Rabies Vaccination for Dogs – AB 272
How do we know how long a vaccination lasts in the body before we need to revaccinate?
You would need to vaccinate your dog and then test it by using titers at specified intervals to see whether the antibodies are still present and whether the animal will come down with the disease. This is called a Duration of Immunity study, which are expensive for the drug companies, so there are very few of these studies.
The Rabies Challenge Fund http://www.rabieschallengefund.org/ is an independent testing organization who is running one of these studies regarding testing the rabies vaccine. The co trustees of The Rabies Challenge Fund are Dr. Jean Dodds and Kris Christine. Dr. Ronald Schultz is the researcher and principal investigator for the Fund.
What is the puppy Vaccination schedule?
From Dr. Dodds: The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not be interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice.
- 9 – 10 weeks, 14 weeks, 16 -18 weeks (optional) Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Intervet Progard Puppy DPV)
- 20 weeks or older, if allowable by law – Rabies
- 1 year – Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV
- 1 year – Rabies, killed 3-year product (give 3-4 weeks apart from distemper/parvovirus booster)
Please note – only the links are given below because of the length of the guidelines.
Vaccine recommendations from Dr. Schultz
Canine Vaccination Guidelines from UC Davis
Disclaimers – this is a *very* long article (almost 17,000 words) which I have loosely broken up into segments. This is the unedited final draft of the article in its entirety that I wrote in 2013 for a website that is no longer in existence. Not only is the final article no longer available, but I have had computer and Internet issues where some data may have been lost. I have spent several hours trying to piece it together and reformatting.
The article does not reflect current research as of 2018. However, a good portion of the discussion is still applicable. If there is something that you believe was not true in 2013 or if I have made a mistake in reformatting, please let me know and I will do my best to fix it.
The reason it is posted here is because I was hosting a discussion on DogRead DogRead@yahoogroups.com about my book Doggie Dangers ( Kindle http://tinyurl.com/y8uc4gtc Paperback http://tinyurl.com/y7vhce9t ), and the subject of rabies vaccines came up when we were talking about wildlife concerns for family dogs. We were discussing how to keep the yard safe from wildlife, but one person mentioned she had a bat fly into her house! Some of the participants requested that I post the article since it is no longer published.
And the final disclaimer – I am a dog trainer, not a veterinarian or medical researcher. Therefore, this article is for information only and not a substitute for any veterinary, medical, or other advice.
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