Vaccinations are supposed to protect your dog from different illnesses, and some definitely do and are essential (core vaccines). Not all vaccines may be needed, and many holistic veterinarians make an argument that the discomfort and side effects from certain dog vaccines might seem not worth it. Pet owners also question if dog vaccines are necessary at all. So here are 10 things you should know about before you make the choice to vaccinate your dog.
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1. Dog vaccines are grouped into two categories – the core and non-core vaccines
Most veterinarians will recommend getting the core vaccines as these are designed to protect your canine companion from the more dangerous diseases like Adenovirus or Canine Hepatitis, Canine Distemper, Parvovirus and Rabies. The non-core vaccines are for bacterial diseases like Adenovirus Intranasal, Bordetella (kennel cough), Canine Influenza, Leptospirosis, Lyme Disease, Parainfluenza.
2. Leptospirosis vaccines are sometimes given with core vaccines
In some cases, leptospirosis vaccines are administered as a four-way shot with combination vaccines for Parvovirus, Distemper and Canine Influenza. However, it’s probably better to get this vaccine separately as it would be hard to detect the side effects, if any, in a combination vaccine.
Moreover, giving too many vaccines in one shot can raise the possibility of having side effects. This is the reason why booster shots, including those for humans, are spaced out months or years apart after the first shot to ensure that there will be no harmful effects.
3. Core vaccine protection may last for years
The core vaccines may protect the dogs years after the first shot, according to a team of veterinarians from the American Animal Hospital Association Canine Vaccine Taskforce forum. This means that it might not be necessary to re-vaccinate the dog every year. It’s possible he might not even need the core vaccination done for the rest of his life.
Most recent findings on these dog vaccines negated what veterinarians recommended in the 1970s or earlier, where it was said that dogs should be given booster shots for their immunities. But the current viewpoint suggests that more vaccines is not actually better.
4. Non-core vaccines are not quite efficient
There’s not enough scientific research to prove the efficiency rates of non-core vaccines since these are bacterial treatments. Some dogs might actually develop side effects from these vaccines, according to Dogs Naturally Magazine.
5. Some vaccines are required by law
Some states require the administration of dog vaccines, thus veterinarians have to comply with these vaccination laws. But…