|Barked: Sat Jan 5, '13 12:51pm PST |
|Went in for Winnie's vaccinations today . . . Rabies, of course, but also the parvo/distemper vaccine. And, of course, the vet tech is trying to get me to do that every year.
Don't get me wrong--I definitely want to protect Winnie from distemper, as that is a legitimate threat in our area. My understanding is that distemper is communicated through either bodily fluids, or close proximity to an infected animal. The only way she would experience either of these is if she got loose and went galavanting around for a day, but still . . . I want to keep her protected. I know much less about the way parvo works, but my understanding is that it's not a huge threat for most adult dogs.
That being said, she's had all her puppy vaccinations for parvo/distemper, as well as at least two (might be three) rounds of adult vaccinations for the combo. I know most vaccines last much longer than a year . . . am I safe in going three years between parvo/distemper vaccines, as we do with rabies? She's very healthy, only struggled a little bit with allergies, but we have that under control. Not on any meds, healthy body weight, and on a quality diet. Any thoughts?
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