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    So, gordy made it to seven...he is officially the oldest dog to survive with my hubby and me.

    Anyway, now that he in the senior catagory what should we do about his vaccination schedule? We have always gone with what the vet suggest at the yearly exam, dhpp and the bordetella twice a year, rabies every other year due to local law. Should we now go to a three year schedule and how do I request that? Also what about the rabies vaccine? And do I still titer every year?

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    I don't do vaccines on dogs over 8. I do 3 year schedules on all shots until then.



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    Our vet uses a 3-yr vaccination schedule. Henry (6.5) got his 3 year rabies vax in 2009, and it will likely be his last. He was titered in 2008 for distemper and parvo, and is still high, so no vax for him.

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    Abbey has had one 3yr rabies vaccine (she'll be 3 in April), so I will likely due one more 3yr rabies and 3yr distemper and then titer for everything after those.

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    I am pulling titers on all my dogs now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 3TailsWaggin View Post
    I am pulling titers on all my dogs now.
    I don't mean to hijack this thread, but what exactly does this mean?
    Thanks.

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    I stopped vaccines on my last Lab after a visit to U of P( he was 10 at the time). They said due to his age and allergies he should not get vaccinated again. That was over 8 years ago...at that point Penn was recommending a three year vaccine schedule.

    I would definately switch to a 3 year protocol....it is possible that that may even be overboard....titering would be better.

    Guthrie only ever got his 3 puppy shots. I opted not to give his one year booster but rather titer him given a severe hive reaction he had. His titers were all good at one year and fine again at age two. Can't wait to see how they are at three.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Louie Leave-IT View Post
    I don't mean to hijack this thread, but what exactly does this mean?
    Thanks.
    They just draw blood and check to see if you have an adequate immune response.

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    I'll be titering Diesel from now on given his health issues. I'll do the 3 year with Blaise.
    Sharon, Blaise and Diesel.

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    Sammi received her 3 yr. vaccines and will be titered from now on- except for rabies which she has to get by law.

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