Rabies vaccine question

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    Before I adopted my dog last year, he was “treated” to a slew of vaccines, including the one year (vs three year) rabies vaccine- why that, I don’t know. I know he won’t need the others repeated but wish he had gotten the 3-year rabies one instead. Are they one and the same? He has had some issues since I adopted him- irritated eyes, itchy ears, sensitive digestion at times- and I’m worried about the possible effect the vaccine could have on him if these other problems were caused by vaccine overload. I fully intend to get him the vaccine when it’s due if it won’t do harm(if it’s just a tad overdue, it’s not like at the stroke of midnight his immunity would expire like a quart of milk) Would minor issues even qualify as reasons for a waiver? Would thuja act as a buffer? Thank you

    Dr. Jeff Feinman

    Thanks so much for your post. Great to see you here again!

    Yes, the one year and three year vaccines are identical. The idea of requiring a booster in 1 year is to ensure an adequate immune response. If there was “proof” that he was vaccinated previously, then the vaccine he recently received probably could be re-certified to last for 3 years.

    No, the very recent (published in the 1/15/15 JAVMA) scientific evidence shows that the overdue immune response is just as good as any other dog receiving the booster.

    Unfortunately, most vets will require a direct vaccine problem or more serious issue to apply for a waiver.

    No. Thuja is not a post-vaccine panacea (unless your dog entered a Thuja state after vaccination). Despite what some believe and even promote. Sorry.

    Dr. Jeff

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