Just as we do with our children, it’s important to vaccinate our pets too. Germs and infectious diseases spread just as quickly from animal to animal as they do with humans.
Animal vaccinations are crucial to their longevity and good health. Any veterinarian will inform a pet owner that choosing against vaccination is a risk of putting them in danger of coming into contact with a life-threatening disease such as rabies.
Animal vaccinations are subject to a protocol that consists of administering the vaccines according to a schedule. Which vaccine is needed and when are commonly based upon the following:
Information provided by Dr. Jean Dodds at http://drjeandoddspethealthresource.tumblr.com/post/66693331640/dodds-dog-vaccination-protocol-2013-2014#.UzISYJK9KSN
Presence of maternal immunity
Prevalence of viruses or other infectious agents in the region Number of reported occurrences of the viruses and other infectious agents How the agents are spread The typical environmental conditions and exposure risk activities of companion animals
When it comes to getting an animal vaccinated, you should consult with a licensed and professional veterinarian, but we highly recommend following Dr. Dodds’ protocol:
9-10 Weeks Old:
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Merck Nobivac [Intervet Progard] Puppy DPV)
Same as above
20 Weeks or Older (if allowable by law):
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (optional = titer)
Rabies, killed 3-year product (give 3-4 weeks apart from distemper/parvovirus booster)