Kavallerie Shepherd's Vaccination Recommendation for your dog or puppy:
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.
Why we don't vaccinate before 9 weeks of age and don't recommend it...
When a puppy is born, it receives passive immunity from its mother in the form of maternal antibodies. Maternal antibodies last on average anywhere between 9 weeks and 12 weeks; Those maternal antibodies block a vaccine and in essence the puppy is receiving chemicals that have no benefit and only risk to the pup. For example, If a puppy receives a vaccination for parvo before the maternal antibodies are gone, the vaccine's effect is blocked, and no immunity develops.
The reason veterinarians do a series of "boosters" is because they're guessing when maternal immunity tapers off, vaccines are ineffective until you puppy's maternal immunity tapers off this occurs on average between 9 weeks and 12 weeks old.
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)
Same as above
20 Weeks or Older (if allowable by law):
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)
*NOTE* Your dog is no longer vaccinated after 1 year of age unless your dogs titer comes back ZERO. Rabies must be given according to the law.
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
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!
FURTHER EDUCATION AND INFORMATION
SPAY & NEUTER INFO
Benefits & Risks of Spay/Neuter
Studies & Articles
Kavallerie Shepherds strongly advises you DO NOT spay females purchased from us until 15 months of age.
Kavallerie Shepherds does not recommend the neutering of any male dog purchased from us for human convenience. We recommend neutering for medical necessity only. If you feel you MUST neuter your male we recommend waiting until 15 months of age, minimum.
Kavallerie Shepherds screens potential buyers and the clients we choose are extremely dedicated and responsible dog owners. To date over 90% of our clients have NOT spayed or neutered their dog and 100% of them have NOT had accidental matings or litters. Training, human supervision & appropriate restraint is all that's needed.
WE DO believe the benefits of neutering/spaying outweigh the risks in shelter situations and where parties are not capable of being responsible.