The results of the pilot study concerning the use of half doses for vaccinating small dogs, conducted by Jean Dodds, DVM, and supported by the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation, has been published. The results are exciting for those of us with small breed dogs.
In short, Dr. Dodds is proving what she and many holistic veterinarians have known all along: Small breed dogs, that is, dogs under 12 pounds, receive the full results of vaccination with just a half dose of parvovirus and distemper vaccines. This is shown by vaccine titer (blood antibody) testing. (Read Titer Testing: A Crash Course on my all-vaccination website for more information.)
To quote Dr. Dodds: “As the presence of measurable canine distemper and parvovirus serum antibody titers reflect immunity to these viruses, and given that vaccines are known to cause adverse events, especially in smaller dogs, results of this study confirmed that receiving a half-dose of canine distemper/parvovirus vaccine was efficacious for this study cohort. Further investigations could address a larger number of smaller canines.”
This finding was made only for the important canine viruses: distemper and parvovirus. Unfortunately, it is not legal to administer a half dose of the rabies vaccine.
Important: Dr. Dodds and world-renowned researcher Dr. Ron Schultz have long disagreed about the need to vaccinate with the hepatitis vaccine (the “H” in DHPP vaccines). Dr. Dodds wrote on her blog that she does “not recommend the adenovirus-2 vaccine for hepatitis because until just recently in some dogs from one litter, there have been no documented clinical cases of infectious canine hepatitis in North America for at least 15 years.”
Please tell your veterinarian about these important findings. I’ll be writing more soon on new vaccination guidelines.