's immune system.

    And for some of the slow mutating diseases -
    Dogs: canine distemper virus, canine adenovirus and canine parvovirus.
    (Core vaccines)
    you can get the vet to "titre test" for immunity. It might take some work to find a vet that understands why you want this and can organise for it to be done at a reasonable cost.

    Eg it should (as far as the best health of the dog is concerned) cost about the same to get proof of immunity by titre testing and get some of the vax done separately as it does to get one injection with all the vax in it.

    tho I did notice when I got Frosty done last time that it was more than one injection.

    I got the heart worm injection for her when she was a puppy because it was included as part of puppy pre school but what I didn't know was it was only half the injections required and I had to pay $80 for the other one, and then they wanted more $$ for subsequent yearly boosters. So I use "revolution" now.

    I'm not sure heartworm is a major problem around here anyway and it's not some money making enterprise by pharmaceutical companies. We do have plenty of mozzies. Just not sure they carry heart worm.

    So you thoroughly confused now?

    Dog should have a kennel cough booster every year. Won't stop them getting it but will make it less severe.

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    Mine have 2 puppy vaccinations at 8 wks and 12 wks. Then once every 3 years and an annual kennel cough because of competing in trials.
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    I thought it was C5 because it included vaccine for 5 diseases...

    But three of the diseases you only need to vaccinate for - every three years. Confused yet?

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    I get my boy Titre tested for antibodies. He doesn't need a vaccination because his immunity is fine.

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    And to add some more spice to the pot. Kennel Cough aka dog version of the common cold. Here's an interesting informed article from Dogs Naturally.

    Three Critical Problems With The Kennel Cough Vaccine (and what you need to do about them) - Dogs Naturally Magazine

    And you wouldn't vaccinate today, any child of yours, if someone offered you a vaccine for the common cold for little johnny, you would probably think, there is no cure for the common cold, there is no vaccine for a disease, that will have more strains to it, that are also cyclical, what's the chances that i get the right strain, and the vaccine contains, wait for it.......... only 3 strains!

    This year in 2015, we are flu vaccinating humans, for the wrong strain of flu, we tried to get the right strain, just like every sodding year since i got to Aus in 2003, and despite the number of years of first hand flu vaccination programs, ie. im sticking the needle in. Never, has Australia been able to provide the correct strain of vaccine. That's how wrong we get vaccinations, for humans, with all the human service regulations. How well do you think a dog would fare in this drug company money making machine?

    Deary me, science wins again.
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    Deary me, science wins again.
    ye old dogs natu rally mag azine seems a bit light on science. They're into homeopathy and that's been scientifically shown to be no better than placebo (have a glass of water).

    The article on vaccines seems very flawed. Most vaccinations these days use dead virus not live virus that could "reactivate in 30 years" and I never heard of a dog living 30 years anyway.

    what they say about shingles isn't quite right either. If you get chicken pox as a child - you're at risk of getting shingle when you're older. Having chicken pox is not a good alternative to being vaccinated as it won't prevent shingles. It's not clear if having the chicken pox vaccine will prevent shingles but you can get a shingles vaccination too. Dogs don't get chicken pox. Getting chicken pox as an adult can be really bad. So if you never got it as a child (me) then it's a good idea as it is highly infectious.

    Kennel cough vaccine - I view a bit like the flu vaccine - When I get the flu - it's not nearly as severe when I'm vaccinated than when not vaccinated but I've been a bit occasional about it, like once every three years. Was very pissed off this year that the 4th strain did not become available until June when they promised it in April. And you couldn't get it separately as a top up. That bothers me too - that they put such a strain on the immune system by putting lots of different vax in the same shot. Bad. Taking anti inflamatories before and after vaccinations can help. Like aspirin or panadol.

    https://www.choice.com.au/outdoor/pe...et-vaccination

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    I wouldn't bother with kennel cough except I cant use the kennel unless I do

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