|Barked: Sat Apr 30, '11 6:02pm PST |
|Bacterial vaccines like Lyme, Lepto, bordatella, etc, only last a few months - about 6-8. If you feel you need both, get Lepto in early spring when there's lots of standing water around. Lyme just depends on your tick season. Around where I live it is worst around late summer/early fall, although we don't have Lyme disease around here. I would be more comfortable in any case using a tick repellent unless I lived somewhere like Boston or somewhere else on the east coast where Lyme disease is highly prevalent.
Comparing a vaccine manufactured in an entirely different manner by an entirely different company for an entirely different species is a mistake. Yes, Lyme was taken off the market for humans. That doesn't necessarily mean anything for dogs one way or the other.
Your core viral vaccines - hepatitis, distemper, parvo, adeno, etc, all those, have a proven efficacy of at least seven years bare minimum. It's likely they provide lifetime protection once they have been given when the pup's immune system has taken over (and the mother's milk is no longer doing that for him/her).
Vets want you to get them more often than that - worse case scenario, yearly, but usually once every three years now - because often, especially past middle age, the dog is LESS healthy because most people simply won't bring the dog in for checkups unless they think they HAVE to have those vaccines.
There are probably an unfortunate few who have yearly vaccine policies because they make money off of them. Perhaps a few who are too set in their ways to change.
You can't make a dog "more immune" by giving more vaccines. He's either immune, or he is not, there's no gray area. By giving him these vaccines yearly - the viral ones, mind you - you're just going to stress his immune system and carry more risk of triggering an autoimmune response.
Edited by author Sat Apr 30, '11 6:05pm PST
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