Leptospirosis outbreak in Detroit, MI

Bacterial disease outbreak threatens metro Detroit animals
Published: Oct. 27, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. — More than 20 cases of the life-threatening bacterial infection leptospirosis have been reported in Detroit-area dogs in the past three weeks, according to Michigan State University’s Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health.
Experts at the MSU center, a service unit of the College of Veterinary Medicine, diagnosed the specific strain of the disease, which can cause fatal damage to dogs and can be transmitted to humans.
In most cases, the dogs were not vaccinated against leptospirosis, or they had an uncertain vaccination history. Because this particular type of leptospirosis is associated with contact with rats, stray dogs are typically thought to be at highest risk. Continue reading Leptospirosis outbreak in Detroit, MI

The Current Status of Canine Vaccinations:

Are We Vaccinating Dogs with Too Many Vaccines Too Often?
Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD
University of Florida

Since the 1950’s, veterinary medicine has done an excellent job in educating pet owners on the importance of vaccination. There is no debate over the health benefits that millions of dogs have derived from vaccination against distemper, parvovirus, infectious hepatitis, and rabies. The decrease in number of human, canine, and farm animal cases of rabies in recent years, despite an increasing incidence in wildlife, is largely attributable to vaccination of dogs.1
Vaccination not only protects the individual dog, but also decreases disease prevalence and transmission in the canine population as a whole, even if some of the dogs are not vaccinated. For example, rabies is not effectively transmitted if more than 70 percent of the canine population is vaccinated.1 Continue reading The Current Status of Canine Vaccinations:

Vaccines schedule

Vaccination Schedules
2006 AAHA Canine Recommended Vaccination Schedules Continue reading Vaccines schedule

FAQs of Vaccines

W. Jean Dodds, DVM

Q. Is there risk of overvaccinating with vaccines not needed for a specific animal ?
A. Yes. Vaccines contain material designed to challenge the immune system of the pet, and so can cause adverse reactions.  They should not be given needlessly, and should be tailered to the pet’s individual needs.

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Immunology vaccines

Susan Thorpe Vargas MS, Ph.D.

One of the most controversial issues in veterinary science today concerns puppy vaccinations. What people are questioning is the frequency of vaccination, some safety vs. efficacy concerns and even whether to vaccinate at all. So when you ask your vet when to bring your animal back for its next shot, be aware there is no one correct answer. How often to vaccinate will depend upon quite a few different factors. Some of these considerations include dog’s environment, its breed, the age at which the first shot was given and the interval between shots. Continue reading Immunology vaccines

Dr Dodds recommendations

Changing Vaccine Protocols orig. by W Jean Dodds DVM
W. Jean Dodds, DVM
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The challenge to produce effective and safe vaccines for the prevalent infectious diseases of humans and animals has become increasingly difficult. In veterinary medicine, evidence implicating vaccines in triggering immune-mediated and other chronic disorders (vaccinosis) is . . . → Read More: Dr Dodds recommendations

Other vaccines

Crotalus atrox Toxoid (Rattlesnake vaccine) two doses given one month apart with annual boosters.
The Task Force takes no position on the use of this vaccine, due to lack of experience. A reasonable expectationof efficacy does exist.

Porphyromonas sp. (Periodontal disease vaccine) see manufacturers labeled directions. The Task Force takes no position on the use of this vaccine, . . . → Read More: Other vaccines