There are a wide variety of opinions on vaccinations these days. Personally I am not quite ready to go the route of NO vaccines, so this is what I do.
Puppy shots - all of them.
I do all the boosters at 1 yr, I do not do lyme, and the "kennel cough" vaccine is all but useless. They get a 3 yr rabies.
At this point, they get the normal annual vaccines every 3 yrs. When only the 1 yr rabies was available, it was still every 3 yrs.
I do treat for fleas/ticks, and they are on monthly HW preventative spring through fall. Until someone can explain to me how a mosquito transmitted disease is transmitted in the middle of winter when there are no mosquitos in central Indiana in the winter, I will continue to successfully prevent HW's by treating only spring through fall.
My dogs have medium to high exposure to various ailments, as I do a lot of fostering and tend to take in some pretty sick dogs from large urban shelters rather than fostering for breed specific rescues who are vetting prior to placement in a foster home. When they come home with me from places like animal care and control, they come with a host of issues ranging from being kenneled in or immediately next to parvo puppies as well as full blown kennel cough, URI's, all sorts of intestinal worms, etc. Thus not being quite ready to go vaccine free given the high exposure.
Last edited by Rerun; 03-26-2010 at 10:04 PM.