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Preventing Unnecessary Over-Vaccination in Dogs and Cats

Preventing Unnecessary Over-Vaccination in Dogs and Cats

What does over-vaccination even mean? Surprisingly, I’m not talking about the number of vaccines given during one visit. Because sometimes your pet really needs all of the vaccines! It is not ideal to administer too many vaccines in one visit. Nobody likes that many jabs. However, that doesn’t count as over-vaccination. Over-vaccination occurs in 2 situations: your pet receives unnecessary vaccines, or your pet receives necessary vaccines too often. Unfortunately, many veterinarians don’t understand the duration of immunity (DOI) or risk-benefit analysis. Don’t let your vet over-vaccinate your pet due to your lack of education on the matter.

Ultimate Guide to Understanding Vaccinology in Dogs and Cats

Ultimate Guide to Understanding Vaccinology in Dogs and Cats

*Vaccines protect against disease by fooling the immune system into thinking the pet has been infected.

*Maternal antibodies destroy vaccines just as effectively as they destroy real pathogens.

*Vaccine titers don’t tell you if your pet is protected against disease, and therefore are a waste of money in all but very specific circumstances (ones that have never come up in my career).

*Adjuvants can kill cats, but there are non-adjuvanted cat vaccines available.

*Modified Live Vaccines last a REALLY long time because they stimulate cell-mediated immunity, but killed and recombinant vaccines do not.