How old do puppies have to be to get their shots ?
By Sarah from 95204
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First shots should beging at 6-8 weeks and every four weeks after until 3 series are complete. During the last set he will also receive his rabies shot (Usually at 16 weeks). And then one a year. A second rabies shot is given one year after the first. Immunitely generally last 7 years after the second shot depending on shot given, make sure you ask your vet how long immunity will last as per kind of shot.
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I would like to know at what ages a puppy needs shots. Mine has had her first shot.
Joyce from Colorado
My dog had puppies and I do not know when to get their first shots. They are about 3 weeks old. They are still with their mother.
JESS from BLOOMINGTON, CA
By Hound Breeder
Now, as I'm sure you know, newborn pups aren't naturally immune to diseases. Though they do have some antibody protection from mom's blood through the placenta. Then, the next level of immunity is from antibodies received from the first milk. Colostrum is the antibody-rich milk produced from the time of birth for up to 36-48 hours. The puppies only receive maternal antibodies (antibodies derived from mom through her blood or colostrum) until they are 2 days. Also, the puppies will only receive antibodies against diseases that the mom had been recently vaccinated against or exposed to.
The antibodies from the mom normally circulate in the newborns blood for a number of weeks. At what age the puppies can effectively be immunized all depends on the amount of antibody protection they received from their mother. If there are high levels of maternal antibodies in the puppies' bloodstream that will block the effectiveness of a vaccine. When the maternal antibodies drop to a low enough level in the puppy, immunization will work.
There is a period of time (the window of susceptibility), that can be anywhere from several days to several weeks, where the maternal antibodies are too low to provide protection against the disease, yet too high to allow a vaccine to work. During the window of susceptibility, even if the puppy has already been vaccinated, it can still contract the disease.
The length of the window of susceptibility is different in every litter, and every individual puppy. To ensure all of our puppies are as protected as possible, we like to give them a combination vaccine at six weeks, and give them boosters every three weeks until the puppy is about sixteen weeks of age, or until they go to their forever homes. I know that a lot of breeders, if not most, will allow their pups to leave at 8 weeks, but we just feel more comfortable keeping them with their mother until they are about 10 weeks. Doing the shots this way means that some puppies will end up being vaccinated when they can't respond and some will end up being vaccinated again, after they have already responded and developed protection. But without doing a test on each puppy, it is impossible to know when the puppy's immune system will be best able to respond.
For puppies that are at high risk of exposure to parvo, some vets recommend getting them vaccinated at 5 weeks. At 6 and 9 weeks, a combination vaccine (or 5-way vaccine, normally includes adenovirus cough and hepatitis, distemper, parainfluenza, and parvovirus) without leptospirosis and with Coronavirus, where coronavirus is a concern. At 12 weeks or older they need to be vaccinated against Rabies. I'm not sure if you do your own shots, but if you do, I would recommend going to the vet for the Rabies vaccination. I think in most places, by law, you have to go to your vet for that. Our vet gives our pups their Rabies vaccinations. At 12 and 15 weeks another combination vaccine, including leptosporosis where leptospirosis is a concern or if you could be traveling to an area where it occurs, including Coronavirus where coronavirus is a concern, and including Lyme, where Lyme disease is a concern or if you could be traveling to an area where it occurs. And then later, of course they will need their adult boosters. I would recommend talking to your vet about a vaccination schedule to fit your puppy/ dog. (01/19/2008)
4 weeks Dewormed pyran 50
5 weeks galaxy 5 (distemper/parvo) and bronchcine (kennel cough) strongid (dewormer)
6 weeks panacur 3 days (dewormer)
8 weeks neopar (triple virus protection Parvo), intra trac 3 (kennel cough) and ivomec
I got him when he was 11 weeks and he came with a health certificate and internal parasite med that I gave to him. He had a vet check the week before I got him and passed with flying colors. Does he need other shots? (02/19/2008)
Also, never use flea control products on young puppies. At least now they've started using a three year rabies vaccine, which is far better than the old every year one. I've also known too many people whose pets (both dogs and cats) have contracted all types of tumors, leukemias, other cancers, epilepsy, and other ailments at young ages, and they were devoted followers of vet orders for vacs, meds, etc.
Luckily, I've been blessed not to ever have had any of those diseases affect my animals. Even when the vet wanted me to keep buying expensive ear meds for one of my dogs, I chose a natural home mixed remedy that worked beautifully and it cleared the ears right up, and she hasn't had another ear problem in 3 years. (04/02/2008)
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When do puppies need their shots?
By Morayna from Lodi, CA
Right now I have adopted 4 Boxer/Pit puppies and their brother who is still with the owner with 2 others. He had his parvo shot just Tuesday and weighed almost 13 lbs. Well he has parvo and is very sick and has lost 8 oz. so all puppies need shots at different timing because none of the same immune system as one another. This week I will be taking my two smallest for shots because they are always getting sick, but, lucky me, they don't have parvo. So you know, they are also 12 weeks old. Now they were dewormed at 6 weeks old and that was so they could eat correctly, grow, and not have any diseases. That comes from the mom so that should always be done at 6 weeks old. Now rabies, I was told by my puppies owner's cousin who works at Banfield Veterinarian, they don't get rabies until 15 weeks old. (05/23/2010)
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