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Vaccination Protocol for Cotons


2013 and 2014 Vaccination Protocol ( This is the most current protocol posted, we will update when/if there's a change)

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

9-10 Weeks Old:
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Merck Nobivac [Intervet Progard] Puppy DPV)

14-16 Weeks:
Same as above

20 Weeks or Older (if allowable by law):

1 Year:
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (optional = titer)

1 Year after the initial dose:
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 the Rabies Challenge Fund website.

W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843

Parasite Prevention to Avoid

Trifexis (This product should be taken off the market and never given to a Coton de Tulear, Does Trifexis Kill Dogs?) Advantix has been reported to cause hot spots and blisters on Cotons. Revolution is a topical that should be avoided.



Adverse Reactions

 We see a good deal of adverse reactions in Cotons and small breeds in general. Vaccines, chemicals/poisons/toxins, parasite prevention seems to be causes in an adverse reaction. Stress is also a factor. Most commonly we see a reaction to vaccines with symptoms of lethargy, lack of eating or just plain feeling punk. Other reactions can be more severe such as hemolytic anemia and other autoimmune responses. Generally speaking owners should be aware of these situations and make every step to try to avoid any adverse reaction. Make sure you're not vaccinating for diseases your Coton doesn't need, always make a cost and benefit analysis. If your Coton isn't in daycare or going to the groomers often, don't vaccinate for Bordetella. If you don't live on a ranch and getting into irrigation water don't vaccinate against leptosprirosis. You need to find a veterinarian that follows the Dodds protocol and talk to them about the vaccinations and parasite prevention that is necessary. If you're veternarian insists on giving more than 1 vaccine at a time or will not agree with the 3 year protocol once the Coton has received his 1 year vaccines, find another vet!!

The first line of defense should be following the Dodds vaccination protocol above and NEVER give a Coton more than 1 vaccine at one time. You should also avoid the use of lawn and household chemicals, use of un-prescribed medications and avoiding foods with undesirable additives. Don't give the heartworm or flea prevention around the time the Coton gets a vaccine. Don't vaccinate around the time the Coton has surgery or is sick. Don't double up on negataive or stressful things or situations. Keep in mind most adverse reactions will occur shortly after receiving a vaccine or coming into contact with a toxin but reactions can occur later on and could be brought on by stress. So if all of a sudden your Coton becomes lethargic, it might be that rabies vaccine received a couple of months ago. Always mention this to a vet if something is wrong.

Managing Adverse Reactions and Treating Adverse Reactions