Health & Vaccines

The photos represent 7 years of breeding starting with Sophie's first litter when Laya was born. The middle photo is Laya winning one of her many Best of Breed competitions. The last photo is of Laya's second litter, 9 grandchildren from King. To ensure that we can keep breeding beautiful puppies that bring joy and pleasure to their owners and that can be competitive in the confirmation ring and agility field it is important be able to stay abreast of the latest issues that affect the health of our dogs and will ensure that they live long and pleasurable lives.

Traditionally standard poodles were tested or examined prior to breeding. The tests checked Eyes, Hip Dysplasia, Sebaceous Adenitis, Von Willebrand's disease and Thyroid function. In the last 24 months through gene research dogs can be tested for Neonatal Encephalopathy (NE). The test for NE has had a major impact on breeding programs, testing of both sire and dam ensures that large litters will survive and with testing this disease will be eliminated. 2007 showed how important thinking about your dog's nutrition really is, with the major scare caused by faulty byproducts being utilized in many commercial dog foods. The commercial dog food problem with its poor quality control program reinforced the views of many owners and breeders that a well thought out alternative feeding system such as BARF was the way to go.

It has now come to the forefront that there are problems associated with the recommended vaccination programs for our dogs. As breeders we were aware that some dispute existed in the recommended vaccination programs followed by local veterinarians. We really couldn't get definitive answers until we read the article in Poodle Variety, August-September issue, 2007, "Science of Vaccine Damage" by Catherine O'Driscoll and submitted by Brigitte Copeland. The whole article has been reprinted below. The main point stated, "All 27 Veterinary Schools in North America have changed their protocols for vaccinating dogs and cats along the following line."

"Dogs' and cats' immune systems mature fully at six months. If modified live-virus vaccine is given after six months of age, it produced immunity, which is good for the life of the pet. If another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the antibodies from the first vaccine neutralise the antigens of the second vaccine and there is little or no effect. The titre is not "boosted", nor are more memory cells induced.

"Not only are annual boosters unnecessary, but they subject the pet to potential risks such as allergic reactions and immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia.

"In plain language, veterinary schools in America, plus the American Veterinary Medical Association, have looked at studies to show how long vaccines last and they have concluded and announced that annual vaccination is unnecessary."

As a prudent dog owner you should talk to your veterinarian concerning what is best for your pet but if in doubt locate a veterinarian that offers titre testing, many now offer it as a way to determine if your pet is adequately protected from canine virus challenge and thus does not need further vaccination. Do not blindly accept the need for annual vaccinations.

Here is a link to a video by Dr.Schultz on immunity from vaccinations and the best regime to follow for your dog.                              



Reprinted from Poodle Variety, August-September 2007 Issue.