Rabies Vaccination for Dogs – AB 272
Why is there such a concern about giving the vaccines at three months versus four months?
This information was taken from an interview of Dr. Dodds by Dr. Karen Becker. Dr. Dodds said that she is against moving the vaccines from four months to three months because
The purpose of vaccine is to stimulate the immune system so the immune system will produce antibodies. Because a young puppy is going through a multitude of physical and psychological changes at this time (leaving his litter, going to a new home, interacting with new people and new animals, getting new food), this burdens and suppresses his immune system.
Twelve weeks critical age for socialization of puppies when they are introduced to the sights, sounds, and places they will be encountering during the rest of their lives. The socialization process is stressful but necessary.
They are already getting combo puppy vaccines which can neutralize any existing antibody directed specifically against that same antigen for two reasons – their immune system is not yet developed yet because of the passive immunity from their mother and because they are trying to develop antibodies for several diseases at once, which actually leaves the puppy vulnerable.
There is no vaccination requirement for cats, and cats contract rabies more than dogs. And only 40% of the dogs in California get any vaccines, period. Since no dog has gotten rabies in several years, it seems like the current law is effective.
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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