Dog owner Michael Hays shared that his 13-year-old pooch Charlie was healthy. But, the next day after he got his vaccines, he suddenly weakened.

“He’s just so physically beat up right now that he can’t do much,” Hays said. “This happened after his vaccines and he was fine the day before we did this.”

Hays said he took Charlie to their veterinarian for a rabies vaccination and some core boosters. However, Charlie started acting weird with no energy the next day, even having difficulty going up and down the stairs.

Their veterinarian never had any conclusion as to what could have happened to Charlie, but one expert may have the answer to what could have happened.

In 2003, the American Hospital Association (AAHA) recently revised its vaccination guidelines to make sure that all pets receive only the right amount of medicines their body need and could take.

The vaccination guidelines recommended for veterinarians to vaccinate adult dogs only for every three years.

“That was big going from annually to every three years,” said veterinarian Dr. Judi Keller. “But the reality is maybe they can go longer than that.”

Keller said there’s a blood test that could show if a dog is still protected by the vaccines they have received, which is called an antibody titer test.

“If they’re still protected, if they have a protective level of antibodies, then vaccinating them isn’t benefitting them at all,” she said.

Another thing that is also very important is for every pet owner to keep track of their animal companions’ vaccination records.

For your reference, check this link for everything you need to know about vaccinations: Beware of over-vaccinating

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