Post # 1
What does your vet recommend, and have you done it? I just started taking my 6 year old mixed breed tot he dog park, and wonder what I should be most worried about. She has been vaccinated every year in the past, and she is up to date on rabies.
Post # 3
We get our dogs all the basics (off the top of my head: rabies, lepto, bordetella, maybe another?) and they are always (all year round) medicated with heartworm preventative and flea/tick topical meds. They’ve never had an issue with getting sick at the dog park and my vet has never recommended any additional vaccines on top of the regular ones.
Post # 4
@twodoghouse: Same here – exactly.
Post # 5
The only vaccine you might be missing is bordetella. Typically this is given to dogs that can be or are regularly exposed to other dogs (it is like a doggie cold). It is a vaccine given through the nose every six months and isn’t too expensive.
Post # 6
@Treejewel19: This is a good point. My vet doesn’t give bordetella unless you specifically ask for it, since most dogs don’t need it. You may want to check on that one to make sure you’re not missing it.
Post # 7
We do not believe in yearly vaccines. Puppy shots and then rabies every three years as recommended by our holistic vet.
Post # 8
@twodoghouse: Is lepto common in your area? My vet here in Florida doesn’t even keep a supply of that vaccine because lepto is pretty rare where we live. I’ve also been told that it’s the vaccine that is most likely to cause an anaphalactic reaction, so they don’t like to give it unless they have to.
Post # 9
@msfahrenheit: Yeah, definitely bordatella. And distemper, too, if it’s not a 2-in-1 combo with the bordatella.
Post # 10
@strawbabies: I don’t beleive Lepto is given here, I have never heard of it before. She does get the distemper, but we did not do the bordatella (kennel cough right?), and I also think they do Parvo here as routine (not 100% sure).
Post # 11
We do rabies, bordatella, and distemper I believe. We don’t do lyme or lepto. Heartworm preventative year round, flea/tick in the warmer months. They’re required to have updated shots in order to attend classes anyway so I don’t really have much choice in the matter.
There is an injectable bordatella vaccine besides the nose one too.
Post # 12
I don’t do bordatella or lyme for my dogs.
Bordatella is the kennel cough vaccine. I’d honestly rather my dogs get kennel cough. And the vaccine only protects against a fraction of the strains of bordatella. It’s like vaccinating for the common cold. Boarding kennels and groomers only recommend it so pet owners can’t say they made their dogs sick by going there. It’s unneccesary for healthy dogs.
Lyme is not prevelant in my area, my vet recommends against the lyme vaccine where we live. Research the lyme risk where you live to determine if you should get this vaccine or not.
I also only do heartworm preventative in the summer (I live in the Midwest). And only about every 8-12 weeks; so they usually get about 3 doses of preventative a year. There’s no reason to give heartworm preventative year-round unless you like someplace like Florida.
Post # 13
@strawbabies: That’s what happened to my Cocker Spaniel when he was a pup. He almost died. 🙁 Within seconds of the vet administering the lepto, he went into full blown anaphalytic shock, collapsed and I screamed and they rushed him to the back and saved his life. (Gave him high doses of antihistimines as well as something else) The vet said he barely made it. Since then, we only give him rabies every three years and that is it!
Post # 14
Even in Wisconsin I’ve seen mosquitos in the house in the middle of winter, I’d rather not risk something as serious as heartworm. It’s only like $60/year and my dogs have never shown any ill effects from the preventative.
Terrierman is hardly someone I would take health advice for my dog from…how about the actual American Heartworm Society instead? http://www.heartwormsociety.org/veterinary-resources/canine-guidelines.html
Post # 15
@Westwood – You do what you feel is right for your dogs, I’ll do what I feel is right for mine.
Seeing mosquitos doesn’t mean that heartworm can be transmitted. There have to be certain conditions for the lifecycle of heartworms to take place, mosquitos are only one part of it.
My decision is NOT about cost, it’s about what I feel is healthiest for my dogs, which is not giving them unneccesary mediciation. When I asked my vet about it, he’s supportive of my approach. He says it’s perfectly fine, especially since I have them tested each year for heartworms. He says year-round preventative is more a reminder than actually offering any protection.
Post # 16
Virginia has a mild climate, so we do year round prevention for our dogs. They also have the basic vaccines- rabies, dystemper/lepto/parvo combo vaccine, and bordetella (bord. is optional, but we socialize our dogs very frequently and have them around other dogs often). We decided against Lyme thus far, as they are on topical preventatives.