Maltese lovers, speaking for lovers of all tiny dogs, have asked nationally-renowned veterinarians W. Jean Dodds and Richard Palmquist, and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association Foundation, to study the results of giving 1/2 mL vaccine doses of parvovirus and distemper to toy dogs. Many veterinarians report having safely given toys small doses for years but the efficacy of small doses hasn’t been formally proven. Manufacturer’s test full dose vaccines only, generally on Beagles. We hope you’ll help us protect tiny dogs with a donation to help fund the study and will spread the word far and wide.
Who exactly requested the study? “Maltese owners who have grown to know each other on the Spoiled Maltese forum, who came together as a group to request this study out of growing concern of adverse reactions and auto immune related issues believed to be caused by over vaccination.”
Over the years, devoted toy breed dog owners have wondered why our tiny balls of fluff receive the same dose of vaccine as large breeds. It doesn’t seem to make sense that a five pound Maltese or Yorkie should receive the same size vaccination as a 120 + pound Great Dane! And we wondered if this is why we tend to see more adverse reactions in toy breeds, as well as autoimmune issues. We don’t know, and the veterinary field isn’t clear on this either. We hold our breaths every time we have to have one of our pups vaccinated. Vaccinations protect against illness, and are an important issue in veterinary care. But we need to learn more about their proper use. We want our Maltese protected, but we don’t want to cause harm by giving a vaccine that is simply too much for their diminutive size.
So as a group we asked the AHVMA Foundation, whose mission it is to support research and education in integrative and holistic medicine, what it would take to study the efficacy of body-mass based vaccinations; specifically, giving reduced vaccine strengths to toy breed dogs. Dr. Jean Dodds has agreed to conduct a small pilot study to explore this idea. The pilot is estimated to cost $5500 and is the first step in determining whether we can lessen the severity and frequency of adverse reactions to vaccinations in our tiny pups by reducing the actual vaccine itself.
In this research, Dr. Dodds will study whether a smaller dose of vaccine can still provide immunity in puppies of breeds that are 10 pounds or less in size at adulthood.. Read more about this report. Read the Small breed small dose grant application Summary. To read about some of the problems our precious pups have experienced that we believe are a result of over-vaccination, click here or visit http://spoiledmaltese.com/forum/137-vaccination-stories/
To donate on-line, scroll to page bottom at http://www.ahvmf.org/index.php/we-need-your-help
To download a donation form and pay by check or money order (or by credit card offline, including Discover and American Express), click here.