Area Vets Endorse Three-Year Vaccines

posted January 15th, 2008 by
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Current concerns about the possible over-vaccination of dogs and cats during their lifetimes, and what problems, if any, there could be with over-vaccinating, have led to the development of a three-year vaccine for rabies, distemper, hepatitis, and parovirus for dogs, and a three-year vaccine for the herpes virus, calicivirus, panleukopenia, and rabies for cats.   

TulsaPets Magazine wanted to find out more about a three-year vaccine, and queried three local veterinarians for their opinions, including Dr. Chris Adolph, South Park Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Mark Setser, All Creatures/Village Vet Animal Hospitals, and Dr. Rodney Robards, Southern Hills Veterinary Hospital.

Dr. Adolph:  “For dogs, it is beneficial due to the fact that we are providing the same level of protection with less immune system stimulation over their life time.  Same for cats, but it is beneficial to give cats less injections due to the injection sarcoma issue.”   Dr. Setser: “A big plus with the new vaccine is the fact that your pet receives fewer vaccinations over his/her lifetime.  The antigens (proteins) included in vaccines stimulate the body to develop resistance to infectious agents.

By using the three-year vaccine, the body is challenged less often by these antigens, which minimizes the total risk for vaccine reactions, and also minimizes the number of injections over a pet’s lifetime.” Dr. Robards: “We vaccinate our pets more than we vaccinate our children.”

Because the 3-year vaccines do not cover all diseases, some vaccinations are still recommended annually for cats and dogs.  Additionally, veterinarians recommend annual or semi-annual exams for pets.

In general, the three year vaccines cost about twice as much as a one-year, so averaged over three years, the total cost is less than these annual vaccinations.

Dr. Setser notes that the FDA has extensively tested the new vaccine. “It’s been challenge-tested…” Dr. Robards adds that research indicates the 3-year dosage “is probably more effective than annual vaccinations.”

Contact your vet for more details on the three-year vaccine.

Story by Marilyn King

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