One a year may be one too many when it comes to vaccinations for dogs. According to an article in Newsday, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) says that traditional “one-size-fits-all” protocols may result in “unnecessary over-stimulation of the immune system” which could pose a risk to pet health.

In its 2002 vaccine report for dogs and cats, the AVMA suggested vaccines should be divided into “core” and “non-core” categories,” according to Newsday.

However, not all veterinarians are heeding the call just yet. It could be old habits and economic factors play a role in delaying the spread of this new thinking in addition to possible legal challenges. As in other areas, the law here is slow to catch up to science. Issues such as vaccine labeling and vaccination requirements for therapy dogs will need review.

To read the American Animal Hospital Association’s complete 2006 Canine Vaccination Guidelines, please visit

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