Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Whitehorse, Yukon
After having my boy almost die from a Rabies vaccine, I am even more limited vax than before.
So here is what I have always done with my dogs:
Distemper and Parvo: 7 weeks (at breeder), 16 weeks I either do it at home myself, or bring them to the vet...THATS IT, for life.
If it is one of my competition dogs, then I have to do Rabies for travel outside of Canada. So that is all I get done, and apparently that is still not safe!
Now, with that said, we have not had a reported case of Rabies as far back as I can search (1998), so I see no reason to vaccinate against something with such a small chance of occuring, for my "pet" dogs. I would check your area before you decide what is best for you and your dog.
BUT, we have about 3 Parvo outbreaks a year within our local shelter, and parvo in stray puppies is pretty rampant, and I have still never had a problem. I don't bring my dogs to the dog park ( we don't have one) and I do not bring them to the parts of town where the stray dogs congregate (yes, there are well known areas).
I have six dogs currently, but I have had about 10 fosters in the last 5 years (some longer than others) and they have all followed this, and all did fine. The youngest foster was 4 weeks when I took him on and 12 weeks when he left.
My dogs are 10, 6, 3, 2, 18 months and 12 months.
I would talk with your vet, get their opinion. Ask them questions, like how prevalent are these things I am vaccinating for in my area? Do you have any data to support your claim?
You can then do some quick internet clicking, and I am certain you can figure out what is going to be the best decision based on your research and what you are comfortable with.