Our vet appointment to discuss our core vaccine schedule went well. I am very pleased. I was listened to and we had a useful, detailed conversation. My vet was comfortable with me choosing to reduce how often we vaccinate for distemper and parvo. Murray is now 6, and I feel he has been WELL vaccinated at this point. My vet was open to simply vaccinating every few years or I could choose to titer every few years. At this point we have not titered. He was very open and comfortable with how I wanted to proceed. He didn't think anything I was suggesting was unsafe. We decided for Piper, he will likely not ever need a core vaccine again. He will be 10 in a few weeks. We did do the lymes vaccine because ticks are a very serious problem in our area. While nothing provides 100% protection from lymes, we agreed as much protection as possible is a good idea.
He did explain why he vaccinates annually as a rule of thumb. He feels with the clientele he has, he only feels completely comfortable when he's keeping his pet clients covered with their vaccines. He cannot always be guaranteed he will see a dog or cat on a yearly basis or that they are all being cared for as he feels they should be, so to insure their proper protection, he vaccinates annually. I was happy he felt reassured in my care for my dogs and therefor entrusted me with my vaccine decisions. I, in turn, respect that HE is the professional and I thoroughly appreciated his candid thoughts and advice. Seems we have a good doctor patient relationship after-all :)
I hope all of you have veterinarians you can have such informative and helpful conversations with. I'm grateful I do!
**If you have any specific questions I can answer, please leave a comment below. There were far too many details from our meeting to include in this update**