Dog Vaccinations in Ireland are you Confused.com ?

Dogs and Annual Vaccinations

I’m sure you will agree that there are certain ad’s that run on TV that make you want to pull your hair out.

Funnily enough some of them are probably for hair products that are meant to strengthen your hair as well as many other miraculous feats.

Now apart for the guy with the frazzled moustache singing as badly as I do in the shower, about a price comparison website, another one that makes my split ends split even more is the confused.com one.

Confused is being in a state where a person is unable to think clearly (bewildered)

That brings me nicely onto today’s topic for the blog. Annual Vaccinations

Now there are quite a few things that confuse me, like why is there an expiry date on sour cream, or why do people point to their wrist when asking for the time, but don’t point to their crotch when they ask where the bathroom is.

Veterinarian’s advising customers to Vaccinate every year

But one thing that really confuses me is why do some veterinarians advise customers to vaccinate their dogs every year with all the core vaccines, when it clearly states on one of the vaccine manufacturer’s website under the heading Booster Vaccination that they recommended dogs be revaccinated with canine distemper virus, canine adenovirus and canine parvovirus every 3 years and against canine parainfluenzavirus every year.

Not vaccinating every year is not new news, as Dr Ronald D. Schultz ( Department of Patho-biological Sciences School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison) advised this in his vaccination protocol back in 1978 !

He states that once you follow the correct protocol when the puppy is initially vaccinated, which finishes when the pup reaches approx 16 weeks of age when the maternal derived antibodies have dropped off, then not only have they been vaccinated but they are immunised, and in most cases this means for life.

Dog vaccinations is a subject I tend to read quite a bit about and earlier this week I tuned into a very interesting 1 hour long webinar hosted by Dr Peter Dobias, a veterinarian for 24 years.

During this hour he explains that in these 24 years of practice he only came across 1 case of leptospirosis, and 2 cases of parvovirus, and that the vaccine that in his opinion causes most side effects is the one for Kennel Cough, where he states that 50% of vaccinated dogs actual contract Kennel Cough. If we click back to the vaccine manufactures website in relation to Kennel Cough is states “It was not possible to produce clinical signs of kennel cough by parainfluenza challenge in adult dogs and duration of immunity could not therefore be demonstrated, but an anamnestic response was seen in dogs given a booster one year after primary vaccination

So most vets are telling their customers to boost vaccinations every year by sending out those nice little post card reminders that scare the hell out of us more so than a person that suffers with cynophobia (yeah, I had to Google it as well) being asked to judge Best In Show at next years Crufts.

Minimum requirement for a booster is not less than 3 years

However, the manufactures (through their website),and Dr Ronald D. Schultz & Dr Peter Dobias are telling us that if we follow the recommended vaccination protocol from the start, the minimum requirement for a booster is not less than 3 years, and in a lot of cases not at all.

Now if your not confused after reading the above, would you mind if I asked you to take a look at my car insurance renewal as it’s due to expire soon, and I haven’t got a clue who to ask for a quote.

Like all the blogs we post here, we’d love to hear from you, and on this occasion about dog vaccinations and how often do you vaccinate your dogs if at all ?