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PostSubject: when to stop boosting???   Tue Jul 27, 2010 1:00 pm

just out of interest who boosts each and every year until there dog dies???

does anyone just do part boosters after a cirtain age?

does anyone not give any injections after a age??

this is comming up more and more when friends talk about boosters and there dogs

would really like to know what other people think about this

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PostSubject: Re: when to stop boosting???   Wed Aug 04, 2010 10:50 am

someone must have a view on this.......................
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PostSubject: Re: when to stop boosting???   Wed Aug 04, 2010 11:12 am

i would loved to have come but dont drive!!! cant drag the kids out for that sort of thing

our vet thinks lepto is needed every year regardless- esp in this area???

ive yet to get to a old dog stage as mine are young but it seems alot of dogs get poorly in older years after having full boosters

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PostSubject: Re: when to stop boosting???   Wed Aug 04, 2010 4:40 pm

Cheri - thanks for posting this!

This is a REALLY important topic for me - I'm extremely confused and concerned about what to do for the best as far as Hannibal is concerned when he is next due for his annual booster early next year when he will be 6 1/2 years.

There are a great many theories out there and it would be really useful to hear what others think on the subject!

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PostSubject: Re: when to stop boosting???   Wed Aug 04, 2010 9:54 pm

our vet doesn't do all boosters every year. rabies is every 3 after the first puppy boosters and the 1st yr booster, and i think distemper is every 2 and lepto is every 1, though i could be mistaken. we also got Lyme boosters and a few others for our dogs, since lyme is a big concern where i live (my mom's dog has it) and we travel and go hiking and to dog parks often.

i've had dogs that received boosters into old age and never had any problems. i think (just like people) some dogs will have bad reactions, some won't. every dog is different!

I think giving boosters depends on the risk factors too.. our "outdoor" saint was more exposed to stray dogs/animals etc. than our inside dogs. our current dogs travel a lot and go to dog parks/etc., so it's important to us that they stay up to date on vaccines (city rules) or we could get a hefty fine, and we also can't get them licensed unless they are up to date on rabies and distemper.

personally, i don't think that boosters can be too harmful only because of the science involved... you're most likely just giving your dog a virus and the antibodies for it, and if he already still has those antibodies in his system, he'll be able to fight the virus either way. i think the big problem tends to be what else is included in those vaccines- ie preservatives and chemicals to make the body absorb things faster, and as far as I know there haven't been too many scientific studies done to ascertain what problems that could cause.

however, vaccines are made in different ways, and there are various forms of every vaccine and some are stronger than others and some are more risky than others. you should ask your vet what type of vaccine it is (some use a live virus + antibodies, some use a "fake virus" + antibodies, and some use a dead or slightly different virus +antibodies, and each type requires boosters at different times, since some last longer or are stronger than others). i think the ones using a live virus are the most effective, since it is literally the exact virus that your dog (or kid, you, etc.) could encounter in their daily life, but i think it has the highest risk because there's always a chance of getting the disease through the vaccine.

personally though, i think vets just want your money, and so do the pharmaceutical companies that make the drugs (which also can pay lawmakers to mandate vaccinations yearly, even if your dog may not necessarily need them). i think it's all about the money and not about health.

if i lived in a place that allowed a test for immunity to the viruses in place of the vaccine, i'd probably choose the test, unless it was significantly cheaper to just do the vaccine. i don't see the point in exposing my pups to unnecessary risks (there's always a risk with anything, including vaccines). i don't know that repeat boosters are a problem, but i don't think they are always necessary.

sorry, totally long-winded reply!
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PostSubject: Re: when to stop boosting???   Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:44 am

long winded replys are good!

the whole point is to get peoples views Wink

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