by Ben Brooks, Ph.D.
I help Pharma design new vaccines professionally. Yet, I still struggle with this question just like many of you. Just like many things when it comes to our pets, what you choose is dependent on several factors. In this article, the information is based on current science. I am keeping this blog basic intentionally to keep the information crystal clear.
According to University of Minnesota Vet School, there are two categories of vaccines (1) core which should be given regularly and (2) non-core which should be considered based on your dog’s lifestyle and risk factor.
Core vaccines include canine parvovirus (CPV), canine distemper virus (CDV), canine adenovirus (CAV), and rabies. In many states these vaccinations are a legal requirement for your dog and many boarding and grooming facilities require these vaccinations as well. In some situations, proof of titers is an appropriate alternative to vaccination, but you need to check.
Non-core vaccines include canine parainfluenza virus (CPiV), canine influenza virus H3N8, canine influenza virus H3N2 distemper-measles combination vaccine, Bordetella bronchiseptica, Lepto, Lyme, and Borrelia burgdorferi. I recommend you follow the following “calculator” at the end of the article to determine which other vaccines you should get. If you need more information, I will give more information on this topic later. I do recommend you listen to my podcast on the subject or Dogs in the News podcast (http://dogsinthe.news) with Lisa Mausbach D.V.M. on the matter.