Injections General Chat

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  1. Rebecca Horne

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    Is this dog breed have the same as time of injection just mine is 9 weeks and breeder saying she won't need any for another 12weeks?
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    I would ask your vet as another 12 weeks seems rather a long time to me, especially as I do not think you should take a puppy out until it has had all its puppy shots.
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    I spoke to vets they said any where between 8 weeks old for first the bout 11/12 for second it just seems odd to me why his say this x
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    That sounds like age 8 weeks for the first shot and age 11/12 weeks for the second. Not another 12 weeks from now as you say the breeder said, because that would mean your puppy would be nearly five-months-old before she has completed her puppy shots.

    I believe that the protocol now is that only two puppy shots are required whereas it used to be three, but for the puppy to be nearly five-months-old before having the second shot just seems rather strange to me.
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    Perhaps your breeder has just phrased it badly.
    The information your vet has given you is what the majority of people do. When I bred, I used to vaccinate my puppies at 9 weeks, with their second dose 2 - 3 weeks later.
    However, some breeders now believe that it is possible for the puppy's own maternal immunity to interfere with the uptake of the vaccination. These breeders are either titre testing their puppies to assess the level of immunity before vaccinating, (certainly not cheap), or keeping puppies within their own home/kennel environment until the time that maternal immunity will have faded - usually around 10 - 12 weeks.
    The problem for the new owner is that they really need to start to taking their puppy out to experience new sights and sounds as early as possible. There is nowhere near the same amount of inter-dog activity taking place in a private home as their would be in a kennel situation, so the controlled meeting of other dogs is important too.
    On balance, I think I would be inclined to go with your vet's recommendation. This is a large breed puppy, which is going to need to be well socialised, and trying to keep him away from ground that is used by other dogs until his vaccine has taken effect is going to prove very difficult.

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