All you need to know about Puppy Shots
What if my Puppy Vaccinations do not follow the recommended vaccination schedule?
Puppy vaccinations are begun between 6 and 8 weeks of age because earlier than 6 weeks of age maternal antibody is generally very high and will interfere with the puppy vaccinations. Read more about this in Part One of this series.
- If your puppy begins their puppy vaccinations on-schedule (i.e. 6 to 8 weeks of age) but misses a scheduled puppy vaccination the time between the vaccination series is greater than 6 weeks what should you do?
- If your puppy does not begin their first vaccinations until after 16 weeks of age, again, what should you do?
Maternal antibody, immunity passed along from the mother dog, protects the puppy from that specific disease. However, it also protects the puppy from vaccinations. The maternal antibody protection generally lasts until the puppy is between 8 and 16 weeks of age but, this can be different with each puppy.
So, to be sure that the puppy vaccinations are effective they must be given in a series (every 3-4 weeks) beginning between at 6 and 8 weeks of age and ending at 16 weeks of age.
Missing a vaccination
If the interval between the first two doses exceeds 6 weeks, the 2011 Canine Vaccination Guidelines recommends that a minimum of two additional vaccinations be administered at an interval of 3 to 6 weeks, thereby insuring that the puppy is effectively vaccinated against the disease.
Initial puppy vaccinations after 16 weeks of age
If the initial puppy vaccinations are delayed until after 16 weeks of age the puppy needs to receive two vaccinations 3 to 6 weeks apart. If the interval is longer than 6 weeks between vaccinations, see ‘missing a vaccination’ above.
If you are unsure or have additional questions please ask one of our pet vaccination specialists when you visit our National pet Vax Mobile Animal Hospital.
See you soon, for your Puppy Vaccinations!