Vaccination, Immunization & Titers

Upcountry Vizslas firmly believes that all its puppies should be immunized with the core vaccines and that reasonable jurisdictional laws regarding rabies vaccines should be followed; however, we do not support immunization of our puppies with non-core vaccines unless a risk assessment clearly indicates the necessity (i.e., geographic location, current recorded outbreak, etc).

Based on research and protocol established by Dr. Ronald Schultz, Upcountry Vizslas vaccinates using modified live vaccines (MLV) for Parvo, Distemper, and Adenovirus, followed by CAVIDS titer testing at 1 year of vaccination and every 3 years thereafter.

CAVIDS nomographs are performed on our Dams to determine the optimal timing of vaccination for our puppies.

Our preference is that the rabies vaccine be administered no earlier than 6 months of age. Rabies vaccinations must not be administered in conjunction with any other vaccine or medication. Sick, injured, or immuo-compromised dogs must never receive a vaccine: vaccinations must be deferred until the health issue is resolved.

Further educational information regarding vaccination, immunization and titer testing is provided in the following Mercola Healthy Pets series. A document containing terms associated with vaccination and immunity is available here: Terms Associated with Vaccination & Immunity in Dogs.

In this 4-part series, Dr. Karen Becker, Mercola Healthy Pets, talks with Dr. Ronald Schultz, Professor and Chair, Department of Pathobiological Sciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, a pioneer and expert in the field of veterinary vaccines.

In part 1 of the series, listen as the doctors discuss the history of dog and cat vaccines, gain an understanding of core v. non-core vaccines, maternal antibodies, and the reason behind why your puppy or kitten receives so many vaccines in the first year of life.

In part 2 of the series, gain an understanding of the timing and role titer testing can play in a responsible modified vaccine protocol, vaccination v. immunization, the importance of using modified live (infectious) vaccines, and what memory cells are.

Part 3 of the series broadens the discussion to include the often controversial rabies vaccine. Learn the history behind the modern rabies vaccine and why rabies is now an inactivated (non-infectious) vaccine. Also learn about vaccine adjuvants and risk management approaches for pets with adverse vaccine reactions.

Part 4 continues the discussion on rabies and clears up the confusion between the 1-year and 3-year rabies vaccines. Finally, the series concludes with Dr. Schultz sharing what his personal vaccine protocol is for his immediate and extended family pets.