Annual Exam & Vacs
I know we've discussed several times the vaccination protocols. There are also several other websites and boards with information regarding the new studies that show that over-vaccinating dogs can be harmful.
The topic comes up for me again because I recently got my postcards from my vet reminding me of my dogs' annual exams. Knowing what we've discussed, I'm concerned about the "treatments" listed as needed for each dog.
Although I've done searches online and in our threads, I'm still confused over what should be done annually and what each of the tests listed is for.
For example, Holly is listed as needing a rabies booster, DA2PL-CP, and a heartworm check. I know that she probably needs the booster (even though she'll be 2, it'll be her one year booster b/c she didn't have the vac til a year old). Once she has the booster, she'll be on a 3 year standard schedule with my vet for her rabies vacs.
I am not sure what the DA2PL-CP is, though. From what I can find/understand on the internet, its a combo vac for several different diseases. My girls have had this vac every year since I've had them. I can ask my vet, of course, when we go in on Fri for our appt, but I'd also like the opinions of those on the board with experience and knowledge of these vacs.
Willow has a bordetella vac listed for her, but we probably won't have that. We don't board the girls, and the only reason it shows up for Willow is b/c she had it when she came to me via Lucky Star.
Also listed as "treatment" for my girls is a heartworm check, which is important where we live as we are a high risk area (lots of mosquitoes).
So all three girls will have heart worm check and annual physical exam.
Holly will add a rabies booster, and I think Cedar is also due a rabies booster (she's three this summer).
The only thing that seems to concern me is the DA2P-CP. What is it? Do my girls need it?
Cedar (tri), Willow (blen), Holly (ruby), & Bella (blen)