I also titer for parvo and distemper and per law he gets the 3yr Rabies vaccine. My boy was infected with lymes disease early on so when the vaccine came out even though my vet recommended it to me, I declined since he already had the antibodies. Vaccinating him for something he already had didn't make sense to me. My breeder had warned me not to give the lepto until he was older as some of her pups that were given it at an early age had adverse reactions. I did some research and consideration of his normal environment exposures chose not to vaccinate.
Thecowboysgirl, my old girl (rip) had her last rabies at 11 or 12 yrs old and like you, I was not going to give it again. She passed before she was due at just under 15yrs old. In all honesty, when we got her I really was a jqp who didn't know anything about vaccines beyond pups need some shots that the vet gives plus a 1 yr booster. After that, she was never vaccinated for anything including rabies. Due to ignorance we fed her the worst kibble plus table scraps. She was a hienz 57 mix, had an iron gut and was the healthiest out of the 4 dogs we have owned including my boy. So it's just my theory, but seems like her core puppy vaccines (back then I think it was only parvo, distemper, rabies) basically gave her enough protection that she ever needed or she was incredibly lucky. The only reason she got the rabies vax late in life was because I got my boy and felt the need to license her since I had to license him. Couldn't license her without rabies vaccine proof.
Actually our first dog was the exact same story but without the late in life second rabies vax and he was free roaming as were all the dogs in the neighborhood at the time. Very healthy until cancer got him (at 9 yrs old) and knowing what I know now I highly suspect it was due to the same crap food. Something to think about concerning the lymes vaccine, I live in high risk lymes area. A high percentage of dogs test positive for lymes but are symptom free suggesting that their immune system takes care of it. Tons of studies being done on lymes disease.
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Last edited by Heartandsoul; 11-22-2017 at 01:00 AM.