Talk to me about Puppy Vaccs please(6 Posts)
We pick up our 8 week old puppy on 25/03. She was born on 28/01. She is apparently going to be vaccinated with L2 - first vaccination on 15/03..... What should the schedule be for the vaccinations post the first one on 15/03 and how long after the final vaccination until she can go out properly (not just socialisation with vaccinated 'known' dogs in controlled environment)....Internet search is a bit confusing......
Think it varies. Mine were meant to be at 8 and 12 weeks but the vet agreed to split it so they got second at 10 weeks and L4 at 12 weeks. This meant he could go outside properly at 11 weeks but still to avoid boggy wet areas until the L4 had kicked in at 14 weeks (2 weeks post vaccination)
As a vet assistant I don't vaccinate my dogs at all. I titre test and use nosodes.
As for "boosters" they're a waste of time - you can't 'boost' immunity. It's all for money making.
Vets will tell you not to even let your puppy touch public floor until they're fully vaccinated. Please ignore this otherwise you miss the most crucial period for socialising. My puppy was out and about from the day we got her (8 weeks) with no vaccs. As was my last dog.
Dogs were around thousands of years before vaccinations came along yet they still managed.
Obviously it's a personal choice, most vets will tell you horror stories about how your dog will either die or catch all these nasty diseases if it isn't vaccinated. This isn't true at all.
Highly recommend googling the risks for vaccinations! We treat more animals for the side effects of vaccs than we do animals who haven't had their injections.
sparkling, that's some shocking ignorance there. Humans have also been around for thousands of years, but I'm glad my DC aren't at risk of polio, meningitis etc.
The fact you have had 2 puppies that didn't die of an infectious disease is luck and nothing else. Most people would rather not take the risk. You can socialise a pup perfectly well by ensuring controlled contact with plenty of friendly vaccinated dogs only, and carrying them in public parks. There is more to be said for this method that just heading straight out into public anyway, as you can't ensure the temperament of these unknown dogs and a bad experience at such an early stage could become a problem for life. I agree that, after the puppy vacs, we are often over vaccinating. But you can blame the drug companies for that, not vets. The vets are often just following the datasheet.
OP - to answer your question, the second vac usually takes place 2 weeks after the first. And full protection is usually about 1 week after that. But I suggest you get the vac card from the breeder when you collect, and then call up your vet and tell them exactly what has been given. Good luck with your pup.
With the DHPPiL2 schedule the second vaccination can be given 2 weeks after the first vaccine, but the puppy must be 10 weeks old to have the second vaccine. Not every practice uses the same vaccine do you need to check which your vets use.
Sadly as a vet with far more years experience than I care to admit I have seen far too many puppies and dogs die from the diseases we vaccinate for and in all that time I have seen far fewer vaccine reactions and all, but one of these have been mild and easily resolved.
Im a Vet Nurse, we have L2, often first vacc at 8 weeks, and second vacc at 10 week. We do socialisation in a clean environment from first vaccination, with other puppies and objects.
I can absolutely disagree with Raspberry up there, your pets DO need vaccinated. I have lost one of my own dogs to Lepto and it was awful, you can titre test for the rest, but not for Lepto - so even if you did do this, you're still going to need Lepto boosters each year.
Thank you for getting her vaccinated, it makes me happy that someone isn't going to lose there pet because of ignorance.
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