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Old 04-21-2016, 11:49 AM
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I will also be doing additional research on the topic.

I talked to the owner of the school/daycare/boarding facility that I use and she said all she requires is rabies, since that is state law. She is more than satisfied with titers for the other stuff. So that's a huge win. She also said that the dogs she sees getting more illnesses are the over vaccinated ones. She believes vaccines dampen their immune system.

I am leaning more and more towards less medication (or "poison" as some call it), but I want to be safe. I checked the heat map someone posted for heartworm incidence and we are in a lower risk region (Iowa). I also checked Lyme, and we are in also in a lower risk region (although I have a friend who's lab died of Lyme disease about a year ago).

It is not at all motivated by cost. I simply want what's best for my dogs. I'm more than willing to pay for any veterinary care they need.

I am considering moving to only doing the rabies vaccine, coupled with biannual exams including blood work, stool exam, heartworm check, and possible titers.

As for flea and tick, I have already moved to using Seresto collars from April to November. I am considering doing the same for heartworm preventative.

I am very open to suggestions
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Old 04-21-2016, 12:37 PM
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Where I live it is SO humid, and muggy, and fairly warm all year long. As a result we have a ton of mosquitos, ticks, etc. etc. I use an oral preventative for heartworm and fleas and ticks for both my guys. We are so active in the woods, that I'm just not willing to take the chance.
I do try to go on a minimal vaccine schedule because in general I think dogs are over-vaccinated.
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I lost my first dog with heartworm.. so It's an interesting topic, but I don't want to take any chances.
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