What is Lucky's Challenge?

What is Lucky's Challenge?

Lucky's Challenge was developed to share information and experiences related to adverse reactions caused by vaccines. Our goal is to provide easy access to valuable resources concerning the health and safety of our dogs. Over-vaccinating can lead to a variety of health problems so you should discuss lifestyle and risk factors with your veterinarian to determine a vaccine schedule that is best for your pet. A trusted vet should not believe in vaccinating every pet for every disease.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Maddie's Fund - Saving Lives With Antibody Titer Tests

Please join Maddie's Fund and Maddie's® Institute for a free webcast with Ronald Schultz, MS, PhD, ACVM, on "Saving Lives With Antibody Titer Tests" on Thursday, September 8, 2011, at 9 PM Eastern/8 PM Central/7 PM Mountain/6 PM Pacific.

Maddie's Fund - Saving Lives With Antibody Titer Tests

Sunday, August 14, 2011

States consider controlling rabies vaccination intervals - VIN

States consider controlling rabies vaccination intervals - VIN

Dog Vaccination Information

Dogs with unknown vaccination histories (rescue or shelter dogs)
For a rescue dog with an unknown vaccine history, the first choice would be to run antibody titers, particularly if it is an older dog. Otherwise, with a healthy dog, Dr. Robert Schultz would recommend vaccinating for parvo, distemper, adenovirus, and rabies. A conservative approach is to give two doses of CPV, CDV, and CAV, three to four weeks apart. However, one dose is considered protective and acceptable in a dog over sixteen weeks of age, according to Schultz’ research.

The rabies vaccine would be administered per state law (typically an initial dose, followed by another one year later, then on a three-year schedule). A dog coming in with a known vaccine history should not immediately be re-vaccinated; use the three-year time frame from the date of the last vaccine, or better yet, run a titer, especially if there is doubt about the validity of the shot records.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

What's Your Dog's Complete Blood Count (CBC) Diagnosis?

When Lucky became sick the first step in his diagnosis was to run a CBC. Afterwards, I started hearing terms such as WBC, RBC, Thrombocytes, Reticulocytes, PCV or hemacrit and I not only needed to know what they meant but what is normal, what is low and when a transfusion may be needed. This article is a great resource that answers those questions and much more. I've included this article in Lucky's Pages here on the blog so you'll always have quick access to it.


Monday, August 1, 2011


I submitted questions to Lenny Small, Marketing Manager of Biogal Galed Labs about VacciCheck. It is the only in house titer test available. Be informed before you talk to your veterinarian.

Lucky's Challenge: VacciCheck