Thursday, July 12, 2012

VET and What We Deiced On The Vaccine Issue

Hi everyone! OMD it's V-E-T day! I'll be a good girl, I just hope I don't get probed. Dachshund Mommy: Nola is going in for her annual wellness exam, her heartworm test, a fecal exam (don't tell her that!) and a year's supply of heartworm preventative. And possibly a Lyme test, just to be safe.

The face I make when I get probed

So do you all remember when I talked about vaccines in this post? Well, Mom and I deiced where we stand on the vaccine issue, and hammered out my future vaccine schedule.
We are very firmly in the less is more camp for vaccines, and I won't be getting any vaccines that aren't entirely necessary. If I'm not at risk for it and it's not required to go somewhere, I won't get it. Given all the recent studies on vaccines and the possibly that they do more harm then good, and the fact that Dachshunds are predisposed to vaccine reactions, it's not worth the risks. Also, I'm a pretty "natural" dog, and Mom wants to keep it that way. Keep your eye out for a post about being a "natural" dog! Feel free to tell me what you think of vaccines in the comments below!
Now on my current vaccines and my future vaccination schedule! I've had quiet a few shots, because when I was a baby Mom wasn't nearly as vaccine and natural dog savvy as she is now (Dachshund Mommy: I'm still irritated with Nola's old vet for not walking me through the vaccines and the risks). So I had the vaccines:
DAPP (which is Distemper, Adenovirus aka Canine Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Parainfulenza)
Lyme Disease
Dachshund Mommy: if I knew what I know now I would have refused Lyme and Lepto
And my future vaccination schedule is:
Every 3 years: Rabies and DAPP, but I will get them individually as Mom doesn't trust cocktail vaccines.
No yearly vaccines, but I will continue to go in for yearly wellness exams and heartworm tests.
Wish me luck everyone!
Kisses and Tail Wags,
Dachshund Nola


  1. Your mom is a smart lady! I know you are super happy to be taken care of so well.... :)

    I hope the V-E-T visit goes quickly and isn't painful!

    Shelle, Milo, Dixie and Newby,

  2. We agree with your mom. Here in Canada we give the puppy shots and then vacinate every 3 years. Mom has decided along with her vet to not vacinate Ruby anymore as she has major reactions. Her face starts to swell within an hour of vacinating. Penny will only have one more set of vacines. Mom does not believe in vacinating after age 7. Most dogs build antibodies with the puppy shots to last a lifetime.
    Love Ruby & Penny
    Pees - mom switched vets this year. Our previous vets were all about money not the wellness of the dog. Wish we had a holistic vet in our area.

  3. PeePeeS - hope you don't get probed either.
    Love Ruby & Penny

  4. I think I'd make a face like that too.

    Our dogs don't have to have rabies or lyme injections here but they get the rest. The only one I've found myself questioning is the kennel cough, since there are so many strains and it only covers about 4 or something. As for the lepto, a lot of my biologist friends have had it as it's rife in the swamps in our region so I don't hesitate to get her innoculated for that.

    Good luck at the v-e-t!

  5. Your mom is right, Nola!

    I will be absent for some time (because for holiday).
    See you soon.

    Woof, woof,


  6. That sounds like a good plan. I used to get yearly vaccinations until I was 8 years old. Then Mommy read more about it and after discussing with the holistic vet, decided that I don't need any more vaccinations. YEAY!
    Her reasoning was that I don't socialize with other dogs, I don't go outside our house compound for walks, and I am an indoor only dog. The cats on the other hand, get their vaccinations once every three years.
    We hope you don't get probed! We'll make the same face too. :)

  7. My dogs both had initial series of the DHPP. Koira once, a long while ago, had a kennel cough vaccine. Both dogs are kept current on 3 year rabies vaccine. I have been debating if I want to add in a three year distemper vaccine as well, as it is an increasingly bad disease in the local wildlife population.

  8. Good luck, Nola! Maybe if you act sad and pathetic enough, your Mommy will feel bad for you and get you a treat! It usually works for us! ;P
    It sounds like you guys have a good plan for the vaccines!

    Lassie, Ella & Petal

  9. I see that Ruby and Penny have left comments... If you could have seen the pictures of my Beloved Ruby when she had that SHOT... OMD OMD... I was so afraid for her. Her beautiful muzzle was swollen to the same size as her FACE.
    My mom will NOT allow more than ONE vac. to be given to US at any given visit... she will make 3 60 mile Round trips in three weeks... just to see that we never have more than One per WEEK. AND she won't let US have anythingy that is NOT TOTALLY Necessary.
    HooRay fur YOUR MOM for being so careful, TOO!!! Ernie and I give her 8 paws up!!!

  10. Just curious, doesn't your state require annual rabies vaccination? We live rurally and all of our dogs roam our 300+ acres. So, we keep up on rabies at all times. I thought it was a state requirement. The others we have cut back on at the recommendation of our vet.

  11. BOL! That is the EXACT same face I make when probed.....what is with that RUDE! In our state rabies is a requirement, I get the 3 yr. I've had the DAPP once when I was small. I haven't had the Lyme or Lepto. Ma says the kennel cough one isn't necessary, because I'm not around alot of other dogs. I think your Mom has the right idea. Keep you as 'green' as possible!



  12. Good luck with your new vaccination schedule!

  13. Hey Nola!
    Wow, keep that tailed tucked in tight, my furiend! BOL Great idea to only get needed treatment. I gotta do the lepto thing because lots of deer in my territory are getting it. :)
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Athlete

  14. I am aware of this controversy but haven't looked into it myself. Lucky, I have a vet that is pretty aware. She asks us plenty of questions about our lifestyle and then makes recommendations of what she thinks Chester and Gretel need....and it is not a whole lot. Good for you for doing your research and taking a stand.

  15. Hope everything goes well at the vet, your mum knows best.
    Lets not think about the probing....
    Dip Bridge and Elliot x

  16. I am seriously considering finding a vet for my little herd of doxen that is less "vaccine happy". Two of my four blow up little little balloons with vaccines.

  17. I hope everything went well at the Vet!
    Vaccines regulations here are different. You have to get lots of them due to the millions of stray dogs you find everywhere...
    Hmmm... sad situation!
    Take care
    Kisses and hugs

  18. we get the dapp and rabies, we like the 2 year vaccinations. rocket has to go at the end of the month, he doesn't know yet, BOL!!

    yuki (and rocket)

  19. Sounds like a good plan, Nola. You're mom is pretty smart and very diligent to know all this stuff.

  20. I hope everything goes perfect at the vet for you Nola

  21. We are happy when we are taking care of despite the probing
    Benny & Lily

  22. I have an annual combined vac. for distemper, parvo, hepatitis, parainfluenza and lepto

    Mum says it's not something she's ever given a lot of thought to, perhaps we should... Deccy x

  23. Nola, I just went through my visit, so I will be thinking of you. Mommies know best when it comes to shots and things and my MOmmy agrees with yours. I hope everything goes ok and I hope you get a treat.

    Loveys Sasha

  24. We still don't have the 3 year rabies vaccination in our country. We're still required to have it yearly. Then there's the regular Parvo, Lepto, DAPP... We've decided not to do it yearly. The young vet we've brought Chooey and Peanuts to also prefers a less than yearly vaccination.

    Huggies and Cheese,


  25. Good for you and your mommy! We get the 3-year rabies vaccine here and I'm glad I don't have to get it every year. :)

    Woofs & huggies, <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  26. Your Mommy is the bestest!
    My hairy slobbery sisters only gets the shots they absolutley must has! Cinnamon had her puppy shots and now she will has heartworm tablets every year and rabies and a few others every 3, Bob has the minimum since she was 2 years old and she is very healthy. It is the same with us cats! Holistic is better!

  27. Sounds good! Eleanor only gets Rabies b/c it is required by law here. She has terrible reactions!

  28. Nola, I think you and Mom made a good choice. Baylee had a severe reaction to Lepto last August. The breeder I got all my dogs from told me NOT to ever give that to my dogs. Since I live near a wilderness type park I took the vet's advice, thinking I was doing the right thing. It was a scary drive back to the vet's office with Baylee laying my lap, swelling and panting as I drove! The vet stayed open late to care for her, and she was okay with treatment. Lesson learned! Now we get only 3-year rabies and annual distemper/parvo, and bordetella. Heartworm meds, flea meds and an annual check up are a must. When I called to make a boarding reservation last week they were trying to tell me the dogs need influenza vaccine and I just said, no they do not!

  29. Great move..I think it is a best plane.Congrats and best of luck for your new plan.

    Dog Vaccines


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