(Closed) What is your viewpoint on pet vaccinations?

posted 4 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I trusted my vet. I think most of the yearly shots they got at around 6 months in two separate visits. I think maybe the rabies shot was one visit and they other one that is 3-1 or something at another visit a couple of weeks later. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@greenidlady:  Puppies should be vaccinated every 3-4 weeks from 6-8 weeks of age until 12-16 weeks of age. The high frequency of vaccines is necessary because puppies have antibodies from their mom during early life which render vaccines ineffective. However, it’s impossible to know when an individual puppy loses the protection offered by these maternal antibodies – some lose protection as early as 6 weeks, some not until 16 weeks. Thus, vaccines must be given every 3-4 weeks starting at 6-8 weeks to ensure that the protection from vaccination occurs as soon as possible after the materal antibodies are gone. The vaccine given this frequently is the DA2PP (distemper, adenovirus 2, parainfluenza, & parvovirus). Rabies is given once at 12-16 weeks. All other vaccines are optional and should be discussed with your vet to see if they are indicated for your pet. 

I’ve seen plenty of puppies die from parvovirus, a completely preventable disease – definitely vaccinate!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@greenidlady:  Definitely trust your vet! Vets went to 4 years of undergraduate and 4 years of grad school to be able to give you medical advice. Breeders have no medical training. Plus, when to give a rabies vaccination is actually defined by law in each state (usually 12 weeks, in some states 16 weeks). Sorry to hear your pup is feeling ill – did he get more than one shot today? If so, maybe they can break them up next time and give one shot, then you can return a week later for the other.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I follow the AAFP guidelines. Only the “core” vaccines (FVCRP) and rabies every three years. I do not vaccinate after the age of 12 years old.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@greenidlady:  I’m a vet and I have had many many run-ins with breeders who give horrible advice based on heresay and lack of knowledge. Please do not trust your breeder over a veterinarian for medical opinions. Seriously, there’s some scary rumors out there in breeder circles that are complete nonsense and are sometimes dangerous! Sure, there is the occasional vaccine reaction, most minor, but otherwise there are no risks for the typical vaccines given to dogs. The DA2PP is a very safe vaccine, but if your pup got ill after, you could try pre-medicating with diphenhydramine next time – just call your vet and get a recommendation on a dose, and give it an hour before the next vaccine. Also, request to space all vaccines out by a week apart from now on. 

Please don’t take offense by my stance that breeders should never give medical advice. I just want what is best for your pup, and that is to get quality medical care from a knowledgeable professional! 

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

@trueblue14:  Same. I’ve never had a young puppy though.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@trueblue14:  Yes! Great guidelines to follow! The only change recently though is that there is a 1-year rabies vaccine which is now recommended for cats – no adjuvant, so less risk of vaccine-associated sarcoma. It must be given yearly.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

I think my dog got most of his starter shots at 2 months when I adopted him. He got his rabies at 6 months, I think.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

sorry to thread jack but @bananasareyellow: – how did i not know you were a vet!? i love you even more now. lol 🙂

 

in my area, the rabies vaccine can’t be given before 16 weeks (it can but you won’t be able to get your dog license and will have to get the shot again at 16 weeks). i used to know the puppy vaccine protocol when i worked at a vet but that was over 5 years ago so my memory is getting fuzzy. we have an indoor only cat and he only gets his FVRCP shot. my dog gets a 3 year rabies shot and 3 year DHPP and annually gets the lepto. i’m very pro vaccine because it prevents your pets from getting really, really sick and possibly even dying. i’ve seen puppies get parvo and it’s so sad to see. 

 

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