Vaccinating Dogs - Is it Necessary?

Are you confused about how to protect your dog? Do you go to the vet and just have all the vaccines done? Is it really possible that your dog is susceptible to all diseases? It can be really difficult to know what your dog needs, and what he can live out his life without.
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We all struggle with trying to be responsible dog owners. We search for the correct food, treats and vaccines. Everyone wants a healthy dog. Healthy canines are more affordable to own, and give us far more joy then pets that have problems. As any dog owner can tell you, no animal gets through their lives without a few hic-ups.
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Puppy shots are very important. There doesn't seem to be a debate on this subject, however, repeated vaccination is being discussed. Enlightened veterinarians and pet owners are concerned about the health risks and lack of benefits regarding repeatedly vaccinating dogs after these initial shots.
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Titer testing is a blood test that measures the existence and levels of antibodies to disease in the blood. Basically, one ml of blood is drawn from your pet. The sample is then diluted. Titer levels, expressed as ratios, indicate how many times blood can be diluted before no antibodies are detected. The most recommended test examines antibodies for both parvovirus and distemper, rabies are also often tested. You can test for other virus's, but usually this is not considered useful or necessary.
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'Strong' titers are believed to be a more reliable indication of immunity then vaccination. However do not expect that everyone will accept test result in place of proof of vaccination.
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The thing you want to consider is where you dog lives. If he is the only canine you have, and he is primarily in the house or in a fenced yard, he is far less apt to encounter another dog or anything else that may harm him. However if you take your pet to other places, you need to consider the increased threat to diseases. If you live where rattlesnakes are a possibility, you may want to consider the vaccination that can be given to your pet for the poisonous venom. The shot does not protect against post-bite infection, however what would otherwise be a lethal bite, can often times be treated as a mild bite and may need very little or no treatment at all.
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Keep in mind that you have options regarding most vaccines, and your pet deserves a well informed owner. Research all health options for your dog and ask your vet how they feel about each one. In the end you will have a happier, healthier pet and owner.
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