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September 1, 2010

How old do puppies have to be to get their shots ?

By sarah from 95204


March 18, 20110 found this helpful

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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June 29, 2018

When can my 12 week old German Shepherd puppy continue his vaccination schedule now that he has been recovered from the Parvo virus for one week?

He had his dhppi injection at 6 weeks.

Many thanks.



June 29, 20180 found this helpful
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Only a vet will be able to help you with this as you may need to wait a little longer due to his past illness.


If he was seeing a vet during his illness then call the vet's office and ask your question as they will have all of his records and can set him up for whatever else he needs as there are more shots than just for Parvo protection.

If he did not see a vet during his illness then you need to call a vet and explain what happened with the Parvo and then let them decide when to set him up for a check-up.

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January 8, 20110 found this helpful

When should puppies get their first set off shots?

By Tonya from Indianapolis


January 10, 20110 found this helpful

Never. Any vaccine has all sorts of poison garbage. Look up and you will see ingredients--mercury-aluminum-antifreeze-animal pus-and endless list of danger. Build the immune system. raw diet is best. Nothing from your local grocery store dog food aisle. See ingredients in the common dog foods. Usual first ingredient is corn. Corn causes allergy and immune shut down. Bad skin. You will buy problems when you buy immune busters. Even science diet usually has corn as first ingredient. You can fix great food at home. Combine at least some raw for health. Common foods can be prepared and portioned. freeze and your pet food bill will be less than buying the poison from your grocery store. Yes, poison.


Euthanized animals from the pounds are being put back into pet food. The Euthanol does not cook out. Google pet food contents and you will heave. Good to prepare foods such as sweet potato,canned jack mackeral, ground turkey, brown rice, veggies(raw and/or cooked. eggs, sweet butter, yogurt (yes often), cottage cheese, lots of ingredients can be found if you google health foods for dogs. When you build the immune system you have natural health. When you vaccinate you destroy the immune system.

Often times the Parvo shot gives Parvo. Rabies shot mandatory if animal control is active in your area. Have to do the rabies? Prepare Thuja (easy to get homeopathic available at lots of health food stores) to be given just before vaccine and for 3 days after. It helps some. Your pal will have a longer life, a healthy life with your good care. You deserve him and he deserves you. Never a better friend.

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January 8, 20110 found this helpful

When do my puppies need their first shots?

By Loran Hedgecoke from TX


Getting First Puppy Shots

Call your vet's office and they will be able to tell you. (11/20/2009)


By Maryeileen

Getting First Puppy Shots

Puppies should not be taken from their mother at such an early age. They should be at least 6 weeks and preferably 8 weeks old. Puppy shots start as soon as you get them, especially parvo, which is a deadly disease in pups. (11/23/2009)

By sue

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September 1, 20100 found this helpful

When do puppies need their shots?

By morayna from Lodi, CA


When Do Puppies Need Shots?

I would say 6-8 weeks old, but I would contact a local vet and discuss this subject with him or her first just to be safe, hope this helps! (03/20/2010)

By Hannah

When Do Puppies Need Shots?

Pretty much I have read several people say, different ages for giving shots to puppies. I understand that breeders give shots differently because they give all at once, and have known what illnesses run in the parents and family tree, but it doesn't mean all puppies would get the same shot schedule as them.


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)


By Beth

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March 16, 20100 found this helpful

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.



When Do Puppies Need Shots?

Please make sure you get the rabies and the parvo shots. Above all, the parvo. I almost lost my Sancho due to getting rabies shot at SPCA before the parvo shot. He contracted parvo at the SPCA we think. Thanks to a wonderful vet we nursed my baby back from his death bed. I never realized just how important a parvo shot could be. It is the difference between life and death. (08/25/2006)

By Mookie9853

When Do Puppies Need Shots?

Puppies need to get their shots at 10 - 11 weeks. The vet will make another appointment for any follow-up shots. (09/01/2006)

By Laurie

When Do Puppies Need Shots?

They should have already been to the vet the day after they were born, then your vet should tell you when to bring them in again. I believe it is around 6 weeks old. Call your vet. Don't rely on online answers. :) (03/22/2007)

By Hound Breeder

When Do Puppies Need Shots?

Well, it really all depends on the mother, the litter, each individual puppy and their environment. Puppy shots are kind of complicated, IMHO. :p My husband and I breed APBTs, and currently have a litter of 7, 5 week 1 day old puppies. Well, it's 12:20am right now, so they are technically 5 weeks 2 days. And we do our shots ourselves, for the most part. If you are going to do your shots yourself, it is important to make sure the puppies still see the vet for regular checkups.

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)

By MommyOfTen

When Do Puppies Need Shots?

I bought my pup from a breeder; the pup I got was one of her adoption puppies; he had all his shots up to date. Now I don't know when he would be due for more. Here is what he got:

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)

By newpupownet

When Do Puppies Need Shots?

I totally agree that immunizations, heartworm meds, flea control, etc., are way overused and over-priced. What ever happened to puppies' immune systems not being mature enough to give shots and worming meds to before 8-10 weeks of age? I've had at least 3 vets tell me to wait until they were older, with one saying to start the de-worming at 6 weeks.

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)

By ReignbowTracer Novelties

What is the waiting period after the last

My 17 week old puppy (Cockerpoo) received the last of his puppy shots a few days ago and I'm anxious to get him out there for walks and running with me. How long before the vaccines are in full effect? I keep hearing different information on this. Some say a few days, others a few weeks. Thanks for your help. (02/23/2009)

By floristguy

When Do Puppies Need Shots?

I have 2 puppies, one male and one female Rottweiler mixed with unknown father. They are about 7 weeks old. I am very concerned for them to have their first shots, something that I did not know I had to do as an adoptive person of the puppies. Our animal shelter in NC do not give shots. I was told they had to go to a Vet. I cannot afford it. I was quoted about $140 for one pup. Can you recommend anything else that I might be able to do to immunize these pups? Can I buy my own medications? Thank you for your suggestions. (03/01/2009)

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November 18, 20090 found this helpful

When do you give a puppy shots, if taken from the mother at 4 weeks old?

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