The Great Vaccination Debate

A growing number of concerned veterinarians began recommending reduced frequency and protocol based upon certain risk factors.
We ONLY Titer our dogs.

Annual Vaccinations

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Dog PicVaccinations are a vital aspect to the preventative care for your dog. Because of the development of vaccines, dogs have been protected from numerous diseases which include rabies, distemper, hepatitis and many others.

However, recent studies have indicated that vaccines protect dogs longer than previously thought. There have been many advancements in the type of vaccines produced and there has also emerged an increased awareness and concern that vaccinations are not as harmless they were once thought to be.

On October 7, 2011, California's Governor signed Rabies Medical Exemption Bill AB258 (Molly's Bill) into law. California is the 14th state to do so!

A growing number of concerned veterinarians began recommending reduced frequency and protocol based upon certain risk factors. 

In 2011, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) revised its vaccination guidelines. The AAHA task force changed the previous annual protocol for core vaccines to an every 3-year protocol, with the exception of 1-year rabies shots. In many states you can choose either a 1-year or 3-year rabies vaccine for your dog. If your state doesn’t offer a 3-year vaccine, the annual protocol is required by law.

Sadly there are still veterinarians that continue to recommend and administer annual vaccinations. It is believed the result is that there are too many dogs suffering from vaccine related diseases including allergies. Here is the list of adverse events known to be induced by vaccines:

According to the 2007 World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) Vaccine Guidelines reports (regarding all vaccines) there is: gross under-reporting of vaccine-associated adverse events which impedes knowledge of the ongoing safety of these products.”  

Combo Shots (Toxic Soup)

You know them as:

7 in 1 

Combo Shots can expose your dog to adverse reactions which may include skin diseases, autoimmune disease, allergies and even death. It is widely believed that your dog’s age, geographical location and activity regimen is the best indicator of which vaccines they should receive.

D = distemper
= hepatitis, (a disease virtually nonexistent in North America.)
L =
leptospirosis, (a highly-reactive “non-core” shot - says the AVMA, AAHA, AHVMA, and all North American vet school - Non-core vaccines are to be given only in special cases.)
= parvovirus.
= parainfluenza (giving immunity for at least 3 years). It is also a non-core shot and does not protect against the canine flu.
= coronavirus, a vaccine specifically “not recommended” by any major vet organization or school.

These combo shots are most likely the culprit of over-vaccination and they can be avoided altogether. But, you will most likely have to muscle your vet to cooperate.

Monovalent Vaccine

Ask your vet to use a single shot vaccine, if they are due or if Titers are weak. If your vet does not have them, you can buy them and bring them in (I suggest only Distemper and Parvovirus) or see a Holistic Veterinarian. Vaccines need to be refrigerated.

Titer Testing

Titer testing, also called serology and antibody testing, is a laboratory test measuring the existence and level of antibodies to disease in blood. Antibodies are produced when an antigen (like a virus or bacteria) provokes a response from the immune system. This response can come from natural exposure or from vaccination.

The most recommended test examines antibodies for parvovirus and distemper, the two most important viruses. (Titer test results are currently not accepted in lieu of rabies vaccination in the US although USDA rabies titer standards for dogs may be established soon by the nonprofit Rabies Challenge Fund study.) Rabies is a nasty vaccine and should be able to be titered - we support the Rabies Challenge Fund!

Some vets recommend testing yearly, but this can be expensive. Others test every three years. Still others test five to seven years after vaccination. Challenge tests show that successful vaccination against parvovirus gives most animals at least seven years of immunity. Distemper can provide immunity for at least five to seven years.

What does the AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines say about Titer Testing for Dogs “The serologic test is the only acceptable way to ensure a client-owned dog develops an immune response.” “The tests are also medically useful to ensure that a dog responds to a specific core virus vaccine and/or to determine if immunity is present in a previously vaccinated dog.”

 “… dogs that have been actively immunized by vaccination or naturally by infection that have antibodies to CDV, CPV-2,or CAV-1 do not need to be revaccinated. Some clients are now having titers performed for CDV and CPV-2 in lieu of revaccinating.” 

We ONLY Titer our dogs.