Ace got all of his vaccines last year.
- DA2PP (Distemper, Aden2, Parvo, Para)
Obviously he will always get the rabies shot, and definitely the bordetella shot since we will probably have to board his again this year.
OK, Cresa--this will be good for a laugh. I'm the queen of "Keep the vaccines to a minimum"...but in your (well, Ace's) case I'm going to recommend that you do most of them. Here's why..
Rabies--no choice--every state has regulations about rabies but at least most of them also only require after the first (usually good for one year) and the second which will be a three year one it becomes an every three year deal. Ace is probably getting his second rabies vaccine this year and then won't have to get one again for three years. But check your local regulations.
DA2PP--this is one I give yearly or I do titers (for distemper and parvo--there isn't one for the other P) I maybe I should say I used do titres until the cost went sky high--when it got to be three times as much as the vaccine cost I did the vaccines. And I do this until the dog is 5 or 6 and then I don't do that vaccine--my dogs are active in a bunch of stuff--they go places and are exposed to other dogs and their immunity levels stay high--if they were stay at home in the yard dogs--these are dogs who sometimes end up with no immunity and suddenly get taken someplace where there is a dog with one of these things and then you have a sick dog--but I've been doing it like this for 30 or 40 years without issues.
Lepto--In your case with a swamp behind your house AND the fact that for a long, long time the Eastern Seaboard was practically an epidemic area for Lepto and even though Lepto has many serovars and is likely to mutate easily and rapidly so sometimes the vaccines don't cover the type of Lepto in your area it's considered caution to vaccinate. My state only had two reported cases of Lepto four years ago and not anywhere near me. Most of the PNW is not at risk so I don't vaccinate for Lepto.
Lyme--sort of the same story as Lepto for you--if Lyme is prevalent in your area--vaccinate for it--various vets have told me that the Lyme vaccine isn't as effective as they'd like it to be (like 100% is what they want) but it's a lot better than nothing and tick borne diseases are ugly--hard to identify and hard to cure. Lyme is basically a no issue for the PNW because we don't usually have the type of tick that carries it--but we have other types of ticks and although some do carry diseases that can be transmitted to dogs it's not so much a issue--if your dogs regularly are in brush areas there are ticks and prevention consists of keeping ticks off the dogs. I'm not even sure that there is a vaccine for the most common tick borne disease around.
Influenza--I don't know what to tell you about Influenza--seems to be more common east of the Rockies although there have been a few affected dogs here on the Pacific coast. I'd talk to my vet about it--I know some who seem to think if the dog has had the two vaccine series that you don't need to do more and others who think you should vaccinate each year.
But how do I know which others to continue? It seems like a lot, honestly.
It is a lot--and the best thing to do where you have decided to give several vaccines I'd divide them up. Give maybe the DA2PP and bordetella at the same time--they've been giving those vaccines at the same time without horrible side effects for a long time so it's probably safe.
Rabies I would give alone and not within a very minimum of one week after and one week before any other vaccines.
Lepto is famous as a reaction producer--I would not give it with other vaccines and I'd want to keep it like rabies separated by at least a week before and a week after any other vaccines.
I don't know enough about Lyme to suggest anything about and I'd rely on my vet to tell me what he thought about it.
We do have a bit of swamp like areas behind the house, which is why we opted for the Lepto last year. We also live in an area where Lyme disease is prevalent, and my parents dog now has it. So that made sense.
But am I really giving him all of these vaccines ever year, without question? Dobebug, would love to hear your recommendations also.
And I didn't talk much about bordetella--which is a vaccine I no longer give--and you've probably read way--I've posted the reason many times and re-posted it again just recently--maybe in the Kennel Cough thread
Good luck-I'm sure glad we are still relatively free of some of the deases that should be vaccinated for out here in the PNW but we have acquired a number of things that didn't exist here before the national highway system was developed--hook worm, whip worm, heartworm just for a few. One of my very firs vets was telling me he'd found whip worm in a dog who came in from Florida--he said (this was in 1960) he'd never seen a live whipworm and had only seen pictures in books or in prepared slides when he was in vet school.