Dr. Dodd seminar – vaccines

I just came back from Dr. Dodd’s seminar and I have to say that I enjoyed it tremendously. I would like to share some of what I consider the most important information for you to know. I will start with the topic of vaccines. Some of you might be familiar with the information because it is the same protocol I follow and recommend when I place a puppy in a new home. The vaccination protocol Dr. Dodd recommends is on my site  under the Natural Canine  link so please feel free to check some of the information there regarding the puppy vaccine protocol. Here is some other information regarding vaccines.

  1. Puppy vaccines should be  given 3 -4 weeks apart
  2. vaccines should not be given while pet is anesthetized
  3. smaller doses or half doses of vaccines (other than rabies) can be given to toy dogs
  4. the last dose of vaccine given to a puppy should be given between 14 and 16 weeks. Rabies should be given separately as late as possible under the law
  5. When adequate immune memory has already been establish,  is little reason to introduce unnecessary  antigen adjuvant and preservatives by administering booster vaccines. By tittering every 3 years , one can assess whether a given animal’s immune response has fallen below levels of adequate immune memory. In that even an appropriate vaccine booster should be considered
  6. avoid unnecessary vaccines or over vaccination
  7. avoid vaccinating a sick or febrile animal
  8. be aware of reactions after booster
  9. Reactions after vaccination can occur 24-48 hrs after administration or later 10-45 days in a delayed type of  immune response
  10. liver enzymes can be elevated after vaccination

Core vaccines for dogs to be given at puppy hood :

  • Distemper – not available as a single vaccine anymore
  • Adenovirus
  • Parvovirus
  • Rabies

Vaccines not recommended:

Not recommended.
1.) Disease only affects dogs <6 weeks of age.
2.) Rare disease: TAMU has seen only one case in seven years.
3.) Mild self-limiting disease.
4.) Efficacy of the vaccine is questionable.

Not recommended
1) There are an average of 12 cases reported annually in California.
2) Side effects common.
3) Most commonly used vaccine contains the wrong serovars. (There is no cross-protection of serovars) There is a new vaccine with 2 new serovars. Two vaccinations twice per year would be required for protection.).
4) Risk outweighs benefits.

Not recommended
1) Low risk in California.
2) 85% of cases are in 9 New England states and Wisconsin.
3) Possible side effect of polyarthritis from whole cell bacterin.

(Intranasal) to be given only but not recommended

Not recommended
Efficacy of vaccine unsubstantiated by independent studies