Vaccinating Dogs: 10 Steps to Eliminating Unnecessary Shots

Written by Jan on April 22, 2009 – 9:11 am

Syringes with blood dropWhen vaccinating our dogs, most of us rely on our vets, trusting that their advice is up-to-date and not biased by economic or political concerns.  Unfortunately,  unless vets stay current on veterinary journal reading (no easy task) … and actually assimilate new findings … and decide to forgo significant vaccination income, their advice may lag well behind many years behind what experts now advocate.

Vaccination is a serious medical procedure with the potential for adversely affecting health, both in the short and long term. Experts now advise us to vaccinate each dog according to his or her individual needs.  But  how do you cut back without endangering your dog’s health?  Here are 10 ways to eliminate unnecessary shots while actually improving pet health.

1. Always consider locale, lifestyle, risk and vaccine effectiveness. Bordetella (kennel cough) is for dogs in poorly-ventilated close quarters (like kennels), not for pets sometimes playing with others. Leptospirosis is a disease of wetlands and woodlands, and the vaccine may not protect against the actual disease in your area. Lyme is only for dogs in areas with Lyme disease. Furthermore, each of these vaccines has dangerous side effects and their efficacy is questionable. Don’t give them without proven need and benefit.

2. Eliminate vaccines on the “not recommended” list of the American Hospital Association’s Canine Vaccine Task Force as well as most veterinary organizations and schools. These include Giardia and Coronavirus (found in many combination shots).

3. Say no! to combination shots. Combo shots (called names like DHLPPC) assault your dog’s immune system with five or seven vaccines at once. Given for (false) economy and convenience rather than health or safety, combination shots are linked to autoimmune disease and other major health problems. Also, they invariably contain unnecessary and even dangerous vaccines.

4. Stop vaccinating against diseases for which your dog may already have immunity. Blood serological studies show that parvovirus vaccines given to dogs over 15-16 weeks of age generally give at least 7 years of immunity, as does the Rockborn distemper strain. (The Onderstepoort strain gives 5 years.) Ask your vet which vaccine your dog received.

5. Don’t allow your vet, kennel owner or groomer to intimidate you into giving unnecessary shots. Suggest titer testing for parvovirus or distemper — or go elsewhere.  Require written proof from experts that your dog needs any shot. Your dog’s lifelong health  is at stake.

6. Test immunity; don’t automatically re-vaccinate. Titer tests (pronounced TIGHT er) are blood tests measuring antibodies to disease. Renowned pet vaccination expert Dr. Ron Schultz believes that titer tests yielding strong titers for parvovirus and distemper means not vaccinating against these diseases for years and maybe life. (Note: Don’t expect everyone to accept test results in lieu of vaccination. This subject is complicated, and most people are programmed to think of vaccination as “the gold standard.” Also, the absence of strong titers does not necessarily mean that a dog needs a “booster.”) Read my article on titer testing here at for details.

7. Never vaccinate sick dogs.  All vaccine labels state that they’re to be used in healthy animals.  Unfortunately, vaccine labels  don’t define “healthy” and most clients don’t know about this admonition.  As a result, sick pets, immune-compromised pets, pets undergoing chemo and surgery, and even dying housebound pets are vaccinated.  Any shots given to an unhealthy animal may well not provide immunity and will likely cause an adverse reaction, even death. Regarding the rabies vaccine: chronically ill or immune-compromised pets may be eligible for a rabies shot exemption for a specified period or even life.  Click the preceding link for more information. And watch for our upcoming post on this subject.

8. Don’t vaccinate puppies too early. Vaccinating pups who still have maternal immunity is unnecessary and ineffective. Most vets suggest waiting until at least 8 weeks of age.  Some experts suggest waiting until 3-4 months to vaccinate puppies, keeping pups away from public places and strange dogs until immunity is proven by strong titers.

9. Insist that your vet documents any adverse vaccine reactions in detail. Someday you may want to apply for rabies vaccine exemption.

10. Make copies of dog licenses and vet files and store them in a safe place. Clinics lose records, go out of business, leave town, etc. Without your dog’s records, you may have vaccinate sooner than necessary because of lost or missing records.

Ready to make a change?  Best case, find a vet concerned about over-vaccinating to advise you.  Educate yourself and go to the vet armed with information.  Most important: actually advocate for your dog; don’t just intend to advocate.  (If you have trouble keeping your resolve, watch my video Stand Up to Your Vet.) Learn more, and watch our video on vaccination, at my web page Vaccinating Dogs.

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149 Comments to “Vaccinating Dogs: 10 Steps to Eliminating Unnecessary Shots”

  1. Sydney Says:

    I have raised Havanese for 10 years and have vaccinated for Parvo only. I’ve never had a problem with any of my dogs or puppies.

  2. abc Says:

    Nice stuff

  3. Janice Says:

    On Apr 18/2011 we took our 3 dogs to the vet for their current updates on vaccines. We have one dog Floyd who was 11 and the other 2 will be 5 in Sept. Floyd had cut his foot and was taken to the vet for a infection which had travelled up his leg, at that time the vet also took a blood test and found that Floyd had auto immune disease and was given prednisone. The vet did say that the the vaccination could have caused the condition and they would not be vaccinating him again. His blood continued to climb and he seemed to be on the road to recovery. It was time to start the heart worm meds and I asked the vet if it was ok for him and she said it was.

    He was given the heartworm meds on June 4. He was taken back to the vet on June 8 as he jumped out of the truck and appeared to have hurt his hind leg and was given another blood test the results were his blood had declined back to where he started. They then prescribed azathioprine and I was told the prednisone had stopped working but to continue giving it. Azathioprine is used for transplants human patients to suppress the immune system. He was continuing to decline and on June 10 we took him back to the vet who prescribed Atopica to be added.

    My poor boy was so sick and having problems breathing as his blood levels were so low he wasn’t getting oxygen. He was suffocating. Floyd died on June 11th. He was euthanized by the same vet. I asked the vet why I was not informed that the vaccines could harm him or any other dog for that matter. The reply is that he was a rare case and the benefits outweigh the risk. Risk or profit. From the vaccination to his death we have spent ab out $1500 or maybe more. It is not the money it is the senseless loss of Floyd who was a healthy active border collie.

    I did find an interesting article which is written in laymen terms which describe why my boy died and every pet owner should read type “Science of vaccine damage” into your search engine. It is about ten pages long and I am forwarding it to everyone I know and asking that they forward it to everyone they know. Floyd will not die in vain. I am contacting animal rights groups asking they publish what can happen to your pet with vaccines. Governments have legislated that you must be informed on any harmful results a drug may have so why wasn’t I informed by my vet of what a vaccine could do. I should have been given that information by my vet who did know. You put your trust in these people to help your pet not harm them. It is time to put an end to the cash cow of vaccines for vets. The internet is a wonderful tool for spreading this information and I suggest that everyone use it. Tell everyone you know and tell them to tell everyone they know and maybe it will stop the senseless sickness and death of our pets. My buck stops here and I will not be vaccinating the other two ever again. They will be going to homeopathy vet from here on in.

  4. Jan Says:

    Janice, I’m so sorry for your loss.

    Catherine O’Driscoll, a renowned expert on vaccination and over-vaccination, wrote the excellent article you mentioned on how vaccines damage dog health. She is a friend and an overseas fellow advocate. You can find the article on my website at I have made a few notes in the margin to make it easier to reference. You might also refer people to It is written for people less familiar with the science.

  5. Janice Says:


    Thank you for your condolences. I would like to thank you for posting Catherine O’Driscoll report online and making it easier for all to read. I have read everyone of your posts and it makes me sick. I have personally delivered the report to my neighbours with dogs and to date we have now sent out out about 80 emails with the report attached and also your website. We have been asking that everyone they know be contacted and hopefully this email will not die. We have also stated we are not against immunization but to make it within reason. I have friends who are posting on facebook as well on blogs. While walking my other two dogs I will carry slips of paper with your website and ask other dog owners to check it out for the health of their dog. I have no shame only remorse that I did not know of this sooner. This information needs to get out and everyone needs to put some muscle into this. 39 percent of American homes have a dog and hopefully each household will have a friend who is willing to sign a petition and have the laws changed regarding vaccination. If this was a human issue the drugs would be recallled. Although I am not American, and | live in Canada the laws regarding vaccination are similar and we also have the same portion of dogs in households. This is not just a Canada/America problem it is worldwide. I am willing to walk the beaten path to collect signatures to amend this injustice.

  6. Jan Says:

    Janice, a number of us all over the world have been trying to make changes for years. Catherine and my Australian friend Elizabeth Hart are making headway in the UK and Australian, but too little. Vaccine companies have a lot to lose.

    Have you seen the page on my website about shots? There’s a short video and links to two relatively enlighted organization reports about over-vaccination. (See the bottom of the page.) They’re still too conservative, but they’re a start.

    Thanks for joining the fray. You might want to sign up for my free newsletter for updates. I’ll be writing a new issue soon.

  7. Ginny Dumansky Says:

    My vet is requiring my English Bulldog who is 2 years old get the dog flu vaccine in order to be boarded there for the holidays. I do not want to give her unnecessary vacines, does this vaccine cause side effects?

  8. Jan Says:

    Ginny, your Bulldog is especially susceptible to bronchial infections. Anytime she is in a group situation (like a kid in kindergarten), she has a chance to become ill. If she were my dog, I’d leave her with a friend or a petsitter. Often, it is not more expensive and may, depending on who you choose, be a lot safer. Also, have you checked out the accommodations? Often it’s just a cage. Are healthy dogs well segregated from ill dogs — especially where they play or go to pee? Does it look like a happy place for a dog?

    Here are two short articles about the flu shot. and You might also want to read the comments at the bottom of the first article. This is a new shot which, in my opinion, hasn’t be adequately tested.

    Is the vet insisting on any other shots? If your dog is an adult, they may be unnecessary. Read here:

  9. Lifelong Vaccine Immunity -- Why Vets Are Pushing Back | Truth4Dogs Says:

    […] against unnecessary vaccination. His life may depend on it! ***** Related links at Vaccinating Dogs: 10 Steps to Eliminating Unnecessary Shots Titer Test: Don’t Vaccinate Your Dog Unnecessarily What to Do When Your Dog Has a Vaccine […]

  10. Teresa G Says:

    Our puppy received her first 2 rounds of puppy shots on schedule before we bought her and then at 13 weeks a friend of ours who administers vaccines frequently was going to give her her 3rd round. When we got there he realized he only had feline shots on hand so our puppy only received the rabies that day. She is now 6 months old and never received her last dose? We need to take her in to be spayed and I know they are going to want to see her records. Is it too late to get her the last round? Will it even be effective now since we waited so long in between? Have we messed everything up or can we just pick up where we left off?

  11. Jan Says:

    Teresa, you can mess up a schedule for rabies, that is, not giving the second one 1 yr after the first, and then not giving them every three years. But you can’t mess up anything else. In fact, it’s better for your dog to be older.

    HOWEVER, UNLESS YOUR FRIEND WAS A VET, and filled out all the proper paper work, the shot does not fulfill the legal rabies requirement. This is a terrible mistake. Your dog will need another rabies vaccine by a vet. If this is the case, please write me again first. This can be very dangerous for your dog.

    How old was your dog when she had her last parvo/distemper shot? Please write and I’ll tell you how to proceed.

  12. Vaccinating Unhealthy Pets: Beware Reactions & Vaccine Failure | Dogs Naturally Magazine Says:

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  13. Lilly Says:

    I’m spending money I dont have on vet bills, he got his rabies shot 3 years ago, they are requesting I go get the next rabies booster shot, and his yearly DA2P-PV shot, bortadella nasal, heartworm, fecal flotation. It’s been around 1 year since my dog has been to numerous vets for a rash, always licking his paws, sores on his paws they bleed when I walk him, lumps on his body, and a terrible rash on his stomach, groins, and hind legs. I have been to 3 vets and received different meds. I was referred to the Animal Medical Center Dermatologist: I paid $500 I could not afford on Sat. Feb. 11, 2012. The Vet prescribed: Nortriptyline, pentoxifylline, fluconazole, Surolan(ear infection), and a $40 Shampoo w/benzoate peroxide. He said my dog has Atopy, a yeast infection on paws, and ear infection. I have spent over $2,000 looking for a cure. This all started about a year ago I can’t afford this anymore I live on a fixed income (SSI) I hate that I might have to euthanize my beautiful dog, I can’t AFFORD these doctor bills, the vet wants to see him in March (another $500) then again for a skin test, then give me injections so that I can give to my dog…this will cost me at least $1,000 I don’t have. Can you refer me to an organization that can help me pay these bills? Please help me I’m disabled he is my only companion he LOVES me so much he gets separation anxiety when I go out. I get sick to my stomach thinking I might have to give him up forever. Could it have been the Rabies shot together with all those shots they give him every year at the vet’s office? Please email me. Thank you very much.

  14. Jan Says:

    Lilly, you asked “Could it have been the Rabies shot together with all those shots they give him every year at the vet’s office?” Yes! And to even think of vaccinating a dog again when he has so many health problems is horrible! It’s also against drug label instructions. They say, “for healthy dogs only.”

    Yearly shots are a thing of the past. They’re only given to make money for vets.

    Here are some organizations that help with vet bills.

    But if I were you, I’d find a vet trained in homeopathy. This vet will know how to treat your dog, not just suppress symptom after symptom. Check out the referral lists at Or write me again, telling me where you live, and I’ll see if I know anyone who can help. I could also give you the name of vets who do phone consultations.

  15. Cathy Beasley Says:

    I don’t have a problem, but a fellow e-mailed me about losing his beloved 6.5 lb. black & rust 2 yr.old Min Pin DYING at the clinic. They gave him rabies AND parvo at the same time. Within 5 min. he was in trouble. He ended up dying at the clinic having seizures and he is beyond mad and upset and his 11 yr. old daughter is beyond grief! I sent him your info about what the vet “should/should not” have done. He wrote the board about this and “thinks” the vet should buy his little girl another dog. I told him I bet he won’t take the blame. He contacted me about getting another dog perhaps, but I just can’t believe that vets STILL insist on multiple shots on these small dogs!

  16. Jan Says:

    Cathy, your friend should definitely insist that the vet report the death to the USDA and the manufacturer. It’s the vet’s obligation, one they shirk most of the time.

    Get the dog’s records from the vet. Hopefully, the same drug company made the parvo and rabies shots. That will make it easier. Otherwise, he’ll have to go after the vet or two manufacturers. Have your friend read the last part of this article to find info on reporting. This is very important. Your friend should be reimbursed for the cost of the dogs, any training and vet care, although it may take some pushing.

    I’d also go to the media on this. A young adorable dog shouldn’t die after a vet visit. I’ll supply all the scientific studies your friend and the media will need.

    You are a good friend. Let me know if I can help further.

  17. Lisa Says:

    The vet did a titers test 5 days ago, said my yorkie still was ok for Parvo, but not Distemper. Of course they want me to vaccinate & the shot will have the 2, they can’t break them out. My dog is an indoor dog, doesn’t go to parks, neighborhood walks or hangs out w/ other dogs, he only plays & goes potty in our yard. What do you think are his risks of Distemper and can I do a preventive on it so I don’t have to vaccinate? I need to prove to my husband he doesn’t need those shots but can’t find proof. Please help.

    I currently use Natural Wonders Immune Bldr and the MaxoTox.

  18. Jan Says:

    Lisa, if it were my dog, I’d do a consult with Dr. Jean Dodds. She doesn’t charge much and can read the test for you. Some vets wouldn’t know an adequate titer if it were nipping at their heals!

    You could even redo the test at her lab, her prices are great, and she’ll read the test. I had a friend who did this when titers showed low and found that her dog had strong distemper titers on the second test.

    You didn’t say how old your dog is and at what age he got his last distemper shot. Write again and let me know. This can tell you a lot.

  19. Lisa Says:

    Hey Jan, thanks. He’s 7 yrs old and his last distemper was June 2010. I started researching after that….

  20. Jan Says:

    Lisa, the problem with titer testing is that it doesn’t show immunity later in life even when the dog is immune. If it were my dog, I’d presume immunity, otherwise why doesn’t he have distemper now? If he had even one vaccine after 15 weeks of age, he has a 95% chance of being immune. Also, distemper is mostly a puppy disease. And the older the dog, the more problematic vaccines can be. Read this short study abstract:

    Of course, the decision is up to you. If you can afford it, contact Dr. Dodds.

  21. Michele Martinez Says:

    Please heed the advice in this article. Had I had a clue about this, it may have saved my beloveds life. He recently had his vaccinations and it caused an immune disease that destroyed his red blood cells and he was bleeding to death so I had to put him down. It was the most difficult experience I have ever had. Please take the time to discuss your loved ones situation with your vet and determine if and what is really necessary. Max would not have wanted his passing to be in vain.

  22. sylvia unger-torelli Says:

    I just got a new puppy, that was with her dog parents, and owners who bred her, until she was 3 1/2 months old, so I know that she has natural immunity, just like babies that breastfeeding. I know that we msut give her the rabbies vaccine that is all that is required by law. The vet gave her a first check up, for her vital signs, and organs, and to check if she was healthy. She also got her worming, pills, monthly, becuase we saw a few of them in her stool, but now at least are gone. We keep her indoors, but she gets to go outside for exercise, and to poop, but will be trained to poop in her box, and also wears puppy diapers, indoors, for prevention of accidents. She seems to be doing good, and has gotten used tothem, doesnt mind at all, and also we will have to give her the tick and flea shampoos, in the summertime. She loves to play and has stopped alot of the unecessary barking, she used to do, when we first got her, it was due to seperation anxiety, from the litter. Now she loves the new home, and routine, and has gotten used to the new nightime routine as well, when lights are out, she stays quiet most of the night, except when she is restless, and wakes up too early. Just like a little newborn baby does. Ihave also adapted to her puppy routines, and can pamper her a little bit, when she always starts to whine. But we love her so much, and she loves us too! I will have to clean her teeth, to prevent decay, and hope she will have a long and happy life with us, and stay healthy! sylvia

  23. sylvia unger-torelli Says:

    I also dont know if we wanted to have our puppy spayed yet, she is still too young, to decide on that, but I dont know what will happen when she goes in heat? I have never had a female dog before. She is so cute that maybe she could have a ltitle of puppies, but then, I will have to find a male dog to mate her with, when she gets in heat. I will try to ask someone, about it, whenever we take her out for a walk, we may find someone with a dog, perfect to mate her with, like a male small poodle, or mixed poodle, in a cream or white colr(she is mostly black, wavy haired, with a touch of silver/grey), very cute!

  24. Jan Says:

    Sylvia, only experts should ever breed. There are too many dogs bred solely because they are cute without considering genetic defects. Also, breeding her will increase the chance of her developing cancer. It is dangerous and expensive. And you will be adding to a world full of dogs who already need homes. Please, please don’t do it.

    Spay her when her bone growth plates are fully mature. As a vet when it is.

  25. Linda Says:

    I cringe at the thought of not vaccinating puppies until they are 4 months old. Parvo is a disease the vaccinations help prevent. It can kill puppies within 48 hours of symptoms and it is a very painful death. Pavro is a very strong virus and can live for two years in the environment. This means you can bring it home on your shoes after going to the pet store, and transmit it to your dog. Some breeds are more prone to get Parvo and do not respond to treatment as easily. Some of these breeds are Pit bulls, Rotties, Dobermans and a few others. Please vaccinate your puppies!!

  26. Jan Says:

    Linda, you’re right about parvo. It’s everywhere. No one here suggests not vaccinating, but rather, you should give the last shot at 15 to 16 weeks. If a titer test shows immunity, your pet is likely good for life according to top researchers. Read more at

  27. Russell Jones Says:

    Hi— just found your site- any direction would be greatly appreciated…
    Rev 2013
    January 16th to the Vet for his Canine Rabies Vaccination plus he was given the following as well-
    Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo Vaccination and the
    Bordatella Vaccination and the
    Lymes Vaccination.
    Dr. Paul weighed and checked him and he seemed in great health for an 8 year old 104 lb American Bulldog.
    Rev is usually a ravenous eater but he seemed to slow down after the shots. And he has had times where he would vomit periodically– which is not his norm.
    February 8th we bought a new flavor of dog food made by the same company we have been using for a few years A Taste of the Wild Southwest Canyon Formula with Wild Boar.
    Again Rev usually attacks his meal but he seemed to be ‘not himself’ when it came to eating. There was even a night where he left his food overnight- which never happens.
    Since we live ‘in the woods’, Rev has periodically taken off for a while and could have gotten into something.
    He would have times when he would drink a lot of water but it was not an everyday thing.
    His energy levels seemed a bit down even when we went on long walks but we attributed that to being inside a lot during the long winter.
    On February 28th a delivery man came to the house and we invited him in to wait get paid. He was a young man with a baseball cap on. Rev checked him out and we told him everything was okay. He sat across from my wife at the kitchen table and was petting Rev as we spoke. He was making a chicken delivery and told us about the young pit bull he had.
    I was making some breakfast when we heard a growl and the young man jumped back. Rev had nipped him on his left cheek and it drew a little blood.
    I yelled at the dog and took him outside. He seemed confused about why he was in trouble. We treated the injury and tried to figure out why Rev had nipped him—the hat, the smell of chicken, the smell of the guys dog?
    I actually call him Rev the Therapy Dog. People come to the house all the time to get treated for injuries and Rev is sometimes overly friendly to everyone. He thinks he’s a lap dog even at his size and loves to get petted or do tricks for our guests.
    My wife and I were very concerned about what happened. A few hours later an old friend of the family came to pick up her chicken. She’s a woman in her 70s and was coming in the basement door. She has been to the house many times. Out of nowhere Rev jumped up and nipped at her face hitting her in the mouth. The woman quickly pulled back behind the door. Thankfully no skin was broken.
    What has gotten into our friendly dog? He never looks happy anymore.
    I called our veterinarian friend at home and have talked to our old neighbor in Florida who has been a dog breeder for over 50 years.
    I called the place where we buy our pet food—they know and love Rev also. I called the company that makes the dog food in Missouri and spoke to their resident veterinarian.
    The suggestions are as follows-
    Take Rev off the dog food immediately which we did. We are feeding him a different brand along with organic yogurt the past few days.
    Closely monitor where he goes outside to be sure he’s not getting into something that could make him sick- an old carcass or poison?
    Have him Temperament tested. Maybe this would be better done after any possible health/medical issues are eliminated?
    Take him to the vet to be checked—blood work check or maybe a tumor?
    Thoroughly follow up on seeing if he reacted negatively to any of the vaccines he received- could they have been tainted?
    In the meantime, we are keeping him totally isolated from people- which is quite sad- since he has brought joy to so many over the years. I just checked and we have a picture of my 6 year old granddaughter taking Rev for a walk on leash on January 6th. She’s 40 lbs and he’s walking down the street with her like a perfect gentleman.

  28. Jan Says:

    Russell, after all those unnecessary shots, it’s a wonder your dog is still alive. My advice is: fire that vet! Please read this article about what shots your dog needed: The quick answer is that likely only the legally-required rabies.

    I’m going to copy a response I wrote to another reader yesterday whose dog had trouble walking after a rabies vaccine. Symptoms of vaccinosis, vaccine-induced disease, can resemble the disease the vaccine was meant to prevent. A symptom of rabies is aggression.

    Your vet should have recognized this as vaccine-induced illness. Read this:

    Please do two things. 1. Report the reaction to the vaccine maker immediately:
    2. Make sure the reaction is recorded in your dog’s file and get a copy of the file.
    3. Contact a vet trained in homeopathy who will likely understand how to help get the dog you love back. Here’s a list: In particular, you might try Dr. Loops or Dr. Chambreau. They can treat your dog by phone. Or check the referral list to find someone near you. You’re going to need a new vet in any event.

    I doubt if the aggression will go away on it’s own and your dog is in danger of really hurting someone and also being in trouble with animal control. Dogs that bite too often end up put down.

    Perhaps you would allow me to put your story on my nonprofit all-vaccination website. It could really help others.

    If you need more help, write again. Good luck.

  29. Russell Jones Says:

    Thank you so much for your response. I will definitely follow up on the suggestions.
    You are more than welcome to use Rev’s story which we are trusting will have a happy ending… bye4now…

  30. Ann Says:

    I’m a first time owner of a lovely Pom. I never had any pets before. My Pom is now 7 months old and my vet is suggesting different kinds of vaccines. I do not know if all of them are necessary or maybe the vet just want me to pay her a big fat bill. I so i tried to research and came across your site. Great info! thanks for this.
    Some say Rabies vaccine can be dangerous,
    My dog was just had his Rabies vaccine and I was advised by my vet to do another shot after 6 mos and then will be yearly after that.. Is that safe? I do not want my dog to be over-vaccinated and can potentially be ill. what’s your thoughts on this? Thanks
    Looking forward to your response.

  31. Jan Says:

    Ann, I’m so glad you posted at Truth4Dogs. You need a new vet!

    Dogs get a second rabies vaccine one year after their first, then every 3 years after that in every state and almost every locality. Check out your state law at Then check in your city/county to see if they differ from the state law. Few do. And yes, this vaccine can be dangerous. So can others.

    Please read before you even think of vaccinating again. And watch the videos. At seven months, it’s unlikely your dog needs more vaccines except the legally required rabies. But read and watch. Be an expert on your dog’s health.

    Also check out

  32. Ann Says:

    Thanks Jan for replying. If not for this site I wouldn’t know that I am about to endanger our baby. We love our Dave(pet’s name), he brings so much joy to us. I’m married but no kids yet. More than just a pet Dave is like a baby to us. He’s part of our family, and we always want him to be safe and protected. I want to educate myself on dog care (vaccinations,etc). Glad I stumbled upon your site. I subscribed already, excited to read more of your interesting blogs.
    by the way, I am from the Philippines :-)

  33. Jan Says:

    Ann, I’m glad I can help. Did I tell you about Lots of vaccine information there.

  34. Ann Says:

    Thank you for all the links! I will definitely check them all.
    About heartworming vaccine, my vet also suggested to have that shot for Dave. Was advised by my vet to have it a week after his Rabies shot. I think I read somewhere in your site not to have another vaccines at least 4 weeks after rabies.

  35. Jan Says:

    Ann, nothing could make me give my dog Proheart. Google it. It was withdraw because of deaths then returned to the market with warnings. Please read — a 2 part article. Also the two articles on Proheart. Click the INDEX tab to find them.

    Also, separate any vaccines by 2-3 weeks, not one.

    Get a new vet!

  36. Ann Says:

    thank you thank you so much! BIG BIG help for me. I will definitely get a new vet! Thanks again Jan and more power!

  37. Diana Crawford Says:

    To Lilly, #113:
    “Real food is Nature’s supreme disease preventative,” as Catherine O’Driscoll says for her worldwide organization “Canine Health Concern,” & in her article at: . Also minimizing vaccines. She doesn’t vaccinate her dogs at all. She campaigns for dog health, writes books about it, & teaches dog health classes.
    Read on dinovite dot com about meaty food & species-appropriate vitamins, omega 3, flora, enzymes, etc. Probably, those will make your dog much better. ~ Diana

  38. Florida doggy mom Says:

    My 8 pound Chihuahua, rescued dog, aprox. 2 1/2 to 3 year old, had the following shots last year: 11/7/12
    DHPPVCV( parvo/corona/distemper/ hep.) & a rabies shot.
    The vet told me after giving the shot that it was for 3 years.

    I’ve just received a reminder card saving he is due for a parvo/corona vacc. I called the office for clarification. They told me that the rabies was the 3 year shot.
    and, that the doctor gives 6 months booster shots because of being in the tropics(Florida)., that that’s the way the doctor does it because of
    what is written on the directions from the manufacture and because of , for example, there being parvo in the soil.

    I have never heard of 6 months boosters.

    When my dog had those shots on 11/7/12, he had a reaction, lethargic, and not his self for 3 days. At that time, I called the vet & took him in. He gave him a benadryl shot. If I would have know that he was going to do all that and not give him a benadryl shot before the others, I would have insisted.

    Rather, the vet gave the shots then said, ” this is good for 3 years”.

    What do you know about having 6 months boosters? and being in Florida?

    I would appreciate your taking the time to reply as I do not want to over vaccinate my dog.

    Thanking you in advance.

  39. Jan Says:

    Florida doggy mom, do not under any circumstance go back to that vet. In my opinion, that vet is greedy or stupid or uninformed — or all three! Frankly, I’m surprised your dog is still alive. There’s no such thing as a 6 mo. booster — you’re right. Check out the law here:

    DHPPVCV( parvo/corona/distemper/ hep.) & a rabies shot: wasn’t your dog vaccinated in rescue? If not, the parvo and distemper were necessary, probably. If not, your dog should have been given a titer test for parvo/distemper and a rabies shot, several weeks apart. No one even gives coronavirus anymore; every vet organization advises against it!

    Each additional vaccine given at once increases the chance of a reaction by 24% Your dog got 6. I hate your vet.

    Please also read this: and

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  41. sassyk Says:


    My dads tea cup yorkie had puppies, and when he went to the vet store they told him tp give his dogs shots at 3,6,8, and 12. They sold him the shots and he gave them to his puppies. When he sold them he gave everyone copies of the shots. One lady called and said her vet said that was not good idea. I was with my father when he called the vet store, and they said same 3,6,8, and 12. My father told the lady what the vet said and she told him to hold on. Then got back on the phone and said its 6,8,12 weeks. However, he has already given the shots they gave him up to 8 weeks. Will this effect the dogs, and should he not give the 12 week bc of it? One dog hasnt been wanting to really walk do you think the shot caused it?

  42. Jan Says:

    Sassyk, vaccinating at 3 weeks is terrible. So is six. I don’t mean to be rude, but this why only experts should allow their dogs to have pups. And they shouldn’t take advice from people who make money selling more vaccines.

    None of the advice your dad got is correct. Here’s what should have happened:

    The most important shot is at 12 weeks. Even another at 15 or 16 weeks. The early shots were given when the pups still had immunity from their mom, and that immunity blocked the vaccine. Quite frankly, I’m surprised this tiny pups are alive.

    These pups are likely to have lifetime health problems. You didn’t say what vaccines were given but I’ll but they were 5-way or 7-way vaccines which are extremely dangerous. Each vaccine given increases the chance of a reaction by 24%, especially in tiny breeds. Read this: If these pups are to have a chance at any health, they will expert vet care from a vet specializing in vaccine damage. There are referral lists at Some will consult by phone.

    Please, tell your dad to stop breeding this poor dog.

  43. Emily Hayes Says:

    I have an 8 year old puggle, who, last year received the lepto and dtap vaccines and suffered a major allergic reaction. My vet went to vaccinate today with just the lepto and when I said I was very concerned due to his reaction last time, she suggested giving him some benedryl and a steroid before administering the vaccine. I declined the vaccine for now as I am really scared that my pup might have an even more severe reaction. That said, I do have an 11 month old baby in the house and since lepto can be passed to humans I am nervous to not vaccinate the dog. I am torn and looking for a straight answer about how long the lepto vaccine lasts…he’s had it every year. Are there studies out there that can validate that the lepto vaccine is only good for a year? In the northeast, is lepto a common disease found in dogs?

  44. Jan Says:

    Emily, I’m so glad you trusted your gut re the Lepto vaccine. I am not a vet, but short of an epidemic and proof that the vaccine protected against your local strains, I would not vaccinate. Here is a retired vet’s article about lepto; he is dedicated to the truth.

    Re the other vaccines, dtap (? or dhap or dhpp) they are for puppies, not adults. Please read this: And find a vet more dedicated to health and current information than giving unnecessary vaccines. If she wants to give another shot, make her guarantee there won’t be a reaction and that if there is one, she will treat it for free.

    Re how long Lepto lasts, most studies say less than a year. Some won’t protect at all. I wonder who has scared you about Lepto and the danger to humans. Lepto is a disease of wetlands and woodlands for dogs spending time outside in these areas. Do you know local people who have had this problem? Let facts, not fear, guide you. You are on the right track.

  45. Lindsay Says:

    Hi Jan,
    I adopted a 2 year old half labrador half german shepherd and I only know he has received the bordatella and DTAPP and I have no knowlege of his medical history. I was wondering along with the rabies vaccine what shots does he absolutely need? I don’t want to overvaccinate him. Thank you.


  46. Sveta Says:

    Jan. I’m in a panic my pup went to the vet today to get a check up before she gets spade. She was given her rabies shot again! When she had already gotten it about 1.5 months back. I am beyond scared right now, they said they missed it in her file.

    What should I be looking out for? She is only six months.

  47. Jan Says:

    Sveta, what you should be looking for is a new vet! Yours is horribly incompetent. This should never happen.

    Do not let her go into surgery for at least two weeks. This is very important. And I would find another vet!

    Here are some articles to read:

    RE symptoms to watch for, there are many. Please write again if you notice anything out of the ordinary. I can almost promise you that your vet will tell you anything that happens will have nothing to do with the two shots. This is not true.

    If I were you, I’d talk with a vet trained in homeopathy to help with the over-vaccination.

    Good luck.

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  49. Chad Wiley Says:

    Wow it is amazing to see how many vaccines are not needed. Why I do believe in vaccines I do see your point on the unnecessary amount of extra vaccines that many vets try to force on your puppy. Thanks for the break down it was very helpful.

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