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Vaccinations are a very important part of your pet’s health care.  Please educate yourself on what core and non-core vaccinations are, and discuss with your veterinarian.

The last time the vaccination guidelines were modified was in 2011.  Some highly regarded veterinarians, such as Drs Ronald Schultz and Jean Dodds would like to have seen additional changes to the 2011 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines before they were published.  They have been outspoken about it and continue to work for changes that they believe are better for our pets.  We include excerpts from Dr Jean Dodds’ website below the AAHA guidelines.

2011 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines [Last Changed or Published in 2011 (Sep/Oct)]

Since the last time the American Animal Hospital Association’s (AAHA) Canine Vaccination Guidelines were revised in 2006, new vaccines have been licensed, others have been withdrawn, and new information has led to the revision of previous recommendations. The 2011 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines offer a comprehensive review of canine vaccines currently available in North America, updated recommendations for core versus non-core vaccines, and revised recommendations for shelter-housed dogs.

Developed in a manner consistent with best vaccination practices, the 2011 Guidelines include expert opinions supported by scientific study, published and unpublished documents, and encompass all canine vaccines currently licensed in the U.S. and Canada. The task force that developed the guidelines included experts in immunology, infectious diseases, internal medicine, law, and clinical practice.

To help address common questions heard by members of the task force about canine vaccination issues asked by practicing veterinarians, a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) section was added to the Guidelines. Since scientific studies and referred journal publications are not available to support all of the vaccination recommendations included within the FAQ section, some answers are based on unpublished studies, current knowledge of immunology, and the experiences of experts in the field.

Also new to this edition:

  • Updated recommendations on serologic testing
  • Expanded discussion on vaccine adverse events
  • Review of the legal implications associated with administering vaccines in clinical practice
  • Full consideration of both U.S. and Canadian canine vaccination regulations

To view the 2011 AAHA Canine Vaccine Guidelines, please click here.

2016 Dodds Vaccination Protocol for Dogs

The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not be interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice.

9 – 10 weeks of age

Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV
e.g. Merck Nobivac (Intervet Progard) Puppy DPV

14 – 15 weeks of age
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV

18 weeks of age
Parvovirus only, MLV
Note: New research states that last puppy parvovirus vaccine should be at 18 weeks old.

20 weeks or older, if allowable by law
Rabies – give 3-4 weeks apart from other vaccines
Mercury-free (thimerosol-free, TF)

1 year old
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV
This is an optional booster or titer. If the client intends not to booster after this optional booster or intends to retest titers in another three years, this optional booster at puberty is wise.

1 year old
Rabies – give 3-4 weeks apart from other vaccines
3-year product if allowable by law; mercury-free (TF)
Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian. In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request. Visit The Rabies Challenge Fund for more information.

W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843