2011 Jean Dodds Vaccination Protocol for Dogs


The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice.

Age of Pups                                                  Vaccine Type

9 – 10 weeks                                                 Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Intervet Progard Puppy DPV)

14 weeks                                                       Same as above

16 -18 weeks (optional)                           Same as above (optional)

20 weeks or older,
if allowable by law                                    Rabies

1 year                                                            Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV

1 year                                                            Rabies, killed 3-year product (give 3-4 weeks apart from distemper/parvovirus booster)

Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian. In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request. See www rabieschallengefund.org


W. Jean Dodds, DVM
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843
(714) 891-2022

First Aid Kits For Dogs

For new puppy owners (or visitors to the blog), I thought it might be helpful to remind everyone to prepare a “K9 First Aid Kit.” I actually have two – one for my home, one for my car.

Here is what I have in my kits (others, feel free to add to my list):

  • Unopened bottle of hydrogen peroxide + syringe (to induce vomiting)
  • Gas-Ex (if bloat is suspected).  NOTE:  Bloat is an emergency.  Make sure you know the signs and head for the vet immediately.
  • Benadryl (for allergic reactions, I use the dye free kind)
  • Sterile Saline solution (rinsing eyes or wounds)
  • Non-Stick Gauze
  • Vet Wrap (self-adhesive wrap….this stuff is awesome)
  • Scissors, tweezers, Q-tips (cleaning up wounds)
  • A large towel
  • A strip of cloth about 8 inches wide and 4 feet long – this can be cut into strips to form a muzzle or used as a sling to support the hind end
  • Nail clippers (I dremel, but these are for emergencies)
  • Styptic powder
  • Neosporin spray
  • A few Composure treats to calm down an injured & frantic dog
  • A plastic bag with key information:  my dogs’ medical status, emergency phone numbers, vet names/contact, copies of vaccination status.

I also keep several “natural” remedies on hand in my house in addition to our daily supplements and any prescribed medication:

  • Canned pumpkin (not pie filling!) (for loose stools or constipation, this stuff is great)
  • Ledum (1M) to be given after every tick bite…very good for treating Lyme.
  • Lymeblaster to use on tick bite site
  • D-Mannose (I prefer Progressive Lab’s U Tract Complete) for suspected UTIs.   Good for people too!
  • Slippery Elm to use for upset tummies.  It promotes the production of the mucosal lining of the digestive tract
  • Milk Thistle Powder to support the liver.   I give for a few days after heartworm treatment,any vaccinations, etc.
  • Homeopathic Silica to give after porcupine encounters.  It helps the quill bits to come out.

Anyone want to add to my list?