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12 week check up

We went to the vet for our final Parvo shots and weigh in today. Kipper is now 5 pounds, he's doubled his weight since we got him :biggrin: We took him for his first trip outside today and he LOVED it except for the wind (it's really windy here today) and now he is napping on his stuffed polar bear. I have forgotten how much time and work having a baby....oops i mean puppy is-lol

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Sounds like everything is going smoothly. Just remember to separate the rabies shot from any of the others by at least three weeks. Don't let the vet tell you otherwise.

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Ok now I'm curious since I've not heard of this before and I am sure you are going to have an article about this lol.....why do you want to separate the rabies shot from the other shots by at least 3 weeks?
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Sounds like everything is going smoothly. Just remember to separate the rabies shot from any of the others by at least three weeks. Don't let the vet tell you otherwise.
I couldn't agree more. You have to be careful. My vet knows I follow Jean Dobbs recommendations, yet I still get that notice, it's time for shots! I have to call and ask when their last rabies & titer was.... Got keep on your toes guys!





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Kipper only got his last Parvo yesterday and they told me to come back in 3 weeks for his next round of boosters. I have to say that we do love out vet we have been going to them for the past 7 years (one of their first clients/families) and they know how cautious I am with all my "children". I am glad that I read that about seperating shots becuase I had never heard it before. Thanks Dave!!
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We separate all Kodi's shots, just to be cautious. It means a slight added expense for the extra office visits, but the shots can be given by a tech, so you're not paying for the vet's time on the return visits.

We do this for our cat too, who has had vaccine reactions in the past. As long as everything is separated by a minimum of two weeks, she has no reaction at all. We used to have to pre-medicate her with Benadryl to prevent significant reactions. Fortunately, our current vet is aware of the research, and suggested separating the shots even before I asked. (I learned about doing it from getting Kodi, and then was going to ask about doing the cat that way too)


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Our vet must give more shots or the first puppy shots were latter than some. Because both Zoey and Maddie got four sets of shots 3 weeks apart and I think the final one was at 16 weeks?and rabies being given at 6mo.

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I let my Vet talk me into getting the rabies with another shot. I am embarrassed to admit it because I should have known better. Although nothing happened, I would never do it again. I told my husband when we get a second pup, I will not do that again even though we were very fortunate nothing happened.
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I let my Vet talk me into getting the rabies with another shot. I am embarrassed to admit it because I should have known better. Although nothing happened, I would never do it again. I told my husband when we get a second pup, I will not do that again even though we were very fortunate nothing happened.
Well, not EVERY puppy is going to have a bad reaction... the fact is that the majority don't. It's just that YOU don't want to be the one it DOES happen to. Your pup is safely past it this time, and now you know for his one year booster!!!


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yeah definitely separate the rabies . Here is what Sabine says . The reason is that the rabies vaccine is very hard on the immune system, which is made worse if any other vaccines are given at the same time. So if you give a 5-way vaccine (which I would never do) *plus* the rabies shot on the same day, that's a huge assault on the body.

The chance that the dog will have an adverse reaction (not just to the rabies shot, any single one really) increases with each vaccination. So yes, the fact that a dog tolerated its first rabies vaccine says nothing about how well future ones will work out.

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