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there is very little data regarding vaccines. They are just now conducting a rabies challenge which will give us more information about how long the rabies vaccine actually lasts. This is the big issue to me... we know the diseases exist, we know that vaccine decreases disease and that our dogs are overall healthier with vaccines... what has not been studied is how long a vaccine lasts and thus how often you have to do it. There is a question about whether titers really give the whole picture and whether a low titer means low protection or not and whether one vaccine is enough... the problem is a lack of data... everone has these tails of well my dog lived to be 15 with vaccines every year or my dog died at 5 despite vaccination...
What we need is data and someone to undertake these studies so we know what we are dealing with.
I personally do minimal vaccines typically only doing distemper parvo and rabies by law but when natalie the wolfhound came home there was a bad influenza going around and my breeder and I knew of two wolfhound breeders whose younger dogs had all died when this influenza went around their kennels (houses) the older dogs who had been vaccinated every year their entire life survived... it was the younger dogs the young health dogs that died... some of them lost every one of their hounds.... Natalie got a vaccine with influenza in it (wolfhounds are prone to heart and lung issues)
In my opinion there is not enough information out there... this is not an area for black and white thinking. I have a "friend" who is so wedded to her ideology that she has opted to totally stop vaccinating, i don't want her dogs anywhere near mine. Does that mean I vaccinate for everything of course not... I don't do lyme, or giardia, or bordatella (typically), or lepto but these are vaccines that don't impact anyone else with diseases that aren't contagious (bordatella but my dogs don't board) What vaccines we give has to be balanced and re-evaluated constantly as we get more information
Shalva and the Milbrose Retrievers and Irish Wolfhound