I would like to make you aware that all 27 veterinary schools in North America are in the process of changing their protocols for vaccinating cats and dogs. Some of this information will present an ethical and economic challenge to Vets, and there will be skeptics. Some organizations have come up with a political compromise by suggesting vaccinations every 3 years to appease those who fear loss of income versus those concerned about potential side effects. Politics, traditions, or the Drs' economic well being should not be a factor in a medical decision.
8-10 weeks of age:
Give 10-14 days prior to show/event and then yearly while dog is "at risk".
PUPPY DEWORMING SCHEDULE
Nemex dewormer (preferred)
Strongid-T dewormer liquid
Nemex dewormer (preferred)
Strongid-T dewormer liquid
Once the puppy has reached 50 lb of body weight, you can use 1% liquid ivermectin at a rate of 0.01ml per 10 lb of body weight (that's 0.1ml per 100 lb adult) during cooler months (Oct thru April). During the hotter months (June thru Sept), you can increase it to 0.05ml per 10 lb of body weight (0.5ml for a 100+ lb adult) -- 1ml is the maximum amount you should ever give and should only be used in a severe case of internal parasites - no more than one or two months at a time. This safe and very cost effective product will prevent heartworms and kill most other intestinal worms, except for tapeworms. You can get liquid ivermectin at most Feed & Seed Stores or Tractor Supply outlets.
For Fleas, you can use any of several products on the market, but please be careful of anything that contains permethrins. Your dog should never have to suffer from fleas if you use these products. You can find links to discount flea meds on my home page. If you prefer a completely non-toxic product (especially for Anatolians), Diatomaceous Earth is a good alternative .. you can find the link for it below.
WARNING: Recently there was information flying around about the FDA investigating various flea products and it appears Vectra 3D is one of them. They have been successfully sued for adverse reactions, but vets are pushing it because of their rebate/rewards programs.
For outside around your house, you can use diatomaceous earth to kill off any insect with an exoskeleton. I love this stuff and use it in my puppy pen when I have a litter of pups. This is COMPLETELY NONTOXIC to your animals. I get mine HERE
Multiple components in vaccines compete with each other for the immune system and result in lesser immunity for each individual disease as well as increasing the risk of a reaction.
Canine Corona Virus is only a disease of puppies. It is rare and self limiting (dogs get well in 3 days without treatment). Corona virus does not cause disease in adult dogs.
Leptospirosis vaccine is a common cause of adverse reactions in dogs. Most of the clinical cases of lepto reported in dogs in the US are caused by serovaars (or types) grippotyphosa and bratsilvia. The vaccines contain different serovaars eanicola and ictohemorrhagica. Cross protection is not provided and protection is short lived. Lepto vaccine is immuno-supressive to puppies less than 16 weeks.
Dogs and cats immune systems mature fully at 6 months of age. If a modified live virus vaccine is given after 6 months of age it produces lifetime immunity for the pet (i.e. canine distemper, parvo, feline distemper). If another MLV vaccine is given one year later, the antibodies from the first vaccine neutralize the antigens of the second vaccine and there is little or no effect. The titer is not “boosted” nor are more memory cells induced. Not only are annual boosters for parvo and distemper unnecessary, it subjects the pet to potential risks of allergic reactions and immune-mediated haemolytic anemia. There is no scientific documentation to back up label claims for annual administration of MLV vaccines.
Puppies receive antibodies through their mothers milk that last for 8-14 weeks.
Puppies and kittens should NOT be vaccinated at LESS than 8 weeks. Maternal immunity will neutralize the vaccine and little protection (0-38%) will be produced. Vaccination at 6 weeks will, however, DELAY the timing of the first highly effective vaccine.
Vaccinations given 2 weeks apart SUPPRESS rather than stimulate the immune system. A series of vaccinations is given starting at 8 weeks and given 3-4 weeks apart up to 16 weeks of age. Another vaccination given sometime after 6 months of age will (usually at 1 year, 4 months) provide LIFETIME IMMUNITY.
"Distemper & Parvo. According to Dr. Schultz, AVMA, 8-15-95, when a vaccination series given at 3 week intervals and again at 1 year with a MLV, puppies and kitten program memory cells that survive for life, providing lifelong immunity.
"Dr. Carmichael at Cornell and Dr. Schultz have studies showing immunity against challenge at 2-10 years for canine distemper and 4 years for parvovirus. Studies for longer duration are pending.
There are no new strains of parvovirus as one manufacturer would like to suggest. Parvovirus vaccination provides cross immunity for all types.
Hepatitis (Adenovirus) is one of the agents known to be a cause of kennel cough. Only vaccines with CAV-2 should be used as CAV-1 vaccines carry the risk of "hepatitis blue-eye" reactions and kidney damage.
Bordetella Parainfluenza: Commonly called "Kennel cough", recommended only for those dogs boarded, groomed, taken to dog shows, or for any reason housed where exposed to a lot of dogs. The intranasal vaccine provides more complete and more rapid onset of immunity with less chance of reaction. Immunity requires 72 hours and does not protect from every cause of kennel cough. Immunity is of short duration (4-6 months).