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Our approach to vaccines is that not every vaccine should be given to every pet. We attempt to determine which diseases are the greatest risk for each individual pet and vaccinate for only those diseases. Below are listed the most likely vaccine that may be needed.
Which vaccines and how often they are boostered is determined in part by "Risk Factor Management". A pet's environment and lifestyle puts him or her at a greater of lesser risk for certain diseases. Only the diseases that present a significant risk should be vaccinated against. The risk factors include:
Conventional wisdom regarding the health benefits of vaccinations is presently changing. Many conventional and alternative veterinarians are now questioning the need for yearly vaccinations and are, in fact, concerned that too-frequent boostering may have negative health ramifications in the form of immune system over-stimulation.
Consequently, there is now a movement to recommend that vaccinations be boostered less often. It has been proposed that rather than booster your dog every year, you have the animal's serum antibody level (titer) measured to see if it is within in a range that suggests adequate protection against the specific disease in question.
If serum titer proves to be within the range that suggests protection, then it is proposed that boostering be skipped that year and titers be retested the following year. Because vaccines come with instructional inserts on how to give the vaccine and on how often to re-booster, veterinarians are reluctant to follow a course of vaccination and boostering that presently is in opposition to the accepted standard of practice.
Therefore, it may take several years before you see most veterinarians switching to a new boostering protocol. Their fear is that if they recommend less frequent booster (even though the serum titer measures in the protective range) and your pet comes down with the disease, that then they will be held responsible. It should be noted that measuring serum titers has been used by manufactures for years as a way of measuring vaccine protection but many question its validity as a benchmark for protection.