Annual Rabies, Parvovirus and Distemper booster vaccines are no longer recommended.
The American Animal Hospital Association, The American Veterinary Medical Association, and The Texas A&M School of Veterinary Medicine have revised their recommendations for pet vaccinations and released a new Vaccination Guideline in 2003.
The immunity factor for these vaccines has been scientifically proven to be over 7 years, and probably for the life-time of the pet. But most importantly, the re-administering of these vaccines annually does not provide the animal with more immunity. Actually, the immunity induced antibodies from the first set of vaccines blocks the effectiveness of the subsequent annual booster vaccine (as if it were a germ itself). So the client is paying for something that will have no benefit, but only exposes the pet to unnecessary risks of an adverse reaction.
A "booster vaccine" before breeding a bitch does not increase the antibodies in the mother to be transfered to her pups through her colostrum.
Vaccinating pups 6 weeks old and younger is not recommended. At this age pups are receiving antibodies from the mother's milk (colostrum). This natural protection lasts up to 8 - 14 weeks of age. If vaccines are given at 6 weeks old the mother's antibodies will only neutralize the vaccine and 70% of the puppies will not receive any protection.
Also, vaccinations given 2 weeks apart only suppress rather than stimulate the immune system. The recommended duration is 3 - 4 weeks apart.
Preferably vaccinations should initially be given to pups at 12 weeks old and a second dose four weeks later at 16 weeks old. If you are vaccinating 8 week old pups the recommended schedule according to CritterAdvocacy.org is 8, 12, and 16 weeks.
At Poodles By Design we recommend the 12 & 16 week schedule. However, if we have pups leaving the premises we sometimes use the 8, 12 & 16 week schedule. We prefer that the pup get at least one vaccine before leaving our home and being exposed to the outside environment. We recommend that our customers complete the set of puppy vaccines (at 12 & 16 weeks) to be fully immunized. We further recommend that when you get your pup's last vaccine (at 16 weeks old) that you wait at least 2 - 4 weeks before letting your veterinarian administer the Rabies shot. Over vaccinating can be fatal, especially to Toy breeds. The same amount of vaccine is given to a Toy puppy as is administered to a Great Dane dog. So please be aware!
According to other information:
"Shot-based" veterinarians make 71% of their income from annual vaccines. Is there any question why the new recommendations are not being shared?
To further investigate these findings I recommend the website CRITTER ADVOCACY .ORG. Be sure to check out the K9 Vaccine Guidelines. There is a lot of information and common sense recommendations that will interest you. Gather the info and decide for yourself what is best for your pet.