Vaccines have become quite controversial in the human and pet worlds, and many myths and misconceptions have come to be considered fact by some. What you believe you know may not be backed up by fact. Also, veterinary recommendations aren’t one-size-fits-all. What may be right for one dog isn’t necessarily right for another. For most vaccines, recommendations (to vaccinate or not) depend on the individual pet’s lifestyle, where the pet lives, where the pet visits, and that individual pet’s health.
AAHA’s Dr. Heather Loenser reiterates this isn’t one-size-fits-all. “Our recommendation that vaccines should be tailored to the lifestyle of the dog has remained solid.”
Biologics are administered by injection, and although they aren’t true vaccines, they’re now included in the guidelines. There are biologic injections for cancers, for skin issues, and to prevent heartworm disease, as examples.
While the guidelines have been created for veterinary professionals, AAHA has a pet-owner-friendly version. Check out the Vaccination Guidelines for Dogs here for free.