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From: Callie (76.4.97.213)
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Date: July 16, 2009 at 8:38 pm PST

In Reply to: to vaccinate or not posted by gloria on July 13, 2009 at 8:46 pm:

The information you're getting on all this "city/country" stuff is just wrong.

There hasn't been but maybe ONE case of a dog with actual rabies in the last 30 yeas. Seriously. Dogs, in this day and age, don't carry rabies -- but WILDLIFE is full of it. I live in Florida and they estimate that 86& of all raccoons CARRY it. It's the wildlife that is risky -- and yes, you have to be careful of any animal acting abnormally.

But generally if I dog has had more than two rabies shots it will titer astronomically high -- even in older age. Like I said below, I can't tell you to break the law ... but much depends on what your state REQUIRES. Ask that specific question (your county website should show you).

Some vets do only carry the "one year" shot (which is the SAME shot -- it's only "cerified with paperwork for one year -- it's someone's CHOICE, not what the actual vaccine is rates at). Yes, some vets have grown dependant on that idea of everyone coming for "annual "vaccines -- but it IS hard on the dog. INjection site sarcoma is huge in connection with rabies.

However, it's the other vaccines that can be even more harmful -- again you can titer (which is a blood test that shows how likely it is whether or not the dog's immune system can handle being exposed to that disease. Truly you don't need to vaccinate every year and most older dogs titer very high. It may be worth paying to have titers done on parvo and distemper -- your vet may give you a hard time about it but you hould insist.

IN your area, what you should encourage your lawmakers to do, is tell them to vaccinate wildlife (via dropping bait is how it's usually done) -- it's better than OVER-vaccinating dogs to get the same dogs vax'd over and over.

You may also want to check out Dr. Dodd's website -- I'll link it in below.

If your vet demands repeated vaccination and annual rabies when it's not required by the state, I would surely be looking for a different vet!!


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