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Here is a recent question from our blog 'Ask A Pet Pro" which contains questions pet owners have asked with responses from some of our pet pros:
I have 2 dogs and need information on an alternative to regular vaccines. They had their shots last July for rabies parvo and distemper, and one of them had a seizure 3 days later.
What do they actually need for this year? I heard it is not necessary to do all this yearly, except by law they are required to get rabies shots which is only needed every 3 years. Can you clear this up????
Pet Pro Answers
"There are several vaccines licensed for 3 year use and I believe Pfizer is about to release one for distemper and parvo that is licensed for 4 year use in the near future. In any case talk to your veterinarian to see if the benefit of re-vaccinating is worth the risk. Sometimes we do not repeat vaccines ever if the reaction is severe enough."
Dr. Karen Johnston
Hampton Vet Hospital
Speonk, New York.
"Yes, this is true. We are finding some seizures, thyroid issues etc. from too many vaccines. Please check the net on vaccines and you might also look under Jean Dodds DVM for her recommendations.
In many states you are not required to give annual vaccines - except rabies, so you should check the laws in the state where you live.
I know of several veterinarians that would advise you to not vaccinate your dog again, especially because of the seizure acitivity after the vaccines. On the label of the vaccine, it says not to vaccinate a unhealthy animal.
If you live in a state that does require annual vaccinations, see if your vet will write a letter stating that because your pet has adverse reactions to the vaccine, they recommend it not get them."
Holistic Animal Healing
"Distemper and parvo vaccines will last 3 years. There is also a 3 year rabies vaccine and, if your county animal control department recognizes that, it only has to be given every 3 years. However, how can you be sure that one of the vaccines caused the seizure three days after the injection? Has this dog ever had a seizure before or after ? There are so many causes of dogs having seizures one can't be sure if the shot caused the seizure, especially after 3 days."
Dr. Ernest Smith, DVM
"We use triennial vaccination for distemper, parvovirus, and hepatitis in my practice. I don't know where you got the information that vaccination leads to seizures in dogs. Would you please ask that person for the results of the double-blinded scientific study that proves that? I'll save you the effort....there is none. Vaccination has prevented disease, suffering, and even death in BILLIONS AND BILLIONS of humans and pets around the world. While there are instances of what is considered "over vaccination", progressive veterinarians administer only what a patient needs based upon its' "lifestyle". If your veterinarian is still a "cookie-cutter" one, do yourself a favor and find another one. My daughter lives in your area and goes to ****************** and loves them. You may wish to visit them."
Mike Keem, DVM
Aurora Pet Hospital
East Aurora, NY
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