Your puppy comes to you having had its first puppy vaccination C3 covering Distemper/Parvovirus/Infectious Hepatitis.  Our wonderful vets, The Natural Vets at Forest Glen vaccinates the puppies and gives them a dose of Thuja at the same time in order to minimise any negative side effects that the pup might have.

It has been shown in this scientific study that adult dogs properly vaccinated with most Distemper/Parvovirus/Infectious Hepatitis (C3) vaccines likely have immunity to these diseases for seven years or longer, possibly for their lifetime, in the absence of any repeat vaccination. This means that once pups have received their initial immunisation course and first adult booster for the core vaccines (Distemper, Parvovirus and Infectious Heptatitis), and have mounted an effective immune response, they will not need vaccine ‘boosters’ any more frequently than three-yearly, or possibly ever again.

This is in line with worldwide guidelines:

“Dogs that have responded to vaccination with MLV (modified live virus) core vaccines maintain a solid immunity for many years in the absence of any repeat vaccination. Following the 12 month booster, subsequent revaccinations are given at intervals of 3 years or longer, unless special conditions apply.”

What’s more, it is known that vaccine ‘boosters’ in an adequately protected animal do not actually boost their immune status further, but can over-stimulate the immune system and increase the likelihood of side effects.

What does this mean for your Great Dane?

Firstly, we strongly recommend that if you are local to continue to use The Natural Vets at Forest Glen as your vet of choice for all of your puppies health concerns.

When determining an appropriate vaccination schedule for your puppy, your vet should their current health status, lifestyle, vaccine needs and the risks vs the benefits of each vaccination.

The Natural Vets offer a customised vaccination schedule that ensure your pet is protected against any life-threatening diseases they are likely to come into contact with, but reduces the likelihood of vaccine reactions and side effects seen with excessive vaccinations.

Certain vaccinations administered at appropriate intervals are necessary to ensure the health and safety of your pet. Vaccinations prime the immune system to recognise the disease and react quickly should the body come into contact with it. Because the immune system is primed, immunity is stimulated much more rapidly when a vaccinated animal comes into contact with that disease, and the body is able to mount a rapid defence. Thus if a dog comes into contact with parvovirus and has been vaccinated appropriately (and responded to the vaccine), he/she will immediately mount an immune response which should prevent infection. Parvovirus is the one remaining life-threatening disease frequently seen in dogs in Australia.

The Option to Titre Test

A titre test is a blood test that can be used to assess an animal’s immune response to previous vaccines. We recommend if you are at all concerned for your pups immunity that you request your vet run titre tests for Distemper virus and Parvovirus, and for Infectious Hepatitis.  This will then determine whether or not additional vaccination is in fact needed.