I don't understand about not giving the heartworm preventative all year around, truthfully. Even when I lived in Michigan, my dogs were on preventative all year round. That is also what I was taught in the vet tech program in college and it was the norm in the clinics I worked.
About the vaccinations. I also have my dogs get all the regular vaccines. I included Lymes vaccine, because of a huge tick problem.
Just about a month ago, I was asking one of the vets at the clinic I go to about overvaccinating. By law, we have to do the one year rabies, but it is the same stuff as the three year rabies. Since clinics cut cost by buying vaccines that have all the vaccines in one, the pet will get all the vaccines yearly. My vet agreed, that Parvo and distemper last longer than yearly but Lepto is one of those that has to be given yearly, it won't last any longer than that. I live in the country, lots of wildlife and possibility of one of my dogs to drink standing water, so I have to vaccinate against Lepto. My dachshund is one that laps up water and will eat anything.
My lab mix is turning 12 this year and he is due for vaccinations. Around here, titers are not available, sadly.
This year I really have mixed feelings about getting him vaccinated, but again, wildlife, unvaccinated dogs everywhere, what is a person to do? Also, most vet clinics will not admit an unvaccinated dog for surgery or treatment, so said pet will have to be vaccinated prior to being admitted or when admitted.
I have not had my pets vaccinated for kennel cough in a long time, I don't see a point in that one at all.
So, come next week, I guess Thunder will get rabies vaccine for sure and most likely the regular combination booster after that. I will skip the lymes with him this year.
Toby, my golden, is due for lymes vaccine. The surgeon I am in contact with, is also against overvaccinating. He said not to give the Lymes vaccine to the dogs. Toby had tested positive for Ehrlichia this past summer. We have a huge tick problem. What to do?
I really am a bit at a loss right now, as you can tell.
I do trust the vets, I am for vaccinations but having a couple of seniors and thinking about what is best for them, leaves me a bit in a quandary right now.
Like I said, living in the country with constant wildlife around and my dogs probably being the only vaccinated dogs around here, does not make it any easier.
Sam (Golden Sam of Benning) 11/20/1983 - 6/18/1989
Samuel (Rachel's Tribute to Sam) 5/5/1989 - 10/23/2001
Toby, ( Rachel's Topsy Turvy Toby) my heart dog 3/12/2003 - 3/30/2013, I miss you Toby!
Thunder (lab mix): 3/12/2001 - 1/2/2014, I miss you Thunder!
Dachsi ( dachsh.) born 3/12/2010
Ben - Harborview Tugging At My Heart Strings born 11/16/2013