Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Albuquerque, NM
I do puppy vaccinations and lifetime rabies shots on schedule according to recommendations (or laws in the case of rabies). For non-rabies shots with my adult dogs, I talk to my vet about risk (both of the vaccine and of exposure to the disease), do titers, and then come up with a plan for each individual.
I'm a huge fan of vaccines, but I do think we over-vaccinate our pets, largely because with many vaccines we just don't have that much research into how long they are effective. And while I would rather be safe than sorry, I also think that prompting an immune system response like that yearly for the lifetime of the animal is likely to have some effect. Plus, I've had a few animals over the years have a serious reaction to an individual shot, so for that risk alone I'd prefer to minimize the amount of vaccinations my pets get while still ensuring their health and safety.
The rowdy dogs:
Hector-2 y/o GSD (mix?) rescue
Scooter-12 y/o ACD/Border Collie mix
Bandit-8 y/o ACD
Wooby-14 y/o ACD
Abutiu "Abi"-ACD puppy and hopeful future SAR dog!