Dog Vaccinations Be Informed


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While researching the goldendoodle and other dog breeds readers will undoubtedly come across information on breeders web sites about vaccination protocols for their puppies. Most breeders are advocating "limited" vaccination, some have gone to no vaccines what so ever and few are still doing what they did 20 years ago.
The breeders who are advocating limited vaccines are not unique in their stance on vaccines.
Breeders of other breeds, Weimaraner, Vizsla, Labs and Toy breeds, etc..are also advocating limited vaccine as vets,
breeders and owners become aware that vaccination protocols are no longer considered a "one size fits all" program.
Whatever your view, it has become apparent that some puppies may have an adverse reaction to some vaccines.
These reactions can range from a simple lump, to auto-immune changes, to seizures and in a few rare cases, to death.
On the other hand, there are recent cases of pups dying of parvovirus or getting leptospirosis (Lepto) because they did not receive any vaccines.
Limited vaccination can be interpreted many different ways but what you feel comfortable with as a breeder and as an owner is paramount.
There are many, many sites on the internet both pro-vaccine and anti-vaccine. So sort through the information carefully.
Many people believe "WRONGLY" that legally their dog is required to have annual rabies vaccination.
In Ontario the law states : a dog 3 months of age or over must be immunized against rabies,
and then reimmunized (i.e. given a booster) by the date specified in the immunization certificate that is issued at the time the vaccine is administered.
Basically the dog must be reimmunized when the Vet states on the certificate so make sure your Vet states in 3 years time.
This information is available online on the Health Protection and Promotion Act
and R.R.O. 1990, REGULATION 567 Dr. W. Jean Dodds DVM takes a more balanced approach with breeds that require reduced or limited vaccines.
As science progresses and studies are conducted, change is inevitable.
Your vet may tell you "this is the way it is always been done OR in 50 years of practice I've never seen a reaction OR
we always give rabies and a combination shot at the same time OR other puppies that I see have never had a reaction, etc..."
However if your vet is like mine, they will know and/or will listen to you as informed owner of a puppy, that some dogs may have a reaction to vaccines and advocate caution when vaccinating.
We owe it to our dogs to educate ourselves about what is happening within our breed, to investigate, question and question again and than make our own informed decisions as to how "limited" we wish to be when it comes to vaccinating our dogs.
~Beyond Bliss Doodles will continually educate ourselves and update this site as current information and options become available to us ~
We  are aware that some dogs may have adverse reactions, including death, from some Heartworm and Lyme Disease medications.
We are also aware that Heartworm and Lyme Disease medication is to be administered in accordance with veterinary guidelines only in areas of the world
where these diseases are considered a serious threat to the well being of the Puppy.
With that in mind, both diseases if untreated are known to be a death sentence to affected dogs.
Puppy owners must make the best and healthiest choices for their puppy.
Vanguard DA2MP
Vaccinates against: Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2 (gives cross immunity to Adenovirus Type 1 Hepatitis), Parainfluenza, (MLV) Parvo
Our pups go home with one vaccination.
They will need 2 more vaccinations administered 3 weeks apart.
We encourage you to speak with your Vet about Lepto or Corona Vaccination as some dogs seizure after them.
We also encourage you to visit the Vet Mon-Thursday in the morning
so that should puppy have any reactions, the Vet will still be open.
We also encourage you to space out the Rabies and any other vaccines you get.
I get asked all the time "what product do you recommend for flea, tick and heartworm".
IF you need a product that one dose will take care of everything, then you are looking at Revolution.
What is Revolution?
This once-a-month topical (on-the-skin) treatment is truly a revolutionary idea in parasite protection.
Revolution protects against heartworm, roundworms, hookworms, fleas, ticks, and even mites when used as directed.
Vets wish to have a blood test done before they will give you Revolution. Make sure that if you are on this product that
the following year you don't pay for blood work to be repeated since you were never off of the product why would you
test for heartworm before you get your product renewed (save some money..).
I want people to keep in mind that applying products and administering vaccines is putting poison
into your puppies system the same time you are compromising their immune system.
That being said, if you live in a location where fleas and ticks and mosquitoes can harm your puppy
you do need to come up with a solution. So we recommend that you do not vaccine when you are
administering other medications. Break it up if at all possible. Also never give Rabies the same time as other vaccines.
Please do not "bombard" your puppy with toxins if at all possible.
We do not have a flea, tick or mosquitoes issue so our dogs are not on any medications or treatments and
because they are breeding we feel this is important for the health of the puppies they produce as well.

Immunological Effects of Vaccines
We used to vaccinate our puppies at 6 weeks of age, 8 weeks of age, 10 weeks of age and a final shot at 12 weeks of age.
The buyer would then vaccinate at 16 weeks of age for the rabies.
Then I found out more about the Rabies Vaccination. What I found out was it is a 3-year protection.
Meaning it is not to be given more than once every three years after 2 doses !
Here my pups were routinely vaccinated every year, plus given a booster and then don't forget that heart worm medication and flea medication.
Wow that is really getting the poor puppy's body to work overtime especially during key growing periods !
Due to recent studies and also health related problems from Vaccinosis (seizures to name one) especially in Weimaraners,
we ask that our puppy buyers..or anyone concerned about their puppies health, to really research vaccination options,
prior to following any vaccination protocol. Remember the Vet you choose is working "FOR" you. You are "their" employer.
You have the ability to choose what is best for your puppy and to find a vet that will work with you,
even if it means less income for the vet.
"Dogs immune systems mature fully at 6 months.
If a modified live virus vaccine is given after 6 months of age, it produces an immunity which is good for the life of the pet (ie: canine distemper, parvo, feline distemper).
If another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the antibodies from the first vaccine neutralize the antigens of the second vaccine and there is little or no effect.
The titer (measurement for amount of antibodies) is not "boosted" nor are more memory cells induced.
"Not only are annual boosters for parvo and distemper unnecessary, they subject the pet to potential risks of allergic reactions and immune-mediated hemolytic anemia.
"There is no scientific documentation to back up label claims for annual administration of MLV vaccines
"Puppies receive antibodies through their mothers milk.
This natural protection can last 8-14 weeks.
Maternal immunity will neutralize the vaccine and little protection (0-38%) will be produced if vaccinated before 7 weeks of age.
Vaccination at 6 weeks will, however, delay the timing of the first highly effective vaccine. Vaccinations given 2 weeks apart suppress rather than stimulate the immune system.
A series of vaccinations is given starting at 7-8 weeks and given 3-4 weeks apart up to 16 weeks of age.
Another vaccination given sometime after 6 months of age (usually at 1 year 4 mo) will provide lifetime immunity.

To follow is Dr. Jean Dodds' latest vaccination protocol
W. Jean Dodds, DVM HEMOPET
938 Stanford Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403
310-828-4804; Fax 310-828-8251
Note: 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


14 weeks


16 -18 weeks (optional)


20 weeks or older, if allowable by law


1 year


1 year




Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Intervet        

                                     Progard Puppy DPV)

Same as above


Same as above (optional)




Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV


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

Heartworm Medication.. .. .. ..
Beyond Bliss Doodles does not give their  dogs Heart worm medication.
Because our  Goldendoodles and Poodles are being used in a breeding program we do not want them to be bombarded with toxins.
There are many negative side effects to any "medication" or foreign substance you introduce into your dog's system.
Heartworm medication, vaccinations, Flea medications are toxins that are absorbed into your dog's system and can be
VERY hard on the liver, stomach and even contribute to Cancer, especially if given at the same time.
it is up to "YOU" the owner weigh the pro's and con's of using any products or chemicals on your puppy.
We did find this great article that hopefully can assist you with deciding about Heartworm Medication:
Getting To The Heart Of Heartworm
by Charlotte Walker
Risk Assessment - for each question there is only one answer, "yes" or "no".
Each question has a value placed next to each answer.
Take the test, add your score and find where you fit in with Charlotte's results.
Is there a high incidence of heartworm in your area? Yes = 0 No = 4
Does your animal get a heartworm blood test every year? Yes = 5 No =2
Do you live near a swampy area? Yes = 1 No = 5
Do you live on a farm? Yes = 2 No = 5
Does your animal have sort hair or lots of exposed skin? Yes = 1 No = 4
Doe he sleep outside at night? Yes = 0 No = 5
Do you apply a natural bug repellent to your dog during bug season? Yes = 5 No = 3
Score: 19 - 33
Your animal is most likely at a low risk for heartworm. He probably doesn't need preventative medication.
Score: 11 - 18
There is some risk of your animal being infected. Keep him indoors at night and apply natural bug repellent to your dog when he's outside.
Score: 0 - 10
Your animal is likely at high risk for heartworm. Do everything you can to protect him from mosquito bites and talk to your vet about a preventative program.
Charlotte added a little information about heartworm:
"Heartworm has been found just about everywhere in the U.S. and Canada, but it's especially in the southeastern regions of the continent.
In the States, the most cases are found along the Mississippi and Ohio River valleys, as well as along the Gulf coast and into Louisiana.
Southwestern Ontario accounts for around 90% of all heartworm cases in Canada, but the disease is also found in other provinces,
notably southern Quebec, southern Manitoba and B.C.'s Okanagan Valley.
Beyond Bliss Doodles does not have our dogs routinely on flea or tick products
we do not have parasites on our dogs or in our area.
IF we did have an issue with fleas I would only administer it until the fleas were gone
as it is important to me to not have too many toxins in our dogs systems.
Dog Vaccinations Be Informed
This is a combo vaccination that covers numerous diseases with one injection. What do all those letters stand for?

D = Distemper: Distemper is a nasty virus that is highly contagious, occurs world wide, and at one time was the leading cause of death in puppies. Young puppies are more susceptible to the virus then adult dogs. You may see signs of an upper respiratory infection with a high fever, the dog may also have neurological signs. This disease is often fatal.

  • H = Hepatitis or Adenovirus-2: This is spread by contact with the urine and feces of infected animals. The virus causes liver and kidney damage, animals that survive may have chronic illness. Symptoms include but are not limited to: fever, lethargy, anorexia, abdominal pain, and bloody diarrhea.
  • L = Leptospirosis: This disease affects the liver and kidneys and is deadly. Animals with this disease are contagious to other animals and humans. A positive dog should be isolated and the caregiver should wear protective clothing and gloves. The disease is spread through contact with urine of infected animals. Dogs with leptospirosis may show signs of lethargy, dehydration, jaundice, and fever.
  • P = Parainfluenza: This is a virus that causes an upper respiratory infection. Dogs usually contract the disease through contact with nasal secretions of infected dogs.
  • P = Parvovirus: This virus attacks the intestinal tract and causes severe vomiting and diarrhea. Parvo is highly contagious, dogs contract the virus through contact with an infected animals stools. Without treatment dogs become dehydrated and weak and often die. This virus is very common and puppies who are not properly vaccinated are often afflicted. Rottweilers and Doberman Pinschers seem to be at greater risk for parvo.
  • C = Corona virus: This virus attacks the intestinal system similar to parvovirus. Infected dogs suffer from vomiting and diarrhea and dehydration. Keep your pet vaccinated and your yard clean to protect your pet.
This is an upper respiratory infection also known as kennel cough. This infection is usually not fatal but is a pain to get rid of. The infection can spread quickly through boarding and grooming facilities and any place dogs congregate. The vaccination can be in the form of a nasal spray or injection. The injection form will need a booster in one month. Your veterinarian can help you decide if this vaccination is necessary for your dog.
Lyme Disease:
This is a tick borne illness. If you live in a wooded area and have a large number of positive Lyme disease cases in your area you should consider this vaccine for your dogs. The deer tick must stay attached to your dog for one to two days in order to transmit the illness, so checking your dog daily for ticks will help prevent Lyme disease, also use a good tick preventative like Frontline and Preventic Tick Collars.
Symptoms include but are not limited to: fever, swollen lymph nodes, and loss of appetite. Talk to your veterinarian if you think your dog should be vaccinated against Lyme disease.
Rabies is a virus that affects the nervous system and is always fatal. There is no known cure for rabies, to confirm a case the brain tissue must be examined. In the United States raccoons, skunks, bats, foxes, and coyotes are the main wild animal hosts for the illness. Symptoms generally include behavior change, difficulty swallowing, hypersalivation, depression - stupor, and hind limp paralysis. The disease is spread through the saliva of infected animals and can be transmitted through a bite or an open wound. Vaccinated pets who are exposed to rabies should be re-vaccinated and observed for 90 days, un-vaccinated pets exposed to rabies should be euthanized or kept isolated for 6 months. Keep all pets current on their rabies vaccinations - this will protect humans and animals.
The latest Rabies vaccination protocol is that after a series of two vaccinations the dog will only need to be revaccinated every 3 years depending on the Rabies Brand of Vaccination. Ask your vet if you can read the label if you are unsure.
Ontario Canada has had a confirmed case of Rabies (via bite from an infected skunk to border collie pups) in January 2008.