Re: Undecided on Lyme vaccinePosted by: Leslie Hemsing
Posted on: May 10, 2003 at 21:53:22
In Reply to: Undecided on Lyme vaccine
Like you, we familiarized ourselves with the possible reactions, side-effects of the Lyme vaccination as well as the disease itself before making a decision. We also talked to folks who have vaccinated their JRTs (no problems) as well as those whose JRTs were infected and treated for the disease. After careful consideration, we have chosen not to vaccinate our terriers against Lyme disease. (We live in northern VA and travel to MD and PA to attend terrier trials; our terriers are 10 years old.)
Our vet clinic offers a combination-test for heartworm, Lyme and another tick-borne disease whose name escapes me at the moment -- this might be something you want to discuss with your vet. Since your girl does not do well with her annual boosters, I suggest you also talk to him about having her titers (immune levels to disease) checked through a blood test. Since she was just vaccinated, you'll have to wait since her titers will show immunity to the diseases. Still that gives you plenty of time to research the idea... :-)
That's just my opinion...I could be wrong. LOL! I expect the other volunteers will weigh in with their experience regarding the Lyme vaccine and disease so you'll have more information to consider. The only thing I ask is that when you've made your decision, you stop second-guessing yourself -- time spent "fretting" takes away from time spent enjoying your little one...understand?