12-11-2015, 12:25 AM
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What country are you in? In the U.S. they need to have at minimum a rabies shot, it's the one that's required by law and the vet has to give it to the dogs the owner is not allowed to. Other then that I'd get distemper and parvo at minimum, lepto may be something else to consider. I'd get them done by the vet because vaccines must be handled correctly and kept cold. It they are allowed to get above a certain temperature, even once, then the vaccine will not work correctly. If cost is a problem ask around about low cost vaccine clinics, where I live Tractor Supply holds them a few times a year.
As far as weight loss. What food are you feeding them? Were they wormed when you took them to the vet? The vet should have done a fecal flotation on both of them to see if they had intestinal worms and prescribed the necessary wormer. Are you finding what looks like grains of rice where they sleep, or small wiggling worm like things in their poo? If you are those are tape worm segments and they can cause weight loss if the worm burden is large enough.