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:What's right for you

You need to decide what is comfortable for you and your pet.  Establish a good working rapport with your Veterinarian.  Share these ideas, article and websites with him/her.  However, if your Veterinarian refuses to even entertain any of these ideas and concepts and will not work within your comfort zone, perhaps it is time to reconsider your choice of Veterinarian.  The best weapon you have to protect your pet is knowledge and information - not blind faith

 

:Sample Core Protocols:

1998 Colorado State University Protocol

Some universities have already developed new vaccination programs.
One of these is Colorado State University. (7) Their 1998 core
recommendation is a standard three shot series at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age, including parvovirus, adenovirus 2, parainfluenza, distemper. A
rabies vaccine was recommended after 16 weeks of age. Following the initial puppy immunization series, dogs would be boostered one year later and then every three years thereafter for the above diseases. (Or conduct  Titer Tests to determine a dog's immunity level.  If the Titer tests show that the dog's immunity level is still intact, there is no need for a booster.) Bordetella is not an automatic, routine vaccination.  It is a vaccine recommended at least 72 hours prior to possible exposure (dog show, trip to boarding kennel) and could be repeated every two to
four months.

To Summarize:

8, 12, & 16 weeks: parvo, adeno, parainfluenza, distemper
(Proguard 5) After 16 weeks: rabies (Imrab 3) 68 weeks, & every
3 years thereafter, if needed: parvo, adeno, parainfluenza, distemper,
rabies.  Bordetella as required based on exposure.

Notice there is no mention of Leptospirosis.


Some veterinarians, such as Jean Dodds, DVM, recommend that
vaccines be given separately if possible, to minimize the
consequences to the immune system.

 

 

 

Vaccine Information

 

In the light of new information regarding vaccines and adverse reactions that some Cavaliers may have to them, we felt that this link deserved it's own dedicated page.  Below are listed several links that will take you to interesting and important information regarding conservative vaccine protocols that are slowly but surely becoming more widely accepted by mainstream Veterinary Practices.

Changing Vaccine Protocols

by Dr. Jean Dodds

Adverse Reactions - How to Report

 

Overview on 2003 Canine Vaccine

Guidelines and Recommendations

 

Dr, Dodd's Vaccination Release Form

 

Allergic Reactions

 

 

Talk to your Vet BEFORE the appointment.  Tell them you do not want multiple vaccines given to your puppy in one shot.  Your Vet will probably have to order the Vaccines - many Vets will give DHLPP - the "L" is the Leptospirosis vaccine and should not be administered to your Cavalier.

 A Sample shot schedule used by some Cavalier breeders:

 

At 7-8 weeks -Distemper Parvo, modified live (e.g. Intervet Progard Puppy DPV)

At 10-11 weeks - Same as Above, plus Adenovirus (Hepatitis) 2P (Progard-5 (intervet)" vaccine, which contains modified live canine distemper, adenovirustype 2, parainfluenza, and parvovirus vaccine.)

The third (and last) shots will be due at 13-14 week and they are a repeat of the 2nd shots.  

Rabies at 6 months or older if allowable by law.

At one year - Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV

AT one year  - Rabies, killed 3-year product (give 3-4 weeks apart from distemper/parvovirus booster)

"Imrab 3 (Rhone Merieux)" vaccine, which is a killed rabies vaccine with three-year duration of immunity after the initial one-year vaccine if a titer test shows the shot is necessary.

 

Suggested Vaccine Schedule for dogs requiring minimal vaccines - Click Here