Posted : 10/12/2008 8:43:32 AM
Vet is highly recommended for all the initial puppy vaccines.
And also, not every vet is going to think alike.
When we got our last dog at 4mnths old, the rescue we purchased him from said he needed 2 more rounds of puppy vaccines, but gave me info of the ones he already had.
When I took him to my already established Vet, he thought he'd been over vaccinated for his young age, and highly recommended NOT to vaccinate him further. At least until he was 18mnths old.
Just a week ago, he had his first annual adult vaccines at 18mnths old. After this, he will get Rabies once every 3yrs and I will do titers for the other viruses. I do not believe a dog needs yearly vaccines, most vets around here are going for every 3yrs for parvo, distemper, etc. but I think that may be too much too.
Rabies is a requirement, puppy vaccines are very highly recommended, but after their first yearly adult vaccines, I highly recommend you titer every other year after that before giving further vaccines, aside from Rabies of course. Too many vaccines in a life span can lead to very unforgiving results later in life.
I currenly have a 9yr old chihuahua who's had his 18mnth old vaccines and only Rabies every 3yrs, he's in perfect health, and he NEVER gets sick.