Choosing your veterinarian can be a challenge. It is important to choose the right veterinarian for your puppy as it is choosing the right pediatrician for your child.  Someone who is up to date on what is not going to do harm.

I feel it is very important to feel like your veterinarian is not pushing things on you just for you to support their clinic and could potentially harm your beloved family pet. A good way to determine the good vets from the bad ones, well not really bad ones, maybe misinformed or those that choose to not be informed as they should be because it would cost their business potentially thousands of dollars, if not more.

Yearly vaccinations are a huge part of every veterinarian’s business. You know those cute little cards that remind you once a year to bring Fido in to get their yearly boosters.

Well here is a shocker. Even though the long time practice of giving vaccinations annually whether  a dog needed them or not, Well folks, all that changed in 2003. when the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), and most teaching hospitals changed their vaccination protocols, which was based on new research that that was not needed.

According to the Whole Dog Journal, “In 2003, the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) revised its vaccination guidelines, recommending that vets vaccinate adult dogs only every three years – not annually. Many enlightened veterinarians changed their canine healthcare protocols to reflect the guidelines, and now suggest annual wellness examinations with vaccinations only every three years.

Annual vaccination for most canine diseases is unnecessary and potentially harmful. Dog owners should avoid employing those old-fashioned veterinarians who recommend annual vaccines. Owners should also avoid those veterinary service providers who provide inexpensive vaccines and other routine care without the benefit of a relationship with you and your dog beyond a brief transaction in a parking lot or pet supply store. While the financial cost of vaccine clinics may be appealing, the fact is, your dog’s health may pay the price of unnecessary or inappropriate vaccines.”

 Choosing Your Veterinarian- Core Vaccines

Core Vaccinations is all that are needed.  Canine core vaccines include:

  • Distemper
  • Parvo
  • Adenovirus
  • Rabies

Choosing your Veterinarian- What do they Recommend?

Isn’t is just amazing how many veterinarians choose to ignore the AVHA report, and this happened in 2003!!! I certainly do not want those vets to take care of my animals, Knowing that over vaccination can affect the long term health of your dog.

Personally, my thoughts are we do not vaccinate ourselves or our Children every year or every 3yrs for that matter, why in the world would we do it to a dog?.

A FYI there are other options, number one being Titer testing. This checks the levels of antibodies and determines if you puppy or you dog needs any vaccinations.

Final thought, when you are  choosing your veterinarian,  what are their  THEIR vaccinations protocols are, if they want to vaccinate your pet every year, keep looking, Better yet,,Run out the door!!! They are not the vet for you or your pet.

Holistic vets are a good start when looking for the perfect Vet for your pet. They tend to go with the less is more philosophy which we should do for ourselves as well.