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The Lowdown on Dog Vaccinations


Over the last 20 years, vaccinations have generally been started in puppies at about 6-8 weeks of age, when the natural immunity inherited from the mother may start wearing off. A series of shots will then be given every three to four weeks, and boosters are administered every year after that.

On one hand, in the last 20 years few could deny that vaccinations as they are administered now have been quite effective. I mean, when was the last time anyone's seen Old Yeller limping down the street, foaming at the mouth, requiring the talents of the local sharp-shooter, Atticus Finch, to protect the panicking townspeople? I'm mixing my movie metaphors, but the point is these films with rabid dog scenes are set in decades past, and since then, rabies, and other diseases like parvovirus and distemper, have been successfully prevented in vaccinated American pets.

Vaccination Concerns Leading to New Trends

In recent years, the current trends in canine immunization and boosters have come under much scrutiny. With new vaccines becoming available with increasing frequency, and with more and more vaccines being given in combination within a single injection, many pet owners and veterinary professionals are becoming concerned over the possibility of over-vaccination, particularly with regard to annual boosters, a problem with potential negative outcomes of its own.

To address this issue, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), in 2003 issued recommendations using available scientific evidence, as well as the clinical experience and expert opinions of a wide variety of animal health professionals. While not a protocol to be followed exclusively, these recommendations offer guidelines for veterinarians setting up individualized vaccination schedules for pets on a case-by-case basis.

New AAHA Recommendations

Basically, the AAHA recommends that vets follow all previous recommendations for puppy vaccinations, but to place vaccines for adult dog boosters into two categories: core (recommended) and noncore (optional).

Core vaccines would be administered every three years. (There is some evidence that suggests core diseases could be covered for 5 years or more with these vaccines, so three years was given as a compromise, a "better safe than sorry" approach). They cover the most severe and common illnesses.

1. Rabies
2. Canine parvovirus
3. Canine parainfluenza virus (in combination with other kennel cough- causing viruses)
4. Distemper

Noncore vaccines cover diseases which are not as common or severe, and may have at one time been given to most dogs, perhaps unnecessarily. The new guidelines suggest that noncore vaccines should be given on a case-by-case basis taking into consideration factors like the age and health of the dog, or his likely exposure to the infectious agent. For instance, you may not have to give a vaccine or boosters for Lyme Disease if your pet stays in your apartment and ventures out only for walks on concrete city sidewalks. Or, if ol' Max is of advanced age, the risks of some vaccinations may outweigh the benefits. Under these recommendations dogs would receive appropriate noncore boosters annually.

Finally, the AAHA listed three vaccines that it feels should not be administered at all.

1. Giardia- the vaccine for this disease does not prevent infection

2. Canine adenovirus type 1(hepatitis)- the vaccine for this disease can cause visual impairment in dogs, and type 1 of this disease is covered with the type 2 vaccine, which is usually given in combination with the vaccine for parainfluenza.

3. Corona virus- according to the AAHA, corona virus does not commonly occur, and when seen is self-limiting.

Since these recommendations are not intended to be "set in stone", and since canine vaccination is obviously a nuanced issue (read: confusing and complex!), it is wise to discuss with your vet the rationale behind your dog's vaccination schedule and follow his or her recommendations based on your dog, his health, and his environment.

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How to de-stress pets if you’re returning to work  WAVE 3

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Pets, allergies and safe spaces when needed most  Moscow-Pullman Daily News

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Pets of the week: An exotic looking cat and a cuddly terrier mix  Duluth News Tribune

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Keeping Pets Safe at Home  NBC New York

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Rabid Fox Confirmed in Spartanburg; Two Pets Exposed  SCDHEC

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It's costing more for troops moving pets overseas. Here's some help  Military Times

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Somerset, Cambria animal shelters hope potential return to normalcy doesn't harm pets  Daily American Online

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Points for Pets: Dog 'scooting on their bottom' can have many causes  WV News

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Sustainable Pet Industry Grapples With Its Meat Problem  Forbes

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Bald Eagles Are Back. And They Want to Eat Your Pets.  The Wall Street Journal

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Remembering pets forever: Florida company creates custom-made stuffed animals of family pets  FOX 35 Orlando

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South Shore animal shelters step up to stop wave of abandoned 'pandemic pets'  The Patriot Ledger

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PET OF THE WEEK: Chase  Odessa American

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The One Homemade Treat Everyone Is Trying for Their Pets | Eat This Not That  Eat This, Not That

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PETS OF THE WEEK | Lifestyle | djournal.com  Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal

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Managing Pets With Tech: Crowdfunding PetCode  Forbes

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Tips for protecting your yard and pets from coyotes  WXYZ

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In China, Deaths of Mail-Order Pets in Mystery Boxes Set Off a Backlash  The New York Times

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Easing Your Pet Out of the Work-From-Home Routine  NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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Pets are being returned to Tampa Bay shelters after pandemic adoption boom  Tampa Bay Times

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Player Pets: Carson Soucy & Gracie  BlueJackets.com

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Cold Noses: Adoptable Pets of the Week  The Florida Times-Union

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Separation anxiety | Return to workplace poses issues for pandemic pets and their owners  Texarkana Gazette

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El Paso sees a shortage of veterinarians with more pets needing service  KTSM 9 News

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Pets adopted during pandemic are being surrendered at Seminole shelter as people head back to work  FOX 13 Tampa Bay

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PET OF THE WEEK: Odie  Odessa American

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Dog show brings people and pets together  LimaOhio.com

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Over 65 Percent of Pet Owners Would Dump a Partner Their Cat or Dog Didn't Like, Survey Finds  PEOPLE

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Record Returns for Pets Adopted During Pandemic  WebMD

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What emerging 17-year cicadas mean for your trees and pets  WSBT-TV

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Bay Area shelters react to pandemic pet returns  KRON4

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Police: Hundreds of cockroaches, pets found in dirty Florida home  FOX 35 Orlando

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Pets experience separation anxiety as people return to work  WKRC TV Cincinnati

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COVID-19 pet boom has veterinarians backlogged, burned out  KSL.com

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COVID-19 pet boom creates many challenges for local veterinarian  Huntington Herald Dispatch

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General Mills beefs up pet foods division with $1.2 bln Tyson unit purchase  Reuters

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Tampa Bay area pets looking for forever homes  Tampa Bay Times

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You Can Pet a Virtual Cat and Feel Its Simulated Fur Using This Elaborate VR Controller  Gizmodo

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Culpeper Shelter Pets for week of May 16, 2021 | Latest News | starexponent.com  starexponent.com

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Salt Lake City Native Stars in New Netflix Series 'Pet Stars'  Daily Utah Chronicle

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How to get your pet to stop begging for help  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County  The Register-Guard

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People are returning pets adopted during pandemic, Maricopa County animal control officials say  12news.com KPNX

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They fell in love with their pandemic pets. Now they don’t want to leave them.  Seattle Times

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‘He grabbed the lead and said: give me the dog’: can pet detectives stop the rise in animal theft?  The Guardian

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The shocking amount of money people spend on their pets annually  SCNow

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PACC Needs Help Making Room for Incoming Pets  Signals AZ

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PFAS found at high levels in pets near Chemours plant - NC Health News  North Carolina Health News

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Vets Are Facing Burnout Amid Pandemic Pet Adoption Boom  NPR

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‘Pet anxiety is real’: More employers willing to allow pandemic-pets when staff return to the office  Digiday

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The 7 Hardest-Working Air Purifiers for Homes With Pets  Dwell

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Global Pet Supplement Market (2021 to 2027) - by Pet, Application, Source and Distribution Channel - ResearchAndMarkets.com  Business Wire

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Pet Vet: Cat Scratch Fever  WNDU-TV

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'Animals who aren't perfect make wonderful pets:' Palm Beach County couple adopt dogs with disabilities  WPTV.com

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Purrch, the World's First Pet-First Social Media App, Leans into Booming Pet Space  PRNewswire

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Pets of the week: Hewbert is hoping to find a loving family where he can gain confidence and truly blossom  Victoria Advocate

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Potter League CEO disputes claim of national increase in 'pandemic pet' surrenders  newportri.com

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Make Nutrition a Priority for Your Pet  PRNewswire

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Best pet stores in the Philadelphia area  The Philadelphia Inquirer

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Meet our KSBW Viewer Pet, Rogue!  KSBW Monterey

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More people begin surrendering pets they adopted during the pandemic  KTLA

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Protesters urge Alachua County Animal Services take action against dog owner claimed to be abusing pets  WCJB

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COVID-19 pet adoption boom has many veterinarians overwhelmed  Chicago Tribune

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These Small and Cuddly Pets Are Perfect For Busy College Students  POPSUGAR

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Paws for Pets: Holmes (sweet, affectionate guy, loves to curl up with you)  Yahoo News

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Raccoon River Pet Rescue Donations Start Today  raccoonvalleyradio.com

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Help find a home for these adorable, adoptable pets: May 15-16  SILive.com

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Pet surrenders spike as end of eviction moratoriums loom, Austin shelters say  Austin American-Statesman

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Prepare your pets before you head back to the office, Oregon Humane Society says  KATU

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How Losing a Pet Can Make You Stronger  The New York Times

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PHOTO: Pet of the week  Yahoo News

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Claremore Business Goes All Out For Pet Food, Animal Adoption Drive  News On 6

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Local pet supply Store Two Bostons to host grand opening May 22  Chicago Daily Herald

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Newtown Realtors Expand Annual Pet Food Drive  The Newtown Bee

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Got pets? This best-selling mop/vacuum combo ‘does not leave ANY hair behind’—and it’s on sale  Yahoo Lifestyle

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Pet store worker uses TikTok in an effort to remove stigma  Spectrum News NY1

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Ask the Vet: Keeping pets safe in the sun  KTLA

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Pet Pals TV: Rescuing kittens  WISHTV.com

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Wayzn Smart Pet Door review: Now Fido can open your sliding door  TechHive

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‘The Traveling Zoo’: Life on the Road, With Pets at Their Side  The New York Times

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Former pet groomer pleads guilty to animal abuse, receives probation  KOMU 8

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The most iconic photos of White House pets throughout history  Insider

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San Antonio Pets Alive! is overflowing with animals, administrators say; fosters and adopters needed  KSAT San Antonio

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Pet of the Week: Zeke is a friendly cat looking for a new family  Taunton Daily Gazette

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Over 40 Percent of Pet Parents Look at Their Cat or Dog as a 'Starter Child,' Survey Finds  PEOPLE

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National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day: 40 essentials for new pet owners  New York Post

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Animals stolen from Preuss Pets in Lansing  WLNS

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Need More Cute Animal Content? Follow the Pets of Netflix's Pet Stars on Instagram!  POPSUGAR

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5 arrested after Lady Gaga's dog walker shot, pets kidnapped: Police  ABC News

Shelter pets find new forever homes thanks to recent adoption events - 69News WFMZ-TV
Shelter pets find new forever homes thanks to recent adoption events  69News WFMZ-TV

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10 Eco-Friendly Pet Products to Help You Celebrate Earth Day with Your Cat or Dog  PEOPLE

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Vote 4 the Best: Pets - Voting  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

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Pets on the Plaza: Meet Foggy - 47abc  WMDT

2-Legged Cat Uses Instagram to Promote Special Needs Pet Adoptions: 'He Can Teach People' - PEOPLE
2-Legged Cat Uses Instagram to Promote Special Needs Pet Adoptions: 'He Can Teach People'  PEOPLE

U.S. pet adoptions still strong as cats, dogs melt stress - Reuters
U.S. pet adoptions still strong as cats, dogs melt stress  Reuters

Pet Wise: Grooming pets provides health and safety benefits - Baltimore Sun
Pet Wise: Grooming pets provides health and safety benefits  Baltimore Sun

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Tampa Bay area pets looking for loving homes  Tampa Bay Times

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Petco Love Launches Game-Changing Centralized Solution To Help Reunite Lost Pets With Their Families  PRNewswire

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Are our pets fueling climate change and environmental hazards?  Vox

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10 Cute Mother's Day Gifts for Devoted Pet Parents  PEOPLE

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