Lifestyle-Based Vaccine Calculator
Veterinarians make vaccination recommendations based on many factors, including the age and the lifestyle of a dog. Below are common lifestyle risk factors that may cause a veterinarian to suggest a specific vaccine. This tool is designed to stimulate conversation between veterinary teams and pet owners, as they work together to create an individualized vaccination protocol for each dog.*
*The information in this website is intended as a guideline only, not an AAHA standard of care. These guidelines and recommendations should not be construed as dictating an exclusive protocol, course of treatment, or procedure. Variations in practice may be warranted based on the needs of the individual patient, resources, and limitations unique to each individual practice setting. Evidence-based support for specific recommendations has been cited whenever possible and appropriate. Other recommendations are based on practical clinical experience and a consensus of expert opinion. Further research is needed to document some of these recommendations. Because each case is different, veterinarians must base their decisions on the base available scientific evidence in conjunction with their own knowledge and experience. Variance between manufacturer recommendations as they are published in the product Package Insert and Task Force recommendations occasionally occur. In each case, Task Force recommendations have been reviewed with the appropriate manufacturer(s).