Ok I hope you guys can help me out. I usually do a limited vaccination for my dogs. Well I got Cheyenne my golden retriever neutered and also had them do the distemper shot since he was due in august. Well I just happened to look at his neuter certificate along with distemper shot. I noticed its says DA2PPV-yearly. Apparently this is only a yearly distemper shot and expires in 2010? But I read that the these are 3 year vaccinations even with the expiration date on them. Can someone clear some light up here for me. I just read on the internet this: DHPPV should be given annually to dogs under five years of age. So what about if they are over 5 is it over 3 years then? Now I am totally confused and apparently the expiration date means nothing or am I just confusing myself now. HELP!!!
A post was made a while ago about Dr. Jean Dodds latest recommended vaccine schedule. My own vet has told me that generally dogs are protected for many years with only one or two annual vaccinations. You should discuss the frequency with your vet, perhaps share Dr. Dodds recommendations with him as well.
That is what I thought but when I keep seeing these expiration dates on these distempers they confuse me. So typically my golden who is 14 months old I just got his distemper shot and it says it expires in a year that I really dont need to get one for 3 years and the same goes for my other golden who is 8, she got one this year and it says it expires next year as well. But according to alot I have read online expiration dates dont matter that you give the limited vaccation schedule every 3 years. I would normally ask my breeder this but as my breeder died a year ago and I didnt know who else to ask besides my vet. But depending on who you talk to at the vet you get different answers. Go figure. They are there for the money sometimes.
The vaccines are all the same. It is just that some vets are still stuck on the annual vaccination thing. It is not an expiration date (unless you are looking at the actual label from the vaccine, because they do have a limited shelf life).