We vaccinate our puppies between the ages of six to seven weeks. They receive a 5in1 starter shot which is for parvo, distemper, adenovirus (type 1 and 2), and parainfluenza. Prior to this age, a puppy has no immune system and relies solely on antibodies from their mothers’ colostrum which is ingested in the first twenty-four hours of life. It is critical that they ingest as much as possible and that mom is boostered regularly, because she can only pass on antibodies for what she has been recently vaccinated for. Our puppies are completely isolated from all dogs (other than mom) and people (except immediate family) until they receive their first vaccination. This is to minimize the risk of exposure to communicable disease. Once they receive their first vaccination, we introduce them to the great outdoors and to their extended dog family. At this time interested families are also welcome to come and interact with puppies to make their selections.
A puppy’s immune system is not fully
functional until they receive a complete series of vaccinations.
Some veterinarians believe three sets is sufficient, but we
strongly recommend four sets, three weeks apart. For example, if
puppy receives their first set at seven weeks, their next sets
will be at ten, thirteen, and fifteen weeks of age. It is very
important to get puppy their shots as close to the day that they
are due. If you are off by more than a few days, you are not only
risking puppy’s health, but may have to completely start over.
Please do not get puppy the same 5in1 shot for the rest of their
vaccinations. There are more than five viruses your puppy should
be vaccinated for. For example, corona virus is much like parvo,
although slightly less devastating. It is included in a 6in1 shot.
Make sure your puppy receives at least one corona vaccination. It
is a nasty virus that can easily be made less severe by
vaccinating for it. There are also 7in1, 9in1, and even 10in1
vaccinations (these usually contain lepto strains). Rabies and
Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccinations are also necessary and are
usually administered when puppy receives their final set of shots.
Vaccinate for as many things as possible as age permits. In this
way, your puppy’s immune system will learn to handle multiple
viral and bacterial strains. Should they ever encounter them,
their immune system will be ready to mount an appropriate defense.
There are even rattlesnake vaccines. They are costly, but can save
your puppy’s life and are definitely worth it especially if you
live in the country or plan on bringing puppy to places where
snakes are common. Vaccinating on time and for as many viruses as
possible is extremely important and essential for your puppy’s
health and well-being.