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    Question first shots for a new puppy

    just wanted to say hello.we are new to this site but look forward to learning more and sharing information.we are new owners to a 8 week old pup he was the "runt" of the liter and was not given much attention,care or love.we decided to become his parents and bring him home with us. upon bringing him home we discovered he had a bad case of fleas and had tapeworms we took him to the vet and he was given medication for the tapeworms and has another appt.for his vaccinations,his previous owners had stated that he already had his shots and was dewormed and was given medication for his fleas. I think that was not the case at all...so we decided to take him in . so my question is if he had already had his shots would giving him a second dose not be a good decision? any help tips or advice would be helpful .thanks,newpupmama

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    Quote Originally Posted by newpupmama View Post
    just wanted to say hello.we are new to this site but look forward to learning more and sharing information.we are new owners to a 8 week old pup he was the "runt" of the liter and was not given much attention,care or love.we decided to become his parents and bring him home with us. upon bringing him home we discovered he had a bad case of fleas and had tapeworms we took him to the vet and he was given medication for the tapeworms and has another appt.for his vaccinations,his previous owners had stated that he already had his shots and was dewormed and was given medication for his fleas. I think that was not the case at all...so we decided to take him in . so my question is if he had already had his shots would giving him a second dose not be a good decision? any help tips or advice would be helpful .thanks,newpupmama
    They would of taken him between 5 to 7 weeks for the first set of shots. They would have the papers from the vet laying somewhere as he is 8 weeks old now. So I wouldn't believe a word they said. It he was on flea meds he wouldn't of been covered from head to toe it would of worked at least a little.

    To answer your question it will not hurt to start his series of shots over again. At worst he will get a extra dose on the third set of shots.
    It will not make him sick. Puppies get a set of shots about two weeks apart three times the first year of their life. Then after that they get a booster shot once a year.

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    If the previous owner said he gave him his shots yet gave you no proof, such as the vet statement or the stickers from the actual shots themselves put onto a piece of paper so you have the bath numbers, then you can bet your hiney that dog wasn't vaccinated at all. Nor was it dewormed. People know to say that they did such because buyers want to here it; however they never do it.

    At 8 weeks of age the dog needs an 8in1 vaccine. Another 8in1 should be done at 12 weeks of age. Another 8in1 and the Rabies vaccine should be done at 16 weeks. And at 20 weeks the dog should get only a Parvovirus booster. And then you're good for a year. And after that year, vaccinate every 2-3 years (except for Rabies....you must follow your state's law on that issue).

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    You did the right thing bringing him right away to a vet. Does not sound like you could trust the word of the previous owners. Worm's are quite common in new puppies, sometimes they are de-wormed more than once, the flea's, I doubt the pup was treated, considering the poor thing was covered from head to toe, and if they didn't give you a record of his shots, they probably were never vaccinated. Doesn't sound like the previous owners cared to much about the litter. Glad to here you rescued him:). He will be ok getting his shots, Bosco went about every 3 weeks for 3 sets. What did you name him? PS oh yeah

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    thanks to all, for the great advice and tips.we took "Baby Kane" in for his first shots today the vet also gave him a dewormer. now, he is on his way to being a healthier pup.I look forward to learning and sharing as a new proud pup mama.thanks,once again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by newpupmama View Post
    thanks to all, for the great advice and tips.we took "Baby Kane" in for his first shots today the vet also gave him a dewormer. now, he is on his way to being a healthier pup.I look forward to learning and sharing as a new proud pup mama.thanks,once again.
    Too bad the breeders were not responsible, lucky the pup has you now.

    Post some pictures asap :)

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