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Old 09-16-2017, 05:44 AM
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When to start puppy shots?

We picked up a 6 week old puppy yesterday (I know she's too young but circumstances were such that she needed to be picked up). She hasn't had any shots. I'm finding very conflicting info on when we should start shots. Most places say 6-8 weeks which, in regards to a puppy, 2 weeks seems like a big range. I've found information saying that the immunizations are ineffective in young puppies and only start working more towards 12 weeks...?

We aren't planning on taking her out anywhere right now but it makes me nervous. I had a puppy die of parvo when I was a kid and I don't want to put her or my family through that.
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Congratulations on your new addition.

First off, do you have any other pets in your house, and are their vaccinations up to date? Including influenza and bordatella?

Second, have you taken the puppy to a vet yet? If not, you should go immediately, get an initial exam done and set up a vaccination schedule

Here's the recommended schedule. The first set of shots should be done at 6 to 8 weeks.

First-Year Puppy Vaccinations; A Complete Guide - American Kennel Club

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https://www.vetcoclinics.com/resourc...-vaccinations/
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Congratulations on your new addition.

First off, do you have any other pets in your house, and are their vaccinations up to date? Including influenza and bordatella?

Second, have you taken the puppy to a vet yet? If not, you should go immediately, get an initial exam done and set up a vaccination schedule

Here's the recommended schedule.

First-Year Puppy Vaccinations; A Complete Guide - American Kennel Club

and this:

https://www.vetcoclinics.com/resourc...-vaccinations/
We have 2 other dogs who are 6 years old and current on vaccinations. The puppy has a vet appointment scheduled for Tuesday.

Thanks for the links!
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Ok, I'm actually still confused. The AKC link says to start shots between 6-8 weeks and it doesn't even list parvo as a first shot. But when I specifically search for starting parvo shots, it pulls up another AKC page that says to start parvo immunizations at 6 weeks and again at 8 weeks and so on.

Also, I keep reading that the puppies will receive the mother's antibodies for protection...but what if the mother received no vaccinations? She was a stray so it's unlikely that she had any shots.

I know I can just ask the vet all of this at her appointment but I'm an overthinker and I'm terrified by the idea that she might get sick. I was thinking about starting her vaccinations at 8 weeks but now I'm second guessing myself and thinking I should do it now. We aren't taking her out anywhere but I'm worried we might bring germs home.

Just as an insight to my craziness...Poppy didn't finish her breakfast this morning and I immediately started googling parvo symptoms. Ugh. It's been a LONG time since I've had a young puppy and I'm quite the worrier.
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At the vets office I work at we give puppy shot 2 weeks, 4weeks, 6weeks, 8weeks,12weeks and 16 weeks this help fight the Parvo virus. The Parvo shot starts at 6 weeks and the rest are boosters they also have a rabies shot that goes with it also. After 16 weeks they get no more shots tell they are a year old :-):-)
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I would relax a little bit puppies feel what your feeling they are sensitive to you so stay calm if you freak out they will sense something is wrong.
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