What Vaccinations Does my Pet Need?
Annual vaccines have been the cornerstone of animal wellness care for the past 20 years. Holistic veterinarians recognize the fact that annual revaccination is unnecessary. Scientific studies have shown that the majority of canine and feline vaccines provide effective protection well beyond one year.
We also recognize that vaccination is not a benign procedure without risk. Adverse vaccine reactions are common and vary from mild to life threatening: facial swelling and hives, autoimmune disease, seizures and cancer are some of the well documented reactions caused by vaccines.
What is Titer Testing?
A titer test is a quick and and easy blood test that can be performed in our hospital. Titer testings is currently available for dogs only. This test is a measure of cellular immunity and is one way to guage whether your dog has protective immunity to parvo and distemper. A positive titer is a good indication that your dog can skip his annual vaccines.
3 year rabies vaccine:
Alabama now accepts a 3 year rabies vaccine, so there is no reason to vaccinate your dog for rabies more often than every three years.
What Vaccines do Cats Need?
The only rabies vaccine safe to administer to a cat is the non-adjuvented purevax vaccine. This vaccine has less risk of inducing cancer in your cat. Unfortunately it is only licensed by the manufacturer for 1 year).
Felv and fvrcp booster vaccines are not recommended for cats past 1 year of age.