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Can one vaccinate a puppy at 4 weeks?
« on: November 02, 2019, 07:11:47 am »
House please, is it wrong to vaccinate your puppy at 4 weeks?

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Re: Can one vaccinate a puppy at 4 weeks?
« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2019, 07:33:52 am »
House please, is it wrong to vaccinate your puppy at 4 weeks?
At 4 weeks of age a breast fed pup, especially one that benefited from mum's first milk (colostrum), will still have enough of mum's antibodies and these antibodies will neutralize any vaccine given at that age, hence rendering the vaccine noneffective, or at least reduces the vaccine's effectiveness.

At 6 weeks however, most of mum's antibodies in the pup are depleted, hence this is the best time to start vaccination.

That being said, on certain occasions it may be better to vaccinate at 4 weeks instead of 6 weeks. For instance, an orphaned pup that never had colostrum is better vaccinated earlier at 4 weeks, but such instances are the exception rather than the rule.

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Re: Can one vaccinate a puppy at 4 weeks?
« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2019, 07:41:59 am »
At 4 weeks of age a breast fed pup, especially one that benefited from mum's first milk (colostrum), will still have enough of mum's antibodies and these antibodies will neutralize any vaccine given at that age, hence rendering the vaccine noneffective, or at least reduces the vaccine's effectiveness.

At 6 weeks however, most of mum's antibodies in the pup are depleted, hence this is the best time to start vaccination.

That being said, on certain occasions it may be better to vaccinate at 4 weeks instead of 6 weeks. For instance, an orphaned pup that never had colostrum is better vaccinated earlier at 4 weeks, but such instances are the exception rather than the rule.
Thanks doc, always on point.

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Re: Can one vaccinate a puppy at 4 weeks?
« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2019, 08:06:51 am »
House please, is it wrong to vaccinate your puppy at 4 weeks?
@DrRan couldn't have said it any better. Except the situation warrants early vaccination, the ideal age to commence vaccination for puppies is 6 weeks.

 

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