Don’t expect your veterinarian to ask you what you want to do when you take your pet in for an annual exam. Most veterinarians, unless prompted by the client, will assume that you’re there for “the usual” and will go ahead and recommend annual vaccinations. It is up to you to educate yourself and advocate for your pet and know what vaccines and tests might benefit your pet, and to know the laws concerning how frequently the rabies vaccine must be administered. If you encounter a veterinarian who continues to advocate yearly vaccinations, schedule a sit-down talk with your vet, or take your business elsewhere.
Have the vet perform the health exam and other tests first, wait to vaccinate until those results are in, and schedule a follow-up vaccine visit once you know your pet is in good health
Avoid a combination vaccine (five-in-one-type vaccinations) that offers multiple vaccines in only one shot. Look elsewhere if that is all they carry.
Do not vaccinate your adult dog more frequently than every three years (unless local conditions suggest a heightened need for Lepto, Bordetella, or Lyme vaccines; these each last a year or less).
If your dog needs the rabies vaccine try to schedule for a different visit. The rabies vaccine should be administered by itself at a later date, apart from the other three “core” vaccines (distemper, parvo-virus, and adenovirus), and in another part of the pet's body.
Take a look at this video: " Dog and Cat Vaccines are Not Harmless Preventive Medicine"
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