Stand Up to Your Veterinarian: For Your Dog’s Sake

Written by Jan on June 28, 2008 – 12:51 pm

Too often, veterinary practice lags years (even decades) behind veterinary science and even American Veterinary Medical Association recommendations. If you’re reading a lot about dog care, you, not your vet, may have more current knowledge about vaccination, nutrition and other aspects of care. But how do you get your vet to listen to your ideas? Standing up to authority can be scary.

Maybe you want to stop vaccinating your adult dog with unnecessary puppy shots, but realize your vet isn’t really “up to date on his shots.” Or maybe your vet won’t listen to your views on natural foods or safer flea and heartworm remedies. He or she may even have a financial stake in being right and your being wrong. I’ll try to help you bridge the communications gap with my new video “Standing Up to Your Veterinarian.” Please take a look and tell me what you think.

To learn more about finding and dealing with a veterinarian, and to watch our other video “Avoiding Dangerous Veterinarians,” go to I hope you’ll subscribe to this blog first to get instant notification of our upcoming videos and posts. Please, tell your friends to join us, too! We have lots of videos in the works on subjects like dog food and vaccination!

Encouraging everyone to advocate their dog,

Jan Rasmusen

Tags: dog, find a vet, food, Vaccination, vet, veterinarian
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6 Comments to “Stand Up to Your Veterinarian: For Your Dog’s Sake”

  1. Sylvia Dickens Says:

    It is difficult when vets have all that training and experience behind them. They can’t know everything, I’m sure. In fact, much of what they know about dog food comes from the dog food reps. who are more interested in pushing their product than about your dog’s health. Thanks for the insightful information.

  2. Carolyn Says:

    Great video, Jan. I am ashamed to say that I made many of the mistakes you point out when I took my dog in for her 3-yr vaccs two years ago… I let myself be talked into getting the full package even after I asked about titer tests. Maggie developed a scary lump on her chest that luckily resolved after 6 mos. I won’t be so timid next time. Thanks for all you do!

  3. karen munno Says:

    Please help. I’m trying to follow the protocol my breeder has given me for my puppy Golden Retriever. She wants us to vaccinate our puppy at 6 weeks, 9 weeks and 12 weeks, but my vet wants to do it until 16 weeks. I can not seem to find a vet on Long Island New York who will do it this way. The puppy is due for her next set of shots next week. I don’t want to compromise her immunity systerm with too many vaccines.

    Thank you,

    Karen Munno

  4. Jan Says:

    Karen, your breeder is not well versed in immunology. 6 weeks is too early. Maternal immunity would surely interfere. The last shot should be given at 15-16 weeks (according to Drs. Dodds and Schultz — see their credentials at About 3-4 weeks after the last shot, give a titer test for parvo and distemper — the shots your dog needs. If the titer shows immunity, these experts say you’re done with vaccinating. Read more of my articles at for more details.

    Dr. Dodds has her protocol at Experts say you can omit the shot a year later if you did the titer testing.

    If your vet gives lepto and coronavirus with the parvo and distemper, find another vet. Read about Bordetella at the bottom of Read about lepto and coronavirus at

    I hope this helps. (Note: I’m not a vet. Find a holistic vet at )

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