The "Vaccine Debate"
#11
Gideon's Mom, why don't you do the kennel cough vaccine. Sometimes I have had to (boarding) but have always wondered if it was necessary otherwise.

I'm thinking I may have my dogs vaccinated for lepto. There is a veterinarian in our agility class and I was talking to her about the vaccine a couple of weeks ago. She thought that it was unnecessary for dog living in our area but since I travel with my dogs it might be good for them to have it.
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#12
The first dog I ever ahd lived to 18 years old and died peacefully. It never had a vaccination.

Sparky had the best of vet care all vaccinations and flee medicine and died at 12 years old of massive liver failure.
Marky Bear had thousands of dollers of doggy liver surgery and ICU and lived 11 years. Need less to say I am leary of over medicating Jolie'
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#13
I do not do Kennel cough, there are different strains, so it may not cover the strain that iturns up in your area. It is bit like the flu shot in that regards. A few years ago many dogs here had Kennel cough, many of which had had the nasal spray. These people were confused and did not realise it does not cover all strains. Obviously with the huge break out here that strain had not been given.
I know many boarding places require this, understandably if nothing else than to cover their own butts.
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#14
(03-24-2017, 07:55 PM)Tasha Wrote: Gideon's Mom, why don't you do the kennel cough vaccine.  Sometimes I have had to (boarding) but have always wondered if it was necessary otherwise.  

I'm thinking I may have my dogs vaccinated for lepto.  There is a veterinarian in our agility class and I was talking to her about the vaccine a couple of weeks ago.  She thought that it was unnecessary for dog living in our area but since I travel with my dogs it might be good for them to have it.

Kennel cough is like the cold.  There are quite a number of different ones.  The vaccine only covers a limited number of them and may not confer complete immunity to the ones it does cover.  If my dog had heart or lung issues, I might consider giving it, but otherwise it's just one more vaccine that doesn't do much.

Lepto has many different strains, but the vaccine only covers 4 specific strains.  If one of those strains are endemic in your area, it makes sense to get it, otherwise it is one of the worst vaccines ever for reactions.  If your dog is on leash when you travel, you aren't likely to have a problem.  But if it's allowed to roam, then it might be wise to get it.
Gotta love 'em.
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#15
I guess I will skip the Lepto vaccine. The only times my dogs are off leash when we travel is in an agility ring or my sister's backyard.
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