The "I'm not dead yet" Administrator.
Join Date: May 2002
Re: Do you vaccinate your dog/dogs?
I ma so weird about this to be honest. Mine get vaccinated every 3 years. My cats just get rabies shots and the new kitten i got just got the series and then will go for a while before revaccinating.
There is anecdotal evidence for both sides of the story though. For example my vet has a dog that just turned 17 she is vaccinated for everything every year and has been fed 'Fit and Trim' for most of her adult life. And then theres the Ridgeback that was only vaccinated as a puppy and dies of a brain tumor 2 weeks ago at the young age of 6 years.
There is yet to be any scientific proof as to the benfits or risks of either endevour, so when asked, I tell people to do what they feel comfortable with. The avergae life span of pets has dramically increased with all the advancements in the medical field in the last 20 years. Talk to any vet that has been in business for 20 years or more and they will tell you that just 10 years ago a lot more dogs were dieing of Distemper and Parvo then they are today, because of the vaccines. So is your dog really healthier because they are not getting the Distemper vaccine? Or because 95% of the other dogs ARE, so yours just have not come in contact with the virus? I dont know? I ma not sure anyone does.
Just do what makes you comfortable, I dont think either side is right or wrong, but int eh end it will be you seocnd guessing your choice if your dog gets Distemper or parvo because of not being vaccinated or cancer or Auto immune isses from being over vaccinated. Weigh each side carefully and do what feels right.