People typically do not get vaccines very often, perhaps excluding the annual flu vaccine, and it is a well known fact that it is simply not necessary to do so. When we get a vaccine, we have prolonged protection and can be certain that the antibodies will not simply disappear this exact time next year. So why would it be any different with our beloved canines?
The reality is that dogs do not need all of the vaccines veterinarians tell us they do, nor do they need to get them boostered every single year. I believe that the reason they pressure owners to vaccinate is so that they will attend their annual physical examination every year (which, if you look at your bill, is where they make their money). Vaccines are the perfect incentive to encourage dog owners to go to the vet every year (and sometimes several times a year), even though dogs may not need a booster.
Annual examinations with your Veterinarian are extremely important, as they are essential to ensuring the health of your dog. They are important for many reasons. Veterinarians can determine the over all health and physical condition of your dog over time, and establish what is normal for your pet so that if illness arises they are better prepared to solve the problem. They are also able to find disease and illness and either treat it or prevent it before it becomes a major problem. Although it is expensive at times, annual health examinations should be your priority when it comes to the health and well being of your best friend.
It is strongly recommended that you do your research on vaccines, what is present in your area, and determine exactly which protocol you want to follow. Take your protocol to your vet and be certain they follow it strictly. Many owners are now choosing to follow Dr. Dodds vaccine protocol; This protocol states that puppies will be vaccinated for DISTEMPER and PARVO only - and rabies, as required by law, and not given anything else. That means that over the course of your pet's life, they will be vaccinated for only 3 things - Distemper, Parvovirus and Rabies - the three deadly diseases that can kill your pet should he or she contract either one.
Please visit this link for a detailed explanation of Dr. Dodd's Vaccine protocol:
Vaccines for diseases such as kennel cough, parainfluenza, and adenovirus are typically unnecessary. These viruses are the equivalent of a cough or the flu in humans, and healthy dogs can easily overcome them. It is unheard of for a dog to die of kennel cough, and kennel cough is a repeated visitor at humane societies and animal shelters across North America - very few animals die from this, and those that do have disorders and conditions of the immune system. Distemper, parvovirus and rabies are deadly diseases that often end in death, which is why vaccination for these three diseases are quite helpful. Rabies is a frightening, terrible disease that kills animals and humans without fail. The survival rate for animals or humans infected with rabies is virtually zero. It is required by law to vaccinate against Rabies, and it is extremely important that this is done.
It is important to do your research and get educated, because you will forever act as your dog's voice in the world. Stand up for what you believe in and enjoy the benefits of a healthy, disease-free dog!