Having dogs may be the best choice many people made. And of course, as a dog owner, sometimes your dog’s health is number one priority. One of the ways is by giving vaccines for the dog. Maybe many people are familiar with terms Core and Non-Core in terms with vaccines for the dog. But many people also have no idea what they are actually mean. Another question is about the frequency. Some people may wonder how often they should give the vaccines or what kind of vaccine that needs to be done first.
When you want to find the answer yourself, you can be misleading to receive the information since many sources are not reliable. Even many vets give wrong information just to keep you go to them for vaccinating your dog many times. For your information, 60-65% vets give vaccine more than dogs need than the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association). The giving of the vaccines done by vets today is way too often.
The differences between core and non-core
If you heard about core vaccine, it is probably recommended the vaccine for your dog especially when it still becomes a puppy. Core vaccine is vital for the dog since it protects your dog from distemper, rabies parvovirus, and Canine Hepatitis or adenovirus.
Meanwhile, a non-core vaccine has so many varieties. They are including Lyme Disease, Canine Influenza, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza and Adenovirus Intranasal and Bordetella. For Lyme, Bordetella and Leptospirosis are for protecting dogs from bacteria. These kinds of vaccines can give low rates of efficacy and also side effects and reactions. It means they can’t be given to dogs very often. Vets should consider many risks before doing this vaccine to the dog whether it will help dog against diseases or not.
The duration of how long vaccines can last
Based on the reliable study, core vaccines can last from 7 to 15 years. It depends on what kind of core vaccines your dog has. If you already gave vaccines to your dog when he was 15 weeks or older, the vaccines may last forever. It means your dog doesn’t need to be vaccinated again.
Meanwhile, for a non-core vaccine, the duration of how long it can last may vary. There is no exact conclusion about this. You have to consider a lot of risks and reasons before you give non-core vaccines especially Lyme Disease, Bordetella and Leptospirosis.
The effects when you over vaccinate
It isn’t new issue that over vaccinating your dog can be dangerous or harmful. It is because each vaccine has its own different reaction to your dog. It can be only mild reaction like soreness to severe reaction including shock and even death. The vaccine itself can also make your dog have the disease that the vaccines should protect him from. Giving more vaccines doesn’t mean that your dog will more have an immune system. It can be dangerous for your dog since the ingredients are also harmful.
Inside the vaccine
If you want to know about what ingredients are, you must know that vaccines contain toxic ingredients. It will be very risky to your dog especially when he has low immune system. These common toxic ingredients are gentamicin and thimerosal. Gentamicin is actually an antibiotic that has the function to prevent bacteria go inside your dog’s body. Before he gets the vaccine, he must have this kind of antibiotic whether you agree or not. And for thimerosal is actually mercury. It can also be a preservative. Most vaccines today still have this ingredient even though some people claim that their vaccines are thimerosal free.
That’s why you have to be more selective in choosing vet to get your dog vaccinated. You can ask many questions about advantage and disadvantage before you decide to give vaccine your dog.
When you go to a vet, make sure that the core vaccines are needed with the right dose. Dr. Schultz said that the younger your dog has core vaccines, the longer duration the vaccines last. It even protects your dog forever. And usually, vets will recommend Lyme, Leptospirosis and Bordetella vaccine for non-core vaccines. They are very recommended especially if you live in high tick area. But, before you decide to give this vaccine, make sure you understand the risk since many studies show that they have high risks and they don’t even work well.
Giving vaccines may easy since you care about your dog’s health. But it turns out that giving vaccine also risky for your beloved pet. You must realize that the ingredients in the vaccine can be also dangerous for dog’s health. Just because you want to prevent your dog from any disease, you don’t have to over vaccinate him especially when the vaccine is actually not necessary at all. Consult what vaccine is best for your dogs to the best vet you can find. Vaccines for the dog maybe can protect him but on the other hand, it can also give him painful reaction if you don’t have any knowledge about what vaccine is necessary for him.