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Old 06-14-2017, 05:14 PM
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Vaccination on older dog

Hi guys! It's my first time here and I'm hoping you can help me
I have adopted a couple of years ago a 5 year old mixed-breed dog. Besides being over-protective, never had an issue with him. He is up to date with his rabies vaccine and anti-flea and anti-parasites medicine. Holidays are soon and me and my family want to travel, but we won't be able to bring him with us, so we are thinking on leaving him in a dog hostel. The point is that they are asking me to have him vaccinated with everything: annual vaccine, including the kennel cough one.
Now, I have always been quite scared of this (especially my mom). We have read many reports on older dogs dying because of it, and older dogs don't actually needing them. I know I sound paranoic and maybe irresponsible, but this little guy means the world to me and my familiy and I can't let anything happening to him. Should I just take him to the vet or look for another option?

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Call and ask if the hostel excepts titer results. If they do then you can take your dog to have titers done and only vaccinate for whatever antibodies are low. If they don't then you'll have to make a decision on having him vaccinated, or finding another place for him to say. You could look for a reputable pet sitter, or have a friend keep him.

I'd never board my dog at a kennel or hostel that did not require the dog to be up to date on vaccines, or at minium have titers done. It would be very irresponsible to do so and would be asking for trouble.
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They require those because it is for the safety of your dog and everyone else's dog in kennel and/or pet hotel. The person that will give you the best information is your veterinarian. They can seem pushy with vaccinations and they have a good reason too, a lot of these illnesses are low because of vaccinations just like with humans. You can mention to your veterinarian that you have heard of older dogs dying, and they should go over risk exposures with you so you can make an informed decision. You can also ask to split up the vaccines two weeks apart from each other, as you won't be overloading your dog (and their immune system) all at once with a number of various vaccinations. I've heard that from a friend working in the veterinary industry, they do it with smaller dogs and dogs with known vaccine reactions.

Rain is very right titers are viable option but I know in my location titers can run up to $300 plus so if you do have cost concerns it might not be the best option, vaccinations are anywhere from $20 to $35 that again depending on your location.
Then again if they do not accept titers again as Rain said you will need to look at either vaccinating your dog or other boarding arrangements for your dog.

Best of luck!
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When Samantha needs multiple vaccinations, I always space them out at least three weeks apart. She did, this year, have a reaction to her rabies vaccine. It fortunately wasn't serious, but she certainly went through three or four days of feeling crappy. Vet says next time, in three years, he will pre-treat her to minimize the reaction.
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Have vaccinated tens of thousands of dogs over last 30 years... have yet had a single one die from a vaccine... though have had a dinky fraction (maybe 1 in 1000) have a minor vaccine reaction. I don't even think I have heard of any of my colleagues losing a dog from a vaccine. Must happen, I am sure, but so incredibly rare that dying from more mundane things like hit by car, cancer or old age is very like much more likely... not really anything I would be concerned about, unless your dog has had a history of a serious autoimmune disease or something related that might possibly be directly affected negatively by a vaccine.

As for titers, most boarding places in our area will not accept a vaccine titer in place of a vaccine (titers are still very controversial in terms of actually proving a dog is well protected by a vaccine)... and there is no way to get a meaningful Bordatella titer anyway (the most likely infection to result from being boarded).

If you are still worried for some reason about the vaccines, you can always hire someone to check on your pet daily in your home (very popular option in our area, though can be pretty pricey).
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