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Dr. Michael Salkin
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I am not happy with injections.I only have our flatcoat done

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I am not happy with injections.I only have our flatcoat done every 3 yrs except for lepto. which I understand only stays in the body for 12 mths.I have a 4 yr old and I have just read a book which also queries the long term effect. What do you think?

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I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. To answer you directly, I would core vaccinate Tiggy at 3 year intervals and stop vaccinating at 8-9 years of age unless there were a significant risk for leptospirosis where Tiggy frequents and if that's the case, leptospirosis vaccinations are best given at 6 month rather than 1 year intervals. The core vaccines given at 3 year intervals are canine distemper, infectious canine hepatitis (adenovirus-2), and canine parvovirus. All other vaccines* are optional and should be predicated based on assessment of risk-to-benefit ratio (environment, risk of exposure, etc.).

*canine parainfluenza, Bordetella bronchiseptica, Lyme/borreliosis

The above recommendations can be found in the 2011 AAHA canine vaccination guidelines save stopping vaccinations at 8-9 years of age. This is my preference but which is shared by others who believe that the risk-to-benefit ratio supports stopping vaccinations at that age. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

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