Vaccination is an extremely profitable business,
both to the manufacturers of vaccine and to the distributors.
purpose of vaccination is to protect
your dog from potentially fatal infections
by viruses such as
distemper, rabies, and others. However,
as with any medical procedure, we
must ask the simple and direct questions,
"Is it safe? Is it effective?
Do the benefits outweigh the risks?"
All Veterinary Schools in North America Changing Vaccination Protocols:
of the Senior Dogs Project's newsletter
have reported on the ever-broadening
trend of eliminating vaccinations
for adult dogs, except for rabies,
where required by state law.
"Dogs immune system matures fully
at 6 months. If a modified live virus
(MLV) vaccine is given after 6 months
of age, it produces immunity, which
is good for the life of the pet (i.e.,
canine distemper, parvo, and feline
distemper). If another MLV vaccine
is given a year later, the antibodies
from the first vaccine neutralize
the antigens of the second vaccine
and there is little or no effect.
The titer is not 'boosted' nor are
more memory cells induced.
If, for whatever reason, you decide that you must vaccinate your dog, I would make the following recommendations:
Mr. James Baldwin,
greyhound authority and breeder of
German shepherd dogs wrote in Dog