Q. I disagree with yearly boosters, as I feel it weakens their immunity. However, are the first puppy jabs vital?
A. All vaccines are vital, otherwise you predispose your dog to fatal diseases. Most vaccines are only yearly for the first year and then they are usually effective for 3 years. This is in regard to the Rabies and Distemper vaccine. It may be important to have your dog also immunized for Lyme disease, Bordetella, and/or Leptospirorsis - these vaccines are yearly but only given depending on your geological location and lifestyle. If you do not want to vaccinate your dog as often, have titers performed. These are blood tests that determine how well protected your dog is against a disease based off of their antibody levels.