Distemper only vaccination?

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Postby TheRedQueen » February 19th, 2009, 10:29 am

Is there such a thing as a vax that is only distemper...and where would one find it?

Is the distemper vax all that necessary anyway? :?

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Postby amazincc » February 19th, 2009, 1:32 pm

In NY and Florida only rabies is mandatory, as far as I know.
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Postby SisMorphine » February 19th, 2009, 2:20 pm

I know that they have vaccines that have less than others (8-in-1, 6-in-1, 5-in-1, DHLPP, DA2P, etc) and I believe that they have a separate parvo vax, but I'm not sure if the distemper vax without parvo still has the adenovirus (1&2).

What issues does the dog have?
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Postby Malli » February 19th, 2009, 3:40 pm

it might be able to be special ordered? But it would probably be all one shot, anyway :|
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Postby mnp13 » February 19th, 2009, 3:43 pm

My vet said that we could get them as separate shots when we brought Connor in. :|
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Postby TheRedQueen » February 19th, 2009, 4:53 pm

She can get a separate distemper-only shot...but has to buy a pack of 25, and doesn't know if she can get enough takers for the remaining 24...;)

She titered the dog, and the parvo was fine, but the distemper was no longer "protective".

The dog has health issues: hypothyroid, IBD, esophageal dysmotility, allergies (the dog is a mess...can only eat certain things, etc.) She doesn't want to overdo the vax if she doesn't have to. My feeling is...go without the vax all together if it's potentially more harmful to get the vax. :|
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Postby Magnolia618 » February 19th, 2009, 4:57 pm

I wouldnt vaccinate for distemper at all. :|
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Postby Marinepits » February 19th, 2009, 5:47 pm

I am assuming that a dog with that many issues is under veterinary care? What does the vet say in regards to the distemper vax?

If the dog spends a lot of time outdoors in areas where there is wildlife (especially raccoons, foxes, and groundhogs), she may want to vaccinate as there is no cure for distemper -- there is only supportive care while the dog's own immune system fights off the disease. Or the dog dies. Since the dog is already immunocompromised, the dog stands less of a chance for survival.

If the dog spends a lot of time around rescue animals (especially puppies) with unknown vaccination histories, she may want to vaccinate the dog.

But, again, given that the dog already has MULTIPLE health issues, the best person to decide whether or not the distemper vaccine will be harmful to the dog is the dog's own veterinarian.
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Postby blabsforbullies » February 19th, 2009, 7:34 pm

Marinepits wrote:I am assuming that a dog with that many issues is under veterinary care? What does the vet say in regards to the distemper vax?

If the dog spends a lot of time outdoors in areas where there is wildlife (especially raccoons, foxes, and groundhogs), she may want to vaccinate as there is no cure for distemper -- there is only supportive care while the dog's own immune system fights off the disease. Or the dog dies. Since the dog is already immunocompromised, the dog stands less of a chance for survival.

If the dog spends a lot of time around rescue animals (especially puppies) with unknown vaccination histories, she may want to vaccinate the dog.

But, again, given that the dog already has MULTIPLE health issues, the best person to decide whether or not the distemper vaccine will be harmful to the dog is the dog's own veterinarian.


Agreed. We still see distemper, and it is still a viable threat. >( In a dog that is already immunocompromised, I'd recommend vaccinating if it were my client simply because although I don't like to give a lot of extraneous vaccines, distemper is very, very difficult to survive in a normal, healthy dog, let alone one with health concerns. :neutral:
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Postby Mickle » February 19th, 2009, 7:37 pm

We titer and my vet gave the dog just a distemper vaccine. I didnt need anything else.
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Postby SisMorphine » February 19th, 2009, 7:38 pm

She could call around and see if any of the local veterinarians other than hers already have the distemper only vaccines in stock so she doesn't have to worry about buying a whole case.
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