do i need to have my toy poodle be given shots for DHP-PV, ON A REGULAR BASES, HE IS NOW 8YR OLD

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  • More than likely, your dog is immune for life. The vaccines you're talking about are called modified-live vaccines which are much more effective long term than a killed vaccine (such as rabies).

    The reason why vaccines are given in a series of 3 is simply statistical. After 3 vaccines, chances are greater than 95% that a dog has seroconverted (made antibodies) to a vaccine. But what happens when a dog seroconverts after the first shot? What happens with the other 2 shots in the series? The answer is: nothing. If your dog seroconverts after the first shot, the second 2 shots in the series are all risk and no gain. Moreover, the amount of vaccine given to your toy poodle is exactly the same amount that's given to a Saint Bernard. No joke.

    And this is where booster shots come into play. If your dog is already immune, then booster shots too are all risk and no gain. The question you want to ask yourself is: are you willing to risk over-stimulating the immune system at this point in time? Repercussions can be allergies (acute or chronic), immune system diseases, hypothyroidism, other endocrine diseases, skin diseases, and more.

    So how do you know? Well, without getting into the nitty gritty of memory cells and all, the most practical way would be to simply titre the blood. To titre the blood simply means that you draw some blood and your vet will test it for antibodies to certain diseases (probably parvo, distemper and rabies). If there are circulating antibodies in the blood, you can be sure your dog does NOT need a booster. Because remember, you can't ever be "more" immune. You either are immune or you're not.

    Your vet will know how to titre the blood and these days it's a very common test. There is a lot of information out there to be had by way of immunology and the effectiveness of vaccines, but suffice to say just ask your vet for titre tests and you should be good to go.

    Good luck!

  • Frankly, rabies apart, when we lived in Canada and it was law to have them boostered every year, I have never boostered mine after about aged 7 years. My take is if they don't have immunity by then, there's a problem! However, it does depend on what you are doing with your dog. If you are showing, it's sensible to continue while you are doing that. And I used to booster before I bred my girls.

    But there's a lot of new thinking on the subject of the need for yearly boosters. And I think there's now more against than for doing this. Most are going for every other year, or even every 3 years. Boarding kennels still require an up to date booster, so if you kennel yearly, you will need to booster yearly.

    So frankly I'd say leave it off - but be warned, parvo does, and is, cropping up still so you need to be aware about what's going on in your area!!

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  • Personally, I wouldn't give him any more of those at all. If you can't escape the rabies law, then unfortunately you must, but the rest you should definitely skip. Yearly vaccines are quite overkill; there is no evidence to support that dogs lose immunity after one year of vaccinations. That's just silly. Over-vaccination can be especially harmful to old dogs and to small dogs, and yours fits both those descriptions.


  • If your dog has had at least two vaccines after the age of 3mos old, you do not need to revaccinate every year. The research suggests booster every 7 years. Most vet schools now suggest boosters every 5-7yrs. Though your vet will probably recommend an annual booster, it's not necessary, and may be related to immune disorders.

  • no, not every year.every third year is enough.

    after the dog is 8-9yrs, i don't give any vaccines to my dogs,only rabies every3years.

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