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Old 08-02-2010, 05:55 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Harry does not get any vaccines due to his impaired immune system.
I have a letter from my vet that the town accepts. Of course,
since Harry is unable to ward off disease, he doesn't go to
any public places where other dogs might be and he cannot
travel.

My vet suggested titer testing for my other little guys. I will titer test
this year instead of vaccinating. I also no longer get the lyme disease
vaccine for any of my dogs. A golden we had for many years got
lyme disease even after having the series of shots and then boosters each year. The doctor told me that the vaccine only covers about 60% of the cases of lyme disease.... not good enough odds for me.

I am a firm believer that, as the article says... you are your dog's
advocate and fortunately, for me, my vets don't feel threatened by
my questions or concerns at all. I guess I'm pretty lucky in that
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Old 01-29-2011, 09:27 PM   #32 (permalink)
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My dog got all her puppy shots last year but now shes a year old and I was wondering what else she needs and when..
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Old 03-02-2011, 10:00 AM   #33 (permalink)
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When a baby kitten or puppy is born, its immune system is not yet mature; the baby is wide open for infection. Fortunately, nature has a system of protection. The mother produces a special milk in the first few days after giving birth. This milk is called "colostrum" and is rich in all the antibodies that the mother has to offer. As the babies drink this milk, they will be taking in their mother's immunity. After the first couple of days, regular milk is produced and the baby's intestines undergo what is called "closure," which means they are no longer able to take antibodies into their systems. These first two days are critical to determining what kind of immunity the baby will receive until its own system can take over. How long this maternal antibody lasts in a given puppy is totally individual. It can depend on the birth order of the babies, how well they nursed, and a number of other factors. Maternal antibodies against different diseases wear off after different times. We DO know that by 16-20 weeks of age, maternal antibodies are gone and the baby must be able continue on its own immune system.
While maternal immunity is present in the puppy’s system, any vaccines given will be inactivated. Vaccines will not be able to "take" until maternal antibody has sufficiently dropped. Puppies and kittens receive a series of vaccines ending at a time when we know the baby's own immune system should be able to respond. We could simply wait until the baby is old enough to definitely respond as we do with the rabies vaccination but this could leave a large window of vulnerability if the maternal antibody wanes early. To give babies the best chance of responding to vaccination, we vaccinate intermittently (usually every 2-4 weeks) during this period, in hope of gaining some early protection.
When a vaccine against a specific disease is started for the first time, even in adult animal, it is best to give at least two vaccinations. This is because the second vaccination will produce a much greater (logarithmically greater) response if it is following a vaccine given 2-4 weeks prior.
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Old 03-07-2011, 10:56 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Has anyone heard of dental vaccinations?
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Old 08-08-2011, 03:55 AM   #35 (permalink)
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Thanks for sharing the information about vaccination. It's really helpful.

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Old 08-26-2011, 01:05 PM   #36 (permalink)
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My pup already had her 3rd shot of vaccine and is at 12 weeks now. Is it okay for my aunt's 1 year old yorkie to be with her in the house?
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:41 PM   #37 (permalink)
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It's really safer to wait til your fluff's had her last round of puppy shots at 16 wks.
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