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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-16-2015, 01:00 PM Thread Starter
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More holistic options

So after reading about the new neutering method of injecting another chemical into a dog to essentially kill part of the body, I started to look at more holistic things I can do.
What vaccines do I really need? I know some are required by law, but the ones that aren't seem like overkill.
Also, anyone have experience with 2 unneutered makes together? Pushing my gf to forgo neutering her lab mix....
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-16-2015, 01:15 PM
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I have a spayed female and 3 in tact males. No issues. We go to a holistic vet. The dogs only get rabies shots every 3 to 5 years. No other vaccines. Not sure where you live, but I would find a holistic vet near you, even if you have to drive a ways. It's worth it if this is how you want to raise your dogs. I'm like you and definitely trying to minimize any unnatural chemicals that get put into my dogs' bodies. We are ultra-responsible dog owners and would never allow for an oops litter or dog fighting or any other behavioral issues that are normally associated with in tact dogs. Our dogs don't escape. They don't roam. They don't hump. They mark outdoors, which is fine by me. They don't mark when I don't allow them to, like on walks, etc.
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I was currently looking up Holistic approaches with the vaccines as well because I came across it with Leerburg articles........def something to think about and research more about
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Do not skip puppy vaccines -- it's flat out negligent dog ownership. Whatever else you do, parvo and distemper are terrible, terrible ways for a puppy to die -- I don't think any responsible holistic vet is going to tell you to skip puppy vaccines.

I met a distraught lady at an adoption event whose GSD had just died of Leptospirosis. She didn't vax because she'd read somewhere to be afraid of the Lepto vaccine. She should have been more afraid of Lepto itself. Her dog might be alive if she'd made a different choice. That's a very hard thing for her to live with now.

Please be smart about these choices. You can reduce vaccine load where titers show the dog is protected. Skipping them entirely is not okay.
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3 Puppy Vaccination Mistakes: Too Early, Too Often, Too Much - Dogs Naturally Magazine
This article got me thinking too. I totally get not putting my dogs at risk. But definitely want to explore my options
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Wanted to add: we bought Nara at 8 weeks old, and there were no holistic vets where we lived in VA. I also didn't know much about the holistic approach, so I found the vet with the best reputation and went to them. She had all of the normal puppy shots. We rescued Paw Paw at 7 months old, so he came with all of his shots already. We rescued Beowulf at 14 weeks old in Oregon, where we were already going to a holistic vet, and he got whatever the basic shots were that were supported by the holistic vet. Kaze was 2 years old when we rescued him, so he already had his puppy shots too. I know a lot of people seem to vax every year. That's what I meant when I said we only do rabies now. Didn't want to confuse anyone.
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