TAKE THE TIME TO READ ABOUT VACCINES – Your dog is depending on you to carefully read and evaluate the risk and benefits of each vaccine.
BE GENTLE WITH YOUR DOG – It is Safer to just do one vaccine at a time and not combine vaccines. Give your pet time to adjust to one vaccine at a time.
Read about vaccines, some of them you may not need.
When you read and research about vaccines read and review sources that are un-bias.
Low-Cost Clinics and some other vet clinics may try to get you to do all of the vaccines at once – this is not fair to your dog. Would you take multiple vaccines at once?
It can be stressful to your dogs’ body getting multiple vaccines all at once, please discuss with your veterinarian, so you do not overwhelm your dogs’ body with multiple vaccines. You can greatly increase the risk of harming your pet by giving them multiple drugs at once.
BE KIND TO YOUR PET – if you wouldn’t do it to yourself, don’t do it to them. It is your job to be their guardian and make sure you are doing what is right for them without putting them at risk of suffering from being too aggressive with vaccines.
There are different quality levels of vaccine’s and ask your veterinarian to explain that they are using the safest form of a vaccine. Some vaccines may be filtered which are gentler on a dog’s body. You can also call the manufacturer of the vaccine and ask them any questions that you may have prior to using a certain vaccine.
When your dog gets a vaccination shot, pay close attention to them and monitor any unusual behavior that may be considered them having an ‘allergic’ reaction. Keep a record of this and keep your veterinary informed, if the pet is under distress take your pet to your veterinarian right away.
You should discuss your dog’s health and previous reaction to vaccines when consulting with your veterinarian on the timing of vaccines.
If your dog’s health is compromised, or your pet has fragile health ask your veterinarian about titer testing and also writing a waiver letter on any vaccines that may be required by an entity or doggie daycares and other type places that require you to have these.
You have to communicate with your veterinarian that you want to be safe with your pet and they can help you map out the best and safest plan for your pet.
It is best to map out a plan for your pet of the vaccines you are going to do and the vaccines you are not going to do and the drugs you do not want to use and a road map for your veterinarian and yourself to follow.
This (below) is an example of a Wellness Plan or Wellness Map for your pet and review this with your veterinarian, so they clearly understand your position:
Rabies – puppy shots, titer test after that if your state will accept titer or waiver letters, you can also move to a state that will accept titer or waiver letters from your vet if you are worried about over vaccinating your pet. Read and research and discuss with your veterinarian.
Distemper/Parvo – not required, if you do puppy shots make sure to use highest quality vaccine – filtered. Titer test after that and you may not need another shot. Read and research and discuss with your veterinarian.
Bordetella – Intranasal only and only utilize if staying at a doggie daycare
Drugs to Not Use on my pet: Steroids such as Prednisone, Azathioprine, Benazepril
NO Flea & Tick pills, shots or collars. Will use natural spray.
Heartworm Pills only for heartworm prevention only, no flea and tick elements added in – no heartworm shots
Anti-Biotics: Topical only on topical skin issues, if systemic anti-biotics (pills/shots) are used for internal needs, make sure you have diagnostic test and make sure the anti-biotic you are using is the most appropriate for the target use. Read about all anti-biotics before using them and make sure not to exceed the recommended length and/or not to combine them with other anti-biotics without reading about both of them and consulting with your veterinary after you research and read on them.
Reactions: Paws swell up for 2 days after heartworm pill.
NO Leptospirosis vaccine – keep dog away from un-clean water and wildlife areas that may be unclean, don’t let them eat off the ground or drink the water in these areas also.
Make a Wellness Map for your dog so your veterinarian understands your position. Read and research on your own and then discuss with your veterinarian
AS A RESPONSIBLE PET OWNER WHO LOVES THIER PET WE URGE YOU TO READ ABOUT ALL VACCINES before deciding to give to your pet. Understand what titer testing is and when it can be used. Be kind to your pet and take the time to research data and be educated on any and all drugs you are considering giving to your pet.