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    What age to puppies get their shots

    We just took in a 5 month old pitbull and the owner said he was to young to have his shots. We have an older pitbull that we rescued at 1 from a shelter so she had shots. Should I take him to get his shots, By the way it is sunday and I can not get a vet on the phone to ask. But first thing Monday this baby is going to the vet.

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    Most will start giving shots as young as 5 weeks. Certainly by 8 weeks.

    This dog should have had all of it's initial shots by now.

    Best of luck to you! Your vet will get you started!

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    If you don't know if it has had it's shots just take him to the vet and tell him that and you can start. Worm him aswell.

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    I'd say first set should be given at 7-8weeks old.(when mom's immunity starts to dwindle,if you give to early,its less effective due to mom's colostrum antibodies still giving some maternal immunity to the pups.) then again at 9-11weeks(puppy booster set),then last set at 12-14 weeks(final puppy set).Followed 2-4 weeks later by a rabies vaccine.I don't get my rabies with the final set of puppy shots.I feel its better to wait 2 weeks,then give the rabies.Most vets will do the rabies at the last set of puppy shots,and some advise to wait until 5-6 months old for rabies.It just depends on local laws,you and your vets preferances.

  5. Quote Originally Posted by verbmac View Post
    We just took in a 5 month old pitbull and the owner said he was to young to have his shots. We have an older pitbull that we rescued at 1 from a shelter so she had shots. Should I take him to get his shots, By the way it is sunday and I can not get a vet on the phone to ask. But first thing Monday this baby is going to the vet.

    I did 6-7,9,12,15-16 weeks etc. I gradually started weaning at a little over 3 weeks because the teeth were killing mom...LOL. But I used the Vanguard that overides any immunities that were there from nursing ( or so it claims to do).
    Last edited by KimJay Pits; 03-05-2010 at 02:17 PM.

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    No wonder why we still see parvo and such.

    VX should be started between 6-8 weeks old and every 3-4 weeks until they have had at least 3 sets or 4 if started at 6 weeks. And according to new research they need to 2 sets after 11 weeks to acquire proper immunity.

    Now 5 weeks is a little young and if they are still nursing then basically the vx was in vain. Because it will interfere with ($#@!uming the mother is properly vaccinated) the immunity passed down from the mother.

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