Vaccinations for older dogs

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My dog is 14 now, suffers from arthritis but we are managing it and all the time learning new things to do thanks to CAM. However, my question is not arthritis related but more to do with older dogs and that is there a need to vaccinate dogs of this age?

I’m of the thinking that why put something into any living body that isn’t necessary and unnatural unless there is a valid risk level or need for it. She has been religiously vaccinated every year of her life and i’m wondering if it really is necessary now as surely she would have built a pretty good immune resistance to them and is not out and about with other dogs or in many places like she used to be. In addition, is her ability to deal with foreign substances entering her body weakened now and so will put unnecessary stress on her system.

I have read opinions on this subject from vets for and against but waned to know what actual dog owners think. Given that many of us are on this site because we have older dogs I wanted to find out what your thoughts are? Is it really necessary or just a would be nice?

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Hi
There has been a great number of vets recently stating that over vaccination is happening. It happens to people too with GPs getting nice incentives from drugs companies to push(sorry I mean promote) theĀ  cheap medications which are going to miraculously save our lives!!!! Why do the USA only vaccinate once?

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Hey Ruby …
No offence but I’m a vet and this cheque?? Well I’ve never seen it.
I have taken heed of WSAVA guidelines. I definitely would encourage titre testing and I would encourage identifying risk. But please don’t put all vets in that category…most of us simply work hard .
I think it’s a personal decision to many owners…I have often found owners when given the chance opt for safe not sorry approach … And that’s their choice

Xx

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Hi,
Just be aware that any chronically ill dog should not have a vaccination. My own vet would not do it & most would not. We have only ever had our dogs vaccinated as pups & the 12 month booster. The USA who are ahead in this field only vaccinate as pups and will titre test. It is a money making saga for drugs companies and vets will get a nice incentive cheque from them for pushing annual vaccination(I used to be vet nurse so used to see this “cheque” & lets just say it was not peanuts!!!)

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I titre tested Kyla and she showed immunity so no boosters, not that she should be given vaccinations anyway as she has kidney disease and chronic pancreatitis.

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Thanks Kathryn. I appreciate you responding. Looks like its 2 votes for vaccinating – not that I’m counting. LOL. Its good to hear what people think.

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