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Does He need a 3rd set of shots?

Todd got his 2nd set of shots yesterday...actually he had a parvo shot at 5 weeks so I guess that means he's already had 3 sets but the Vet has him scheduled for another set at the beginning of Sept.
Is it really necessary to have so many shots?
I don't want to go crazy with the vaccinations if they aren't needed but I also don't want to risk parvo.

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5 weeks is really young to get the first set. If I'm correct in remembering this, if it's under 8 weeks those shots don't count. I could be wrong, but I think that's how it works and why Todd would need yet another shot now.


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Yes, because his first set was done at too young of an age, he will need another set of shots~
I vaccinate my puppies starting at 9 weeks so they will only need a series of 3 shots instead of 4~


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Eva, I posted in another thread - but yes, follow your vets advice. About 25% of puppies have immunity after the first shots but some may need the series of four. They just are never sure which ones have immunity - you can do titer testing but some say even that is un-reliable.

You can search for Dr. Jean Dobbs protocol - she's considered the authority and someone I'd highly recommend. Kimberly posted a copy of it in one of the threads.


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Thanks guys,
So does that mean that I shouldn't take him anywhere public until after his September shots?
We're planning on going camping Labor Day weekend..is it safe to take him?
How long after the 3rd set would he have immunity and be safe to be out and about?

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[QUOTE=Lina;166001]5 weeks is really young to get the first set. If I'm correct in remembering this, if it's under 8 weeks those shots don't count.QUOTE]

Yep I'm pretty sure that's right too.
I'm not sure why she gives such an early parvo shot but that she does. Seems kinda silly to vaccinate when it won't do anything...oh well..too late now.

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Eva, supposedly once they've had two shots at the appropriate ages, it should be okay to let Todd be around areas like where you are camping. Just remember that he hasn't had rabies yet and it may not be the best idea if you've got a high rabies issue. I met one puppy that had been bit and had to spend six months in isolation at the vets. It was very, very sad.


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Oh good..I'd hate to have to cancel our camping trip.
We usually camp A LOT during the summer but with the new puppy we've only gone camping three times and that was before he came home in mid July.
He'll be sleeping in the 5th wheel with us and I'll have a x-pen set up for him.
Rabies is virtually unheard of around here and so he should be fine.

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