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    When I lived in NZ, my dogs got their 3 puppy vax's and that was it. When we went away they could stay at a mates so didn't need vax's for kennels. 2 of my dogs only had one puppy vax at about 10 weeks and I didnt bother with the rest. 1 dog had all 3 and then got parvo a few weeks after her last one (she survived but did only get a minor dose of it).

    So out of those 3 dogs, only the one at the time who who fully vax'd contracted parvo (she was the first dog I had out of home and that was the reason I stopped giving vaxs).

    I would take the dogs EVERYWHERE. They often met other dogs. One of our favourite placs to go I later found out was a parvo mine field (this was after the one got parvo) and none of them got it (except for the one small bout which wasnt contracted at that park).

    I also had 3 cats who never even had their kitten vaxs.

    Chev (the one who had all 3 pup vaxs and got parvo) had her next vaccination at 12 years old and only because we wer emoving to Oz and it was a condition of import/export. Barney also had a shot, he was 5 and had only had one puppy one at 10 weeks.

    My mother never vax's either though like me, will sometimes give the puppy shots. IMO they build their own immunity depending on the way they are exposed.

    Currently my dogs are on yearly boosters, but the main reason for that is because if we go away they need to be in a kennel and they need to be vaxd. However, Barney was due for his booster in Jun 11 and Pippi was due in September 11 and neither of them have had them. I am not fussed.

    In regards to the other, they are wormed every 3 months, have heartworm treatment every month (we dont get this in NZ at all so its a bit scary for me) and they have flea and tick treatment every 2 weeks (we dont get paralysis ticks either and they scare me a bit too)

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    It depends on what you want to do with your dog - how much you really need to worm and vax.

    I worm the dog every three months. We do get out to the rural areas where there are sheep and stuff fairly often - so there is a potential for my scavenger to pick up tape worm and other nasties. We also have foxes and feral cats which spread some nasties - all through the urban areas too.

    As for the Vax - C3 or C5 and do you get titre testing as well or not.

    Since my dog doesn't seem to have any serious side effects from the C5 - we get that annually. The other reasons to get it done annually are - my dog club requires it and the boarding kennels I use - require it. And I doubt my vet would be thrilled if my dog needed emergency treatment and a stay in dog hospital and didn't have an up to date C5.

    So the alternative is titre testing for immune response - $$$$
    and getting separate vaccines for the stuff that needs doing annually eg Kennel Cough $$$$
    My vet suggested that the titre testing + the separate annual vax - would cost about the same as the C5 anyway. So you don't save any money there, the only reason you'd do it is because your dog has a bad reaction to the C5 vax - which is possible. You may want to get a full break down of $$ in detail (would love it if you post it here), of what the testing and annual vax cost, because me and my vet didn't actually sit down and add it up.

    And then you'd want a letter from the vet stating that you did the titre testing and the dog's immunity is equivalent (after the annual vax) to C5.

    So if your dog has had a bad reaction to C5 vax, and you never want to do any dog sports or board your dog, then you don't need the C5 vax.

    Parvo or distemper are horrible ways for a dog to die though.

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    Funny you mention dog clubs Hyac, I was going to start my boy in agility and made some enquiries and the club here requires annual vaccinations too, yet the regular conformation shows do not. You cannot take a dog to a show that has contracted parvo in the past 12 months, but it mentions nothing about vaccinating. Both are ANKC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    It depends on what you want to do with your dog - how much you really need to worm and vax.

    I worm the dog every three months. We do get out to the rural areas where there are sheep and stuff fairly often - so there is a potential for my scavenger to pick up tape worm and other nasties. We also have foxes and feral cats which spread some nasties - all through the urban areas too.

    As for the Vax - C3 or C5 and do you get titre testing as well or not.

    Since my dog doesn't seem to have any serious side effects from the C5 - we get that annually. The other reasons to get it done annually are - my dog club requires it and the boarding kennels I use - require it. And I doubt my vet would be thrilled if my dog needed emergency treatment and a stay in dog hospital and didn't have an up to date C5.

    So the alternative is titre testing for immune response - $$$$
    and getting separate vaccines for the stuff that needs doing annually eg Kennel Cough $$$$
    My vet suggested that the titre testing + the separate annual vax - would cost about the same as the C5 anyway. So you don't save any money there, the only reason you'd do it is because your dog has a bad reaction to the C5 vax - which is possible. You may want to get a full break down of $$ in detail (would love it if you post it here), of what the testing and annual vax cost, because me and my vet didn't actually sit down and add it up.

    And then you'd want a letter from the vet stating that you did the titre testing and the dog's immunity is equivalent (after the annual vax) to C5.

    So if your dog has had a bad reaction to C5 vax, and you never want to do any dog sports or board your dog, then you don't need the C5 vax.

    Parvo or distemper are horrible ways for a dog to die though.
    As the famous "Meatloaf" once sang - You took the words right out of my mouth

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    Another thing, my friend has a maltese small dog and wants to get him
    shaved down when hot weather is here. They want to see the dogs
    vaccination card before she brings her dog into the Poochie Palar ..

    Never heard of this before ????

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    That's new to me, they must have had a parvo case in before and are being cautious now.
    Back when mum was grooming she would change her clothes and disinfect the tables, brushes, clippers etc after each dog just to be safe anyway.

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    Some of the grooming salons here - have multiple dogs in the same space ie they run it a bit like doggy day care, the owners drop the dogs off, and come pick them up, hours later. I'm just glad I have a dog that does not need clipping or bathing regularily.

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