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Vaccinating with Moderation in Mind | German Shepherd Dogs and Vaccines

But before you rush out to get your German Shepherd dog vaccinated, it’s a good idea to get another perspective from “across the aisle.” An increasing number of veterinarians and dog lovers are objecting to vaccinating their dogs – or, at least, to vaccinating them unnecessarily. Too many veterinarians, they argue, advocate for annual shots in complying with the AMVA’s official guidelines, and in doing so, are in fact harming the dogs in question, even as they line the coffers of vaccine manufacturers with profits. Many anti-vaccination advocates stress the potential side effects of vaccination. While smaller dogs are more susceptible to adverse reactions to vaccination, German Shepherd dogs, too, are not immune to potential short-term side effects, such as shock, vomiting, swelling, or lethargy, or even long-term effects like epilepsy, allergies, autoimmune diseases, digestive problems, or even the very disease the vaccine was designed to prevent, all of which anti-vaccination activists point to as potential outcomes of unnecessary vaccination.

Few anti-vaccine activists, however, would argue in favor of getting rid of vaccines altogether. Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, and Rabies are all diseases that require vaccination – diseases that, though survivable, are often fatal. Yet even in this case, vaccinations should not require annual “boosters” – “overkill” of vaccination may in fact result in a number of negative side effects. On the other hand, a disease like Kennel Cough – which is generally mild and goes away on its own – may not require a vaccine that may do more harm than good.

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