It is important to first note... WE DO believe the benefits of neutering/spaying outweigh the risks in shelter situations and where parties are not capable of being responsible or keeping their animal confined. This article is intended for folks who obtain a puppy from us and have been screened by us. Kavallerie Shepherds screens potential buyers and the clients we choose are extremely dedicated and responsible dog owners. Training, human supervision & appropriate restraint is all that's needed with unaltered dogs. We still recommend spaying females at or after 15 months of age once fully matured and gown. We do not recommend the neutering of any male dog purchased from us for human convenience. We recommend neutering for medical necessity. If you feel you MUST neuter your male we recommend waiting until 15 months of age, minimum. 

Kavallerie Shepherd's Vaccination and what we do for the dogs we own: It's important to note each area is different and it's advisable you speak with your veterinarian that's familiar with the area in which you live. There's no "one size fits all" vaccination protocol and this is not intended as veterinarian advise.

We follow Dr. Dodds minimal vaccine protocol as outlined below.

IMPORTANT: The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one Dr. Dodds recommends and should not be interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice.

Our goal is to minimize the amount of exposure our pups have to harmful chemicals while still protecting them against infection disease.

9-10 Weeks Old:
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Merck Nobivac [Intervet Progard] Puppy DPV)

14-16 Weeks:
Same as above

20 Weeks or Older (if allowable by law):

1 Year:
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (optional = titer)

1 Year after the initial dose:
Rabies, killed 3-year product (give 3-4 weeks apart from distemper/parvovirus booster)

Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian. In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request. See the Rabies Challenge Fund website.

Dr. Dodds has made only slight, minor changes to the basic, core Canine Vaccination Protocol she established in previous years. Dr. Dodds bases her decisions on numerous factors such as presence of maternal immunity, prevalence of viruses or other infectious agents in the region, number of reported occurrences of the viruses and other infectious agents, how these agents are spread, and the typical environmental conditions and exposure risk activities of companion animals.

Dr. Dodds considers infectious canine hepatitis (adenovirus-1), canine adenovirus-2, bordetella, canine influenza, canine coronavirus, leptospirosis, and Lyme regional and situational. Please research the prevalence in your area, and discuss it with your veterinarian.

For Dr. Dodds’ position on various canine vaccines, please refer to the following posts:
Frequently Asked Questions about Titers and Vaccination Protocol
Dr. Ron Schultz on Lyme Vaccine
Dr. Ron Schultz on Leptospirosis Vaccines
Kennel Cough Complex Vaccines
Infectious Canine Hepatitis
Canine Influenza (H3N8)
Vaccinations: A Global Perspective

W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843

 Titer numbers do not matter, as long as you're dog has a number they have active immunity! Vaccinating your dog because it has a low number is not going to give your dog more immunity!




Dr. Karen Becker and Dr. Ronald Schultz on Pet Vaccines

Dr. Becker Interviews Dr. Schultz About Vaccines (Part 1)

Dr. Becker Interviews Dr. Schultz About Vaccines (Part 2)




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