American Hairless Terrier

Vaccine Information

Disclaimer:  We are not Vets and this info is not intended, in any way, to take the place of the advice from your Vet. 

This information is based on our Vet’s beliefs, the education he provided us, and our research on the subject.

Our current vaccine schedule follows that of Dr. Jean Dodd’s, except that we give the first set of shots at age 8 wks prior to the pup’s departure from our home.



To Contact Dr. Jean Dodds:

Home Office: (Mon/Tues/Fri)                            Hemopet Office: (Wed/Thurs)
Phone 310/ 828-4804 –Pacific Time                  Phone: 714-891-2022 –Pacific Time
Fax: 310/ 828-8251                                            Fax: 714-891-2123
938 Stanford St.                                                11330 Markon Dr
Santa Monica, CA 90403 USA                           Garden Grove, CA 92841 USA

Please Note: Callers need to be considerate, and in an Emergency, — explain it clearly– because Dr. Dodds may be near the answering machine. When dealing with a non-emergency situation, please don’t call between 8 pm and 8 am Pacific Time, and also Friday night thru Saturday night.

Dr Jean Dodds: “This schedule is the one I recommend and should NOT be interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgement and choice.”

For breeds or families of dogs susceptible to or effected with immune dysfunction, immune-mediated disease, immune-reactions associated with vaccinations (AHTs fall into this category), or autoimmune endocrine disease (e.g., thyroiditis, Addison’s or Cushing’s disease, diabetes, etc.), the following protocol is recommended:

Age of Pups
Vaccine Type
9-10 weeks
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Merck Nobivac [Intervet Progard] Puppy DPV)
14-16 weeks
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Merck Nobivac [Intervet Progard] Puppy DPV)Total of 2 doses ONLY

She used to recommend 3 doses

20 weeks or older

  Rabies Vaccine

1 year post 2nd admininstration
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (optional = titer)
1 year post rabies administration
give 3-4 weeks apart from Dist/Parvo booster) Killed 3 year rabies vaccine

MLV=modified-live virus

After 1 year, annually measure serum antibody titers against specific canine infectious agents such as distemper and parvovirus. This is especially recommended for animals previously experiencing adverse vaccine reactions or breeds at higher risk for such reactions (e.g., American Hairless Terrier, Weimaraner, Akita, American Eskimo, Great Dane).

Dr. Dodds uses only killed 3 year rabies vaccine for adults and give it separated from other vaccines by 3-4 weeks. In some states, they may be able to give titer test result in lieu of booster.

Dr. Dodds does NOT use Bordetella, corona virus, leptospirosis or Lyme vaccines unless these diseases are endemic in the local area pr specific kennel. Futhermore, the currently licensed leptospira bacterins do not contain the serovars causing the majority of clinical leptospirosis today.

Do NOT recommend vaccinating bitches during estrus, pregnancy or lactation. Do not vaccinate during times of stress such as: surgery, travel, illness or infection. 

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.



Vaccination Newsflash: Crossposting from: Dr. Ihor Basko VACCINATION NEWSFLASH Re: J Dodd’s vaccine protocol I would like to make you aware that all 27 veterinary schools in North America are in the process of changing their protocols for vaccinating dogs and cats. Some of this information will present an ethical & economic challenge to vets, and there will be sceptics. Some organizations have come up with a political compromise suggesting vaccinations every 3 years to appease those who fear loss of income vs those concerned about potential side effects. Politics, traditions, or the doctor’s economic well-being should not be a factor in medical decision. NEW PRINCIPLES OF IMMUNOLOGY “Dogs and cats immune systems mature fully at 6 months. If a modified live virus vaccine is given after 6 months of age, it produces immunity, which is good for the life of the pet (ie: canine distemper, parvo,feline distemper). If another MLV vaccine is given a year later, the antibodies from the first vaccine neutralize the antigens of the second vaccine and there is little or no effect. The titer is not “boosted” nor are more memory cells induced. “Not only are annual boosters for parvo and distemper unnecessary, they subject the pet to potential risks of allergic reactions and immune-mediated haemolytic anaemia. “There is no scientific documentation to back up label claims for annual administration of MLV vaccines “Puppies receive antibodies through their mothers milk. This natural protection can last 8-14 weeks. Puppies & kittens should NOT be vaccinated at LESS than 8 weeks. Maternal immunity will neutralize the vaccine and little protection (0-38%) will be produced. Vaccination at 6 weeks will, however, delay the timing of the first highly effective vaccine. Vaccinations given 2 weeks apart suppress rather than stimulate the immune system. A series of vaccinations is given starting at 8 weeks and given 3-4 weeks apart up to 16 weeks of age. Another vaccination given sometime after 6 months of age (usually at 1 year 4 mo) will provide lifetime immunity.” Giant Regards, Deb Stover <>< G.I.A.N.T. Schnauzer Rescue Network webmaster/publisher/owner Founder/ Free to crosspost, but please include ALL the information including author information. 

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