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    As I said, if what you say is true, then perhaps WA Vets have chosen not to follow the advice from their representative body. Although to be fair, the advice is up to 3 vaccinations. West Australians do tend to be a little remote from their east coast counterparts and so it does not surprise me that some do things differently.

    Either way, the Vet that has advised 3 vaccinations in this instance is not wrong. He is simply following the advice of the Australian Veterinary Association. Whether or not the OP chooses to act on the advice of their Vet is their deal.

    I don't vaccinate beyond puppyhood.
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    Sasha had her first three whilst with the breeder. she is 7 months now and i have been told to make sure at 12 months she gets her booster and not to take her out if she doesnt.... ?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by dan4nas View Post
    Sasha had her first three whilst with the breeder. she is 7 months now and i have been told to make sure at 12 months she gets her booster and not to take her out if she doesnt.... ?????
    Dont be too worry darling!! Im assuming if your kids are a few days, weeks late for their vaccs you still take them out? Wouldnt stress about it!
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    Thats true my boy (human ) had his 12 month immunisations two days ago at 13 months. mainly because he was sick on and off and i couldnt get him done while he had fevers. but yeh i still took him out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    As I said, if what you say is true, then perhaps WA Vets have chosen not to follow the advice from their representative body. Although to be fair, the advice is up to 3 vaccinations. West Australians do tend to be a little remote from their east coast counterparts and so it does not surprise me that some do things differently.

    Either way, the Vet that has advised 3 vaccinations in this instance is not wrong. He is simply following the advice of the Australian Veterinary Association. Whether or not the OP chooses to act on the advice of their Vet is their deal.

    I don't vaccinate beyond puppyhood.
    They are following the recommendations which states that 2 full strength vaccinations are acceptable. I checked with a couple of vet friends, they are not going to leave themselves open to legal action. Goodness even my insurance company which is very picky about vaccination protocols and requires the vaccination documentation and dates and type of vaccination when you make a claim are happy with that protocol and we all know how picky they are before they pay out a claim.

    No the vet is not wrong with 3 but the thinking over here is that it is simply not required. Doesnt worry me if people want to pay for and give the extra vaccination. People have to work it out with their own vet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalacreek View Post
    Here is a common protocol from the VetWest clinics Caring for your dog - vaccinations, needles, innoculations, worms, flea, heartworm, food | Vetwest Animal Hospitals

    When should I vaccinate?
    At 6-8 weeks of age puppies should receive their first vaccination; this is temporary and needs to be followed up with another one at 12 weeks. After the 12 week vaccination you can then take your puppy out in public areas.
    Vetwest is my current vet, and i must say, i have been less than impressed with all the information i have been given from them. Might just be the individual vet we saw, but i found her to be very unhelpful and hard to talk to and i just found it really odd that she was happy to give Buckley a 3rd vaccination without even asking or looking at what previous vaccinations he had all ready had :S Not to mention the amount of money she tried to get us to fork out on a special food diet to help with his allergies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tiff-689 View Post
    Vetwest is my current vet, and i must say, i have been less than impressed with all the information i have been given from them. Might just be the individual vet we saw, but i found her to be very unhelpful and hard to talk to and i just found it really odd that she was happy to give Buckley a 3rd vaccination without even asking or looking at what previous vaccinations he had all ready had :S Not to mention the amount of money she tried to get us to fork out on a special food diet to help with his allergies.
    I only picked the Vet West website out as an example of a WA clinic being happy to put the 2 vaccination protocol out online. To be honest I am less than impressed with many vets that I have had dealings with.

    Mind you I am spoiled in that I have a sister who is a surgical specialist vet and I run everything past her to weed out the crap, and she knows the general practice vets that are experienced and up to date and will ask them for up to date general practice stuff that she doesnt deal with, like vaccination protocols as she vaccinates the family dogs. Having said that my current general practice vet I have known for years is very competent and up to date and we have some good discussions. She did my latest puppies and the 2 vac protocol is what her vet practice recommends. You have to be real fussy with vets. I know I am and will only take my dogs to see specific vets if I need a general practice type thing, otherwise I see specialist vets. Years ago my dog suffered from severe allergies and my sister said to go straight to Murdoch and see their specialist dermo vet. She soon had my dog sorted.

    My sister said years ago that she thought that we overvaccinated our dogs, but if you kennel or compete in trials it is tricky as they want vaccination certificates. I do the once every 3 year vaccinations now and many vets dont tell you about them either.
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    Interestingly, my Vet doesn't even recommend the 3 year protocol and neither do I.

    Over-vaccination indeed. Why vaccinate at all after puppyhood if you follow the line that we over vaccinate?

    Once an antibody response is triggered, it should only need monitoring, not boosting every 3 years which is uneccessary in my view and if you want pay for that extra vaccination...but then as you said, "People have to work it out with their own vet"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Anne View Post
    Interestingly, my Vet doesn't even recommend the 3 year protocol and neither do I.

    Over-vaccination indeed. Why vaccinate at all after puppyhood if you follow the line that we over vaccinate?

    Once an antibody response is triggered, it should only need monitoring, not boosting every 3 years which is uneccessary in my view and if you want pay for that extra vaccination...but then as you said, "People have to work it out with their own vet"
    Be cause if you read my post you would see that I compete in ANKC trials and kennel my dogs. So I have to have a valid up to date vaccination certificate. My insurance also requires it. Why would I vaccinate annually if I can vaccinate once every 3 years and it is considered a valid vaccination. I dont understand what you are getting at.

    If I didnt have these requirements I would likely do things differently, I know my sister doesnt bother, she just monitors, but she has no need of vaccination
    certificates.

    It would seem that a lot of vets will continue with the 3rd puppy vacc and then annually unless you question them. To me the 2 puppy vaccs and the 3 year booster is a good option where you need the certificat is all I am sayin.
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    Does the ANKC accept titre testing yet?
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
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    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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