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Vaccination questions

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Grimm had all his puppy shot rounds, of everything. Then, at age 11 months, he moved here to Germany with me. He is 18 months old now, and I am wondering:

Does he need a booster for the distemper, parvo, influenza, hepatitis... because he is 1 year old?

If not, I will just give rabies shots every 3 years as required by law here. (running titres for all of those, distemper, parvo, hepatitis, etc-- would cost far more than i can manage)
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Why not just run titers for parvo and distemper? Those are the only titers I run on my two dogs.

So far, I have kept my dogs current on their rabies vaccinations (three year vaccine). However, when Tasha comes due for a booster, I will titer her for rabies as well and try to avoid further vaccinations. She has auto-immune issues and I really don't want to rock the boat.
Thank you Marianne. I was not sure what to do about this. I will check on the titre costs for just distemper and parvo then. Would his body not remember the puppy shots last year?
I'm obviously no expert on vaccination protocols, but here's the link to Dr. Jean Dodds vaccination protocols:

She recommends that dogs get a booster at one year and then titers for distemper and parvo every three years thereafter.

I honestly don't know if the puppy vaccinations trigger the production of enough antibodies for long term immunity.

If I had a "healthy" one year old dog, I would give the booster at age one and then titer. If the dog has health problems, then I think you need to have a serious chat with your vet. After all, vaccines should only be given to "healthy" dogs.

Don't know if this helps.
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