Friday, January 29, 2016

Veterinary Highlights: World Small Animal Veterinary Association's Vaccination Guidelines Update

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association issued an update to its vaccination guidelines. The guidelines are meant as a strategy outline and not as a rule written in stone.

The emphasis remains both on evidence-based medicine as well as the understanding that one size does not fit all.

The core vaccines for dogs remain distemper, adenovirus and parvovirus. Interestingly, there is a question whether rabies should be a core vaccine across-the-board or whether in some regions it could be optional. That bit actually surprised me. But the world is a big place and apparently rabies virus isn't endemic everywhere.

The updated document also brings a better understanding of maternally-derived antibodies in puppies, different options for puppy booster vaccine, information about titer testing and immunity duration.

The also published a document meant for owners and breeders which explains the matters in simple terms.

The full WSAVA Vaccination Guidelines can be seen here.

Source article:
WSAVA Injects Fresh Wisdom Into Vaccination Guidelines


  1. We currently have to vaccinate every three years for rabies, as that is required by the state we live in. I personally feel the rabies vaccine lasts longer than three years and most vets I talk to about it agree.

    Both dogs had their core vaccines and we continue to vaccinate for Leptosporosis, but those are the only ones we vaccinate for.

    Of course we discuss the vaccine situation with our vet and almost always agree on the prescribed course of action. :-)

    1. That's about the same everywhere around here. Unfortunately, unless enough solid evidence is put together to be able to change the legislation, we're stuck with boosters every three years.

      It's great that you and your vet can be on the same page about these things.

    2. which is why I recommend everyone support The Rabies Challenge Fund.. they are doing some amazing work in that field.

  2. I am a dog owner/exhibitor, retired from breeding. I read both the "Owner" and "Veterinarian" versions of this guidance and found the latter much easier to understand. The Owner version has more detail as to the nature and effects of diseases and the intricacies of developing an immune response, but much of this is not presented in what I would consider "simple terms," and I am already familiar with the topics covered. The Veterinarian version assumes, quite reasonably, that Vets already know about the diseases and immune responses, so does not go into such laborious detail. In the Vets version there are charts setting out the types of vaccinations and timetables for administration; these are not included in the Owner version. I think the charts would be very helpful to the Owner, and much less daunting - the Owner version is 67 pages, and the info is not presented in a style that makes for quick reading and comprehension. The Vet version is 45 pages, including a reference list, and it also includes a 108 item Q&A that covers much of what is presented in the Owner version in lengthy text format. I encourage dog and cat owners, and especially breeders, to read both and keep them for reference. The Owner version offers a clear (though lengthy) explanation of why vaccines are administered to puppies/kittens at specific ages and why it is critical for buyers to continue and complete the protocol with their new young pet. I would like to see a blended and greatly condensed version of the two documents that all who breed and/or raise and sell puppies and kittens could give to buyers. Thank you for presenting these updated documents to your readers. I will be referring people here to obtain them.