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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

You’ve probably heard some of the vaccine controversy. Autoimmune diseases, cancers, skin reactions, arthritis…many cases have been linked to what is now called “over-vaccination.” How often does it happen? Researchers estimate that 1 in every 3000-5000 animals who receives a vaccine will develop some kind of adverse reaction. Veterinarians are diagnosing more immune-related problems in older pets. We also are starting to suspect more & more that many of our health problems may be from stresses on the immune system from excessive vaccines. On the other hand, lack of vaccination spreads disease, and can be deadly for your pet.

Ultimately, the choice is yours. As your advocate in pet health, Dogwood Pet Hospital will continue to follow all pertinent research findings, and adjust our recommendations accordingly.

We begin with the recommended protocols from the American Academy of Feline Practitioners (AAFP), the American Animal Hospital (AAHA) Canine Vaccination Task Force, and the recommendations of every veterinary school in the country. Then we tailor your pet’s vaccinations to balance exposure risks with stress on the immune system.

Yearly recommendations


Physical examination

Fecal exam for parasites

FeLV vaccine (if at risk)

Distemper-Respiratory vaccine (every 3 years

after the first 2)

PureVax Rabies vaccine*

*safest rabies vaccine available


Physical examination

Fecal exam for parasites

Distemper/Parvo vaccine

(every 3 years after the first 2)

Lepto vaccine (if at risk)

Bordetella vaccine (if at risk)

Rabies vaccine

(every 3 years after the first 2)

Some holistic veterinarians recommend homeopathic nosodes to protect your pet against infectious diseases. We have not been able to find data to support their effectiveness, so do not feel comfortable relying on these to protect your pet.

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