Shared Blog Post – New Canine Vaccine Rules Rolled Out – Can You Guess What They Now Endorse? by Karen Becker, DVM

In this article from December 20th, veterinarian Karen Becker discusses the 2017 Canine Vaccination Guidelines released by the American Animal Hospital Association. I have recently posted articles on this same topic by Dr. Nancy Kay and Dr. Jean Dodds.

Dr. Becker notes that the significant changes in this AAHA document are:

  • There are no notable changes to core vaccine recommendations (distemper, parvo, adenovirus and rabies), except that the parainfluenza virus is now considered an optional core according to the AAHA
  • As always, my (Dr. Becker’s) canine vaccine protocol differs from the AAHA guidelines, especially with regard to non-core vaccines
  • For the first time, the AAHA acknowledges that titer tests are useful in determining dogs’ immunity to distemper, parvo and adenovirus

Dr. Becker, Dr. Kay, and Dr. Dodds all recommend titer testing. It is something we have done with our dogs for many years. An argument some use against titer testing is its cost. In her article, Dr. Becker discusses a program through Kansas State University which can make titer testing more economical for both you and your veterinarian. You can read more about that at –

You can read Dr. Becker’s entire article and her recommended vaccine protocol at –

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 Dr. Dodd’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 –


Recommended Resources

Articles on Don’s Blog ( )

Shared Blog Post – AAHA Vaccination Guidelines 2017 for Dogs – A Review by Dr. Jean Dodds –

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

Vaccinations–Interviews with Dr. Ron Schultz

How to Report Adverse Reactions to Vaccines, Drugs, Devices, Foods, and Flea and Tick Products –

Complementary Medicine – Tikken – Vaccines, Aggression & Homeopathy —

Shared Blog Post – It’s Time to Put a Stop to the Mindless Over-Vaccination of Pets

Podcasts from The Woof Meow Show
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Podcast – A Holistic Approach to Vaccines for Dogs – Part 1 w/Dr. Judy Herman –

Podcast – A Holistic Approach to Vaccines for Dogs – Part 2 w/Dr. Judy Herman –

Vaccinations- Why they are important, Core Vaccines & Vaccination Schedules w/Dr. Ronald Schultz (June 22nd, 2013) –

Vaccinations, Titer Testing, Non-Core Vaccines and Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex with Dr. Ron Schultz (June 29th, 2013) –

Vaccinations– Non-Core Vaccines for Cats and Adverse Reactions to Vaccines with Dr. Ron Schultz (July 6th, 2013) –

Vaccinations – The Rabies Challenge Fund with Dr. Ron Schultz (July 13th, 2013) –

Podcast – Holistic and Complementary Wellness for Pets – Our Personal Journey —

How to Report Adverse Reactions to Vaccines, Drugs, Devices, Foods, and Flea and Tick Products

If your pet has an adverse reaction to a vaccine, a drug, a device, food or treat, or a flea or tick control product, you need to report that adverse reaction to your veterinarian and the appropriate government agency. By doing so, you may prevent another pet from a serious illness or death.

The following links will help you to do so. Thank you!

USDA – Vaccines – Adverse Event Reporting

FDA – How to Report Animal Drug Side Effects and Product Problems

EPA – Flea and Tick Control Products – Pesticide Poisoning in Pets

FDA – Pet Food – How to Report Product Problems and Complaints to the FDA


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HEALTH ALERT – Important new from the Rabies Challenge Fund!

Important new from the Rabies Challenge Fund. Let’s hope that governments throughout the world do the right thing and accept Rabies titer results instead of requiring additional, yet unnecessary and often detrimental revaccination.

Recently updated testimony/statement of Dr. Ronald Schultz on rabies vaccination and rabies titers. “Canine studies funded by The Rabies Challenge Fund and performed in collaboration with the University of Georgia have confirmed that dogs that have a detectable rabies antibody titer are resistant to disease caused by experimental challenge with virulent rabies virus for as long as 7 years after two doses of rabies vaccine.”