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    Default Immunisation - how often?

    I was reading around and am pondering these articles. I am wondering what others conclude or think?
    Overview Annual Dog Vaccination Dangers | Doglistener

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    I think we probably know that annual vaccinations are too often. I usually do two puppy vaccinations then a booster at 1 year and then every 3 years after that. Idealy you would probably just do a titre. It is important to make sure the dog is covered.

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    Kennel cough and one of the others has to be done each year.

    The big three vax only need to be done every three years. the vet will argue that it's easier to just do C5 or C6 (six diseases at once) every year but that does put a huge load on a dog's immune system. My vet also argues that immune testing (titre testing) is just as expensive as getting the vax so might as well get the vax. And that it's cheaper to get the all in one than separate vax. Except for a C5 vax - it's three needles - so we're getting separate vax anyway WTF.

    I got my last vax cert to have printed on it when the next vax is due:
    not entirely satisfied but it sort of says
    kennel cough due in 2016,17 and 18 (ie annually)
    and the
    "nobiavac C3 due in 2018"

    so I'm guessing there's two strains of kennel cough in that one vax? otherwise deparately confused.

    The Australian Veterinary Association and a government website used to have clear information but now they don't. Sigh.

    http://www.wsava.org/guidelines/vaccination-guidelines

    PS do not get the heart worm injection at the same time. Separate by at least two weeks but ideally a month or so. The instructions that come with the heart worm injection (instructions available on the web) say do not give it at the same time as the vax jabs. Which one of my vets did. Ie all together now. I'm surprised my dog is still alive. She was really flat afterwards tho.
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    I asked one of the vets at work whether a C3 vaccine is needed every year. He said there are different types that vets use (some are yearly, some every 3 years), and our clinic uses the yearly one...

    I dunno, all that stuff goes a little bit over my head to be honest

    My gut feeling says every 3 years, but it is hard to know whether to trust your vet or the internet...

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    Firstly, your dogs social life needs considering. Does it stay at kennels, visit dog shows, mix with sheep/cows, other dogs etc etc.

    My vet says C5 annually, heart worm at same time offered.
    I decline heart worm treatment, based on my ability to critique research papers out of canine epidemiological studies of heart worm. But i get its each to their own. 2-3% incidence in all dogs. Young, infirm, aged etc. So when i do the maths, that's not enough risk, to pump my dogs with toxins to prevent something, they are unlikely to encounter. And in 40yrs of dog ownership, never had.
    I get C3 every 3 yrs.
    If i wanted to use kennels, or compete, it would have to be in accordance with those organisations however, as they are old school annually.
    I dont have kennel cough, unless the dog is under 1yr
    I dont ever use tick treatment, as there are no ticks
    I dont use flea treatment other than drowning all the hatched fleas on the dogs body, daily in the dam. And this seems to be sufficient for dog run in long grass paddocks daily.

    I do use apple cider vinegar in water supply, garlic in diet, and mossy automatic machine on the deck so we are all not eaten alive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bernie View Post
    Firstly, your dogs social life needs considering. Does it stay at kennels, visit dog shows, mix with sheep/cows, other dogs etc etc.
    I agree with this. Dodge had her puppy vaccinations but after that she never had another one. She pretty much never leaves the farm so that is fine for her. Koda goes out places so he gets vaccinated.

    I also do not treat my dogs for ticks, no need to. And I only treat for fleas if they're getting fleas. Most of the year they don't get fleas, its only a few months around christmas that they really get fleas.

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    I dont bother with kennel cough and the kennels I use when I need to, dont require kennel cough vaccination. So evey 3 years for my dogs. I would do it that way even if I didnt leave the farm with them. Lots of foxes around, and wild dogs in some areas. My neighbours lost an entire litter to parvo and their dogs never leave the farm but they do travel around their 5000ha property.

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    I think some of the confusion is one of the C3 brands has been "tested" for 3 year immunity (may last longer) and the other brands haven't so recommend annual.

    So the one I got - the vet feels comfortable putting due in three years for the next booster.

    I guess it's like some people vax - some need doing more often than others. And some they thought only needed doing once - do need a top up eg tetanus.

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    I have a specialist vet friend and I know she knows her stuff so I trust her to vaccinate my dogs with the appropriate vaccine and she believes that once every 3 years is quite adequate with the vaccine that she gets for my dogs and hers.

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    Hmmmmmmmm
    Maggie reacts very badly to the 3 yearly vaccine.
    Maybe shall do titres test next year.
    As she is out all over the place I have to do the fleas and heart worm. Kennel cough as the kennel we use does want it.
    It really does depend on each dogs circumstances.

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