The bottom line is your veterinarian will recommend what is best for your pet’s life. That will depend where your pet travels, how much time is spent indoors versus outdoors, how many other dogs your pet comes into contact with, and how much wildlife and wildlife feces/urine/carcass your dog comes into contact with. If your dog is anything like mine, it will get into, eat and roll in an amazingly grotesque array of material and revel in it.
Your veterinarian has spent a good deal of time picking out the safest vaccines to administer to your pet. All vaccines are not equal. Some have lots more allergic reaction-causing protein in them. Many have adjuvant containing chemicals to boost immunity. Some are killed, and others are modified live. Others are made with DNA recombinant technology and are much cleaner. Not every type of vaccine is available in a DNA recombinant form, but some are refined to only have one type of select protein and are very pure. Your veterinarian will make every effort not to over-vaccinate your pet and may stagger the vaccines on a schedule that is safest for your pet and your family.
Dr. Elizabeth Bradt is a 1986 graduate of Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the owner of All Creatures Veterinary Hospital in Salem. Email your pet questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please title your email “Vet Connection.”