Shared Blog Post – Updated Canine Vaccination Guidelines by Nancy Kay, DVM

Veterinarian Nancy Kay discusses the 2017 Canine Vaccination Guidelines released by the American Animal Hospital Association. This is the first update of this document since 2011.

The core vaccines for a dog remain; 1) Rabies and 2) DAPP: a combination of Canine Distemper Virus, Adenovirus-2, and Parvovirus +/- Parainfluenza Virus.

Non-core vaccinations (those that may be warranted depending on the dog’s lifestyle) now includes: Bordetella bronchiseptica + canine parainfluenza virus (kennel cough), Bordetella bronchiseptica only (kennel cough), Leptospirosis, Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease), Canine Influenza Virus– H3N8, Canine Influenza Virus– H3N2, Crotalus atrox (rattlesnake vaccine).

The new guidelines also provide an in-depth discussion of antibody or titer testing versus revaccination. Dr. Kay notes: “Antibody testing is becoming more popular amongst people who prefer to rely on test results rather than automatically give a distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus booster every three years. Vaccine serology is also useful for determining if a puppy who has just completed the vaccination series has mounted an adequate immune system response. Additionally, antibody testing can be helpful in situations in which revaccinating might not be a wise choice such as: A dog with a chronic illness, A dog who is very elderly, A dog who has experienced a prior adverse reaction to a vaccination, A dog with a history of immune-mediated (autoimmune disease), A dog who is receiving drugs that could suppress the immune system’s response to a vaccination.”

Green Acres Kennel Shop accepts titer tests when recommended by your veterinarian as a safer and healthier alternative to revaccination.

You can read Dr. Kay’s article at –

You can read the entire 2017 Canine Vaccination Guidelines document at –

A PDF version of a summary of 2017 Canine Vaccination Guidelines document can be downloaded and printed at –

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