Have you ever wondered why our pets get so many vaccinations when we humans rarely get boosters after childhood?
The traditional dogma in veterinary medicine is that dogs and cats should be vaccinated regularly throughout their lives. Unfortunately, there is more and more scientific evidence to support that this is simply not necessary. Dr. Ronald Shultz is a veterinary scientist that has pioneered this research. According to Dr. Shultz, vaccinations after 4 months of age often provide immunity for 5-7 years and sometimes the entire life of the pet. For more in-depth information about Dr. Shultz and his research on vaccinations, click here.
What are the potential risks of over vaccinating?
There is compelling evidence that vaccinations have the potential to cause a variety of chronic disease states such as various types of auto-immune diseases, inflammatory conditions and even cancer.
So, what can you do to avoid over vaccinating your pet?
The first step is to work with a veterinarian that is open to offering individualized vaccination protocols. Blood tests called “titers” can be utilized to measure antibody levels to help determine whether a vaccine booster is actually needed. Additionally, you should do your own research and consult your veterinarian as to whether your pet should have “non-core” vaccines. This should be determined based on exposure risk, age and breed of your pet and health status.
The Rabies Challenge Fund, an organization for determining the appropriate interval of Rabies vaccination, has been established in recent years. Its goal is to extend the required interval for Rabies boosters to 5 and then 7 years. To learn more about this vitally important project or to donate, click here.