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    martymonty is offline Member
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    I have been reading several articles about whether it is necessary for dogs to have annual vaccinations. We have a 4 year old lab and have always went in every year, but now wonder if she has really had to get all these shots. We are in Ontario so not sure if "rules" are different in Ontario versus the US. Do you get all the vaccinations for your labs or just some. We are getting a new puppy in a few weeks and would like to know other opinions for when she is a bit older (we will def. get her the normal vaccines for puppies)

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    Annual boosters are recommended for the first year after the puppy vaccines are administered....after that, you should discuss the benefits and risks of annual vaccination with your vet.

    In the past, the DHLP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus) vaccine was typically given each year. These recommendations are changing. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) came out with new guidelines that suggests that adult dog vaccines boosters may be adequate if given every 3 years. Specific vaccine requirements for individual dogs should be discussed with your veterinarian.

    Sophie DOB 04/13/2011 6 mo

    8.5 mo.

    Sophie 15 months, with Skye

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