So you go to your veterinarian for your dog or cat's annual visit and the vet says, "It's been a year since the last shots, so we need to give them again." Oh well yes, I want to protect my baby dog or cat from getting any disease! I hear this all the time because the calls I get are because their animal has some disease like cancer, skin problem, or a behavior issue. There is solid research proving that annual vaccinations are not necessary. In 2011 the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) stated that canine vaccinations should be given once every 3 years or MORE! There is research showing that the core vaccinations, distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus are actually good for the life of the dog. There is also a study going now called the Rabies challenge to see how long a dog is immune to rabies. The data is still be gathered, but I have had clients that have had a blood test called a titre done to show immunity and after 14 years, there was still immunity after 2 rabies shots. Rabies is required by law, but there is no difference between the one year vaccine and the three year vaccine as vets would like you to believe. Most states only require rabies vaccination once every three years. However, there are vets that will continue to give it every year!
The other thing that happens frequently when you take Fluffy in for her annual vet visit and she has been itchy, but the vet says it won't matter to bombard her immune system with vaccinations! If the vet would have taken a moment to read the package insert that comes with all vaccinations, they would have seen that the animal must be 100% healthy to give the vaccination. Instead poor Fluffy gets all the vaccinations to protect her from rabies, distemper, parvo, and who knows what else, while she is suffering from a compromised immune system! If your dog or cat is not healthy, challenge the vet that wants to give vaccinations.