Small dogs are more likely to have vaccine reactions than larger dogs. Is this because they’re receiving the same dose as their much larger brethren? Should a Great Dane and a Chihuahua get the same size vaccine?
I’ve heard of people asking their vets for smaller doses of vaccines for their toy breed dogs. I asked our vet what she thought and she replied that all dogs should receive the same dose. I worry about Mr. N potentially having a reaction but I’m not yet sure about him receiving a smaller dose.
I already take preventative measures and try not to have Mr. N overvaccinated. He actually hasn’t needed any core vaccines updated since we got him (he’ll need rabies later this year). If he needs more than one vaccine, I’ll have them staggered. I turn down non-core vaccines like bordetella and lepto and I’m considering getting him titered at some point (test that measures protective antibody levels for diseases).
This is why I was glad to to hear about a group of concerned Maltese owners who got together and asked the AHVMA foundation (American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association) about studying the “efficacy of body-mass based vaccinations.” Dr. Jean Dodds agreed to conduct a small study exploring this topic and the AHVMA is collecting donations (the pilot stage is estimated to cost $5500).
Should dogs receive vaccine doses that correspond to their size?