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Our Guarantee To You

  • Your puppy is guaranteed to be in good health and to have received proper vaccinations for its age, to be free of internal and external parasites, and to be accompanied with documentation of medical care.  Dewclaws will be removed.  If so desired, ears will be cropped at seven weeks.  Puppies will be ready to take home at eight weeks.  We ask that you take the pup to your vet for a health check within five days and report the results to us.
  • Your puppy is guaranteed to be free of genetic or hereditary health defects (as can be reasonably discovered at the time of purchase) for two years following the date of purchase.  These include hip dysplasia, cardiomyopathy, and thyroid disease.  We will request that our vet confirm the diagnosis before the guarantee will be honored.  If your pup is diagnosed with a genetic or hereditary health defect during this time, we will reimburse the cost of vet care related to treating the defect up to the purchase price of the puppy or the puppy may be returned for a full refund.  In the event of death of a puppy due to a genetic defect, we will replace the puppy from the next available litter if so desired or refund the purchase price.
  • In the case of contagious or infectious disease (parvovirus, kennel cough, etc.), we will refund the cost of vet expenses related to treating the puppy's illness up to the price of the puppy if diagnosed within the first ten days after purchase or the puppy may be returned for a full refund.
  • Bloat is not covered under our guarantee nor is any illness believed to be related to overfeeding, feeding high amounts of protein or oversupplementing with vitamins.  Complications related to vaccines and overvaccinating is also not covered.  You will be given a puppy packet with the recommended vaccination protocol to be followed.
  • Many disorders have been linked to improper feeding.  Your puppy packet will include feeding recommendations which should be followed to ensure the optimum health of the puppy.
  • If you choose to crop your puppy, complications from ear cropping and taping are not covered under this contract.  We are happy to assist you with taping and might be able to locate someone in your area who is also experienced with ear taping.
  • Puppies sold as companions will be spayed or neutered at 12 months of age for females and by 18 months for males.  They will only be sold with AKC limited registration which precludes the registration of any litters resulting from the breeding or use at stud of this dog.  If, at a later date, you are interested in showing this pup, we can reissue a full registration provided that the pup meets AKC conformation standards for the show ring.  The penalty for breeding a pet home pup will be $1800 per puppy delivered or sired. 
  • Puppies sold as "show potential" means that the pup appears to be free of disqualifying faults as noted in the Great Dane Club of America Standard.  Because many factors contribute to a dog's success in the show ring, this is in no way a guarantee that this puppy will achieve his/her championship.  We may require a co-ownership agreement so as to ensure that the puppy is shown to the best of your ability and to guide the buyer in any decisions relating to the breeding or use at stud of this dog. 
  • We prefer to meet all buyers in person and invite you to arrange to visit us at home.
  • We will offer lifetime support to you and your puppy.  This includes the return of the puppy to us if you find yourself no longer able to care for the puppy.  NO PUPPY SHOULD BE SOLD TO ANOTHER PARTY WITHOUT OUR EXPRESS PERMISSION AND, UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES, SHOULD ONE OF OUR PUPPIES BE TURNED OVER TO A RESCUE GROUP OR DOG POUND.
  • Details of all of the above will be provided in our contract which must be signed before the puppy leaves our home.

Dr. Jean Dodds' Vaccine Protocol



W. Jean Dodds, DVM
938 Stanford Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403
310-828-4804; Fax 310-828-8251

e-mail: hemopet AT hotmail.com (omit "AT and spaces when emailing, also, insert @ symbol)

Note: The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It's a matter of professional judgment and choice.

Age of Pups          Vaccine Type

9 - 10 weeks          Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Intervet 
          Progard Puppy DPV)

14 weeks          Same as above

16 -18 weeks (optional)          Same as above (optional)

20 weeks or older, if allowable by law         Rabies

1 year          Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV

1 year          Rabies, killed 3-year product
          (give three to four weeks apart from distemper/parvovirus booster)

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.


This thought-provoking article by Dr.. Jean Dodds, provides valuable information regarding making informed decisions about vaccinating your animal companion.


W. Jean Dodds, DVM
938 Stanford Street
Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 828-4804; FAX (310) 828-8251

The challenge to produce effective and safe vaccines for the prevalent infectious diseases of humans and animals has become increasingly difficult. In veterinary medicine, evidence implicating vaccines in triggering immune-mediated and other chronic disorders (vaccinosis) is compelling. While some of these problems have been traced to contaminated or poorly attenuated batches of vaccine that revert to virulence, others apparently reflect the host’s genetic predisposition to react adversely upon receiving the single (monovalent) or multiple antigen “combo” (polyvalent) products given routinely to animals. Animals of certain susceptible breeds or families appear to be at increased risk for severe and lingering adverse reactions to vaccines.

The onset of adverse reactions to conventional vaccinations (or other inciting drugs, chemicals, or infectious agents) can be an immediate hypersensitivity or anaphylactic reaction, or can occur acutely (24-48 hours afterwards), or later on (10-45 days) in a delayed type immune response often caused by immune-complex formation. Typical signs of adverse immune reactions include fever, stiffness, sore joints and abdominal tenderness, susceptibility to infections, central and peripheral nervous system disorders or inflammation, collapse with autoagglutinated red blood cells and jaundice, or generalized pinpoint hemorrhages or bruises. Liver enzymes may be markedly elevated, and liver or kidney failure may accompany bone marrow suppression. Furthermore, recent vaccination of genetically susceptible breeds has been associated with transient seizures in puppies and adult dogs, as well as a variety of autoimmune diseases including those affecting the blood, endocrine organs, joints, skin and mucosa, central nervous system, eyes, muscles, liver, kidneys, and bowel. It is postulated that an underlying genetic predisposition to these conditions places other littermates and close relatives at increased risk. Vaccination of pet and research dogs with polyvalent vaccines containing rabies virus or rabies vaccine alone was recently shown to induce production of antithyroglobulin autoantibodies, a provocative and important finding with implications for the subsequent development of hypothyroidism (Scott-Moncrieff et al, 2002).

Vaccination also can overwhelm the immunocompromised or even healthy host that is repeatedly challenged with other environmental stimuli and is genetically predisposed to react adversely upon viral exposure. The recently weaned young puppy or kitten entering a new environment is at greater risk here, as its relatively immature immune system can be temporarily or more permanently harmed. Consequences in later life may be the increased susceptibility to chronic debilitating diseases.

As combination vaccines contain antigens other than those of the clinically important infectious disease agents, some may be unnecessary; and their use may increase the risk of adverse reactions. With the exception of a recently introduced mutivalent Leptospira spp. vaccine, the other leptospirosis vaccines afford little protection against the clinically important fields strains of leptospirosis, and the antibodies they elicit typically last only a few months. Other vaccines, such as for Lyme disease, may not be needed, because the disease is limited to certain geographical areas. Annual revaccination for rabies is required by some states even though there are USDA licensed rabies vaccine with a 3-year duration. Thus, the overall risk-benefit ratio of using certain vaccines or multiple antigen vaccines given simultaneously and repeatedly should be reexamined. It must be recognized, however, that we have the luxury of asking such questions today only because the risk of disease has been effectively reduced by the widespread use of vaccination programs.

Given this troublesome situation, what are the experts saying about these issues? In 1995, a landmark review commentary focused the attention of the veterinary profession on the advisability of current vaccine practices. Are we overvaccinating companion animals, and if so, what is the appropriate periodicity of booster vaccines ? Discussion of this provocative topic has generally lead to other questions about the duration of immunity conferred by the currently licensed vaccine components.

In response to questions posed in the first part of this article, veterinary vaccinologists have recommended new protocols for dogs and cats. These include: 1) giving the puppy or kitten vaccine series followed by a booster at one year of age; 2) administering further boosters in a combination vaccine every three years or as split components alternating every other year until; 3) the pet reaches geriatric age, at which time booster vaccination is likely to be unnecessary and may be unadvisable for those with aging or immunologic disorders. In the intervening years between booster vaccinations, and in the case of geriatric pets, circulating humoral immunity can be evaluated by measuring serum vaccine antibody titers as an indication of the presence of immune memory. Titers do not distinguish between immunity generated by vaccination and/or exposure to the disease, although the magnitude of immunity produced just by vaccination is usually lower (see Tables).

Except where vaccination is required by law, all animals, but especially those dogs or close relatives that previously experienced an adverse reaction to vaccination can have serum antibody titers measured annually instead of revaccination. If adequate titers are found, the animal should not need revaccination until some future date. Rechecking antibody titers can be performed annually, thereafter, or can be offered as an alternative to pet owners who prefer not to follow the conventional practice of annual boosters. Reliable serologic vaccine titering is available from several university and commercial laboratories and the cost is reasonable (Twark and Dodds, 2000; Lappin et al, 2002; Paul et al, 2003; Moore and Glickman, 2004).

Relatively little has been published about the duration of immunity following vaccination, although new data are beginning to appear for both dogs and cats.

Our recent study (Twark and Dodds, 2000), evaluated 1441 dogs for CPV antibody titer and 1379 dogs for CDV antibody titer. Of these, 95.1 % were judged to have adequate CPV titers, and nearly all (97.6 %) had adequate CDV titers. Vaccine histories were available for 444 dogs (CPV) and 433 dogs (CDV). Only 43 dogs had been vaccinated within the previous year, with the majority of dogs (268 or 60%) having received a booster vaccination 1-2 years beforehand. On the basis of our data, we concluded that annual revaccination is unnecessary. Similar findings and conclusions have been published recently for dogs in New Zealand (Kyle et al, 2002), and cats (Scott and Geissinger, 1999; Lappin et al, 2002). Comprehensive studies of the duration of serologic response to five viral vaccine antigens in dogs and three viral vaccine antigens in cats were recently published by researchers at Pfizer Animal Health ( Mouzin et al, 2004).

When an adequate immune memory has already been established, there is little reason to introduce unnecessary antigen, adjuvant, and preservatives by administering booster vaccines. By titering annually, one can assess whether a given animal’s humoral immune response has fallen below levels of adequate immune memory. In that event, an appropriate vaccine booster can be administered.


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Table 1. “Core” Vaccines *


* Vaccines that every dog should have


Table 2. Adverse Reaction Risks for Vaccines *

“There is less risk associated with taking a blood sample for a titer test than giving an unnecessary vaccination.”

* Veterinary Medicine, February, 2002.


Table 3. Titer Testing and Vaccination *

“While difficult to prove, risks associated with overvaccination are an increasing concern among veterinarians. These experts say antibody titer testing may prove to be a valuable tool in determining your patients’ vaccination needs.”

* Veterinary Medicine, February, 2002.


Table 4. Vaccine Titer Testing *

“Research shows that once an animal’s titer stabilizes, it is likely to remain constant for many years.”

* Veterinary Medicine, February, 2002.