Puppies receive antibodies through their mother’s milk. This natural protection can last 8 - 14 weeks. Puppies & kittens should NOT be vaccinated at LESS than 8 weeks. Maternal immunity will neutralize the vaccine and little protection (0-38%) will be produced.
Vaccination at 6 weeks will, however, DELAY the timing of the first highly effective vaccine.
** PLEASE DO NOT LET YOUR VETERINARIAN CONVINCE YOU TO OVER VACCINATE YOUR PUPPY!!
Our Canine Vaccination Protocol:
9 Weeks: Parvovirus - NeoVac NeoPar
Distemper - NeoVac DA2
Adenovirus Type 2
12 Weeks: NeoVac NeoPar
Adenovirus Type 2
16 Weeks: NeoVac NeoPar
NeoVac DA2Adenovirus Type 2
Rabies - 24 weeks or older.
Distemper + Parvovirus, (optional = titer) - 12 months
Rabies - killed 3-year product (give 3-4 weeks apart from distemper/parvovirus booster) - 12 months or older
Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian.
In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request. See Rabies Challenge Fund. http://www.rabieschallengefund.org
Vaccines Not Recommended;
Distemper & Parvo - @ 6 weeks or younger - not recommended.
At this age, maternal antibodies from the mother’s milk (colostrum) will neutralize the vaccine and only 38% of puppies will be protected.
Corona – not recommended
1.) Disease only affects dogs 6 weeks of age.
2.) Rare disease: TAMU has seen only one case in seven years.
3.) Mild self-limiting disease.
4.) Efficacy of the vaccine is questionable.
Leptospirosis - not recommended
1) There are an average of 12 cases reported annually on the west coast.
2) Side effects common.
3) Most commonly used vaccine contains the wrong serovars. (There is no cross-protection of serovars) There is a new vaccine with 2 new serovars. Two vaccinations twice per year would be required for protection.).
4) Risk outweighs benefits.
Lyme - not recommended
1) Low risk on west coast.
2) 85% of cases are in 9 New England states and Wisconsin.
3) Possible side effect of poly arthritis from whole cell bacteria.
Bordetella - (Intranasal) (killed) - only recommended 3 days prior to boarding when required.
Protects against 2 of the possible 8 causes of kennel cough.
Duration of immunity 6 months.