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Dr. Ken Tudor Holistic Veterinarian

Research by respected veterinary immunologists suggested that every dog needed a specific amount of virus particles to stimulate the immune system, no matter what the size of the dog.

Dog Vaccine Primer 08 | Why is the Dose the Same for Small and Large Dogs?

Are you confused as to why a Chihuahua gets the same amount of vaccine for viruses as a Great Dane? You should be. And the answer is not obvious.

What We Know

Vaccines are produced on scientific research conducted many years ago. That research by respected veterinary immunologists suggested that every dog needed a specific amount of virus particles to stimulate the immune system, no matter what the size of the dog. Unfortunately, vaccines need more than just the virus particles to be effective. The virus needs nutrients and helper chemicals (adjuvants) to preserve and strengthen the vaccine response by the immune system. The volume of those chemicals makes up the majority of the vaccine. It is these adjuvants that we think are causing the long term consequences of vaccinations, called “vaccinosis.” The mercury in rabies vaccine is particularly suspect.So what is the problem if we give a small dog ½ or less of the regular dose?

Decreased Vaccine Doses

If decreased volumes of vaccine are given for smaller dogs, they will receive fewer virus particles. According to the traditional research, dogs receiving fewer virus particle won’t achieve optimum immunity against disease. This situation has not been investigated and we veterinarians have no new information to help our clients and patients with logical decisions. Hopefully more updated research will be conducted soon to determine exactly how many virus particles are necessary per pound of body weight.

The American Holistic Veterinary Medicine Association conference that I attended featured very strong research to suggest rabies vaccine may need to be given only every 5 years. The hope is that the recommendations of this group of veterinary scientists, will be adopted by public health organizations throughout the world as has occurred with their previous vaccine research recommendations.

So What is Your Dog’s Alternative?

1)  Some vaccine companies are making vaccines with ½ of the amounts of adjuvants.
2)  Veterinarians, especially we holistic vets, are vaccinating for fewer viruses that are not necessary
3)  Mercury-free vaccines are available at most holistic practices

At The Well Dog Place we recommend that vaccines for distemper and parvovirus be given only every 3 years, or ideal, when blood tests show that vaccination is necessary. This minimizes unnecessary vaccinations. All of our vaccines are mercury-free. We can help you with a sensible vaccination program for your dog.

Author
Ken Tudor DVM
Dr. Ken Tudor, Holistic Veterinarian

Dr. Ken Tudor is a recognized expert and leader in the field of pet nutrition and fitness. He has developed a pet weight management program and served on the American Animal Hospital Association task force to develop their Weight Management Guidelines for Dogs and Cats. He is also a frequent guest on the Pet World Insider radio show and a popular guest on the televised Pet Ex Talks-Pet Experts Empowering Pet Parents show.

Dog Vaccine Primer 08 | Why is the Dose the Same for Small and Large Dogs?

Dog Vaccine Primer

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