Do Dogs Need Booster Vaccinations?

All dog vaccinations (dog vaccines) are made from the bacteria or viruses of the disease, but they are either given in a dead form or so weak that the disease cannot be given to a puppy. What does happen is that in receiving these harmless doses, the puppy builds up an immunity to the disease in question by manufacturing antibodies. Therefore you can quite safely have your puppy protected against disease by having it vaccinated at nine weeks old and by giving it booster doses at intervals of two years or according to your vet’s advice. (source: K9 Magazine)

Catherine O’Driscoll is founder of Canine Health Concern, and author of the book, ‘What Vets Don’t Tell You About Vaccines’. She is a high profile opponent of giving dogs regular ‘booster’ vaccinations.  She says: “When an annual booster vaccination  with a modified live virus (MLV) vaccine (i.e. Distemper , Parvovirus  or Fe Distemper) is given to a previously vaccinated adult  animal – no added protection is provided.  Modified live virus vaccines depend on the replication of the virus for a response. Antibodies from previous vaccines do not allow the new virus to replicate. Antibody titres are not boosted significantly, memory cell populations are not expanded. No additional protection is provided.”

There is quite an intense debate amongst dog owners and the animal health profession about the topic of annual booster vaccinations for dogs.

Some say they are an integral part of being a responsible dog owner. Others argue that they are not only ineffective, but can actually do more harm than good.

So today’s Dog Chat hot topic asks: do you think that dogs need annual booster vaccinations? Have your say in the comments below. We look forward to hearing your views.

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