Dear Dr. Fox • Do you recommend continuing with regular vaccinations for an 8-year-old terrier/Chihuahua mix with a history of internal bleeding, possibly stemming from an autoimmune disease? The dog hasn’t shown any symptoms of internal bleeding for several years, and I was wondering if it’s safe to vaccinate her. — G.P., Arlington, Va.
Dear G.P. • I do not advise vaccinating older dogs who have had the usual spectrum of vaccines earlier in life. The vaccines should not be needed.
Booster vaccinations are risky. If there is any doubt, it’s best to have blood titers taken to determine immunity status and risk of exposure to infective dogs. Anti-rabies vaccination is mandated under the law, however. For basic vaccination protocols for dogs, see the related article on my website at drfoxvet.net.
Dear Dr. Fox • I am from Mumbai, India. I am unable to decide if I should I vaccinate my 3-month-old puppy or not. I had a bad experience with my previous dog.
There are abundant stray dogs in my city, and they get diseases sometimes. The vet recommended me the following vaccination schedule: 7-in-1, then 9-in-1, then 9-in-1 and anti- rabies — all at one-month intervals.
I asked many vets. There is no holistic vet near me, no monovalent vaccines and no homeopathic vaccines. I am scared to give her combination vaccines. — M.R., Mumbai, India
Dear M.R. • Dr. M. Sugumaran with Prakriti Save Nature Trust in Tamil Nadu, India, can best advise you as to the best vaccinations available in India for your dog.
The schedule of vaccinations proposed by the veterinarian with whom you consulted is absurd: literally carpet-bombing your pup’s immune system with probable long-term impairment of the immune system. Such short intervals of vaccination, with so many combined vaccines, is malpractice — albeit highly profitable.
Dr. Sugumaran will provide you, via email, the best protocol to follow. And follow the rule of separating the anti- rabies vaccination from other combined vaccines by four to six weeks.
The misuse of vaccines, along with antibiotics, in animals and humans is cause for concern in many countries. For more documentation of these issues , see the book written by me and my wife, Deanna Krantz, ‘‘India’s Animals: Helping the Sacred and the Suffering.”