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Old 04-06-2007, 02:45 PM   #1
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We are thinking about buying a 12 week old puppy , the breeder has not yet got any vaccinations done , is this correct ?

I've got no problem with getting the pup vacinated straight away on the way home from picking up.

I've read online some where that 2 jabs 2 weeks apart are what is needed put it takes time to take affect ?

A little concerned ! Any advice would be greatly appreciated .

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Old 04-06-2007, 02:52 PM   #2
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Hello and welcome to the forum! Great to have you with us! What kind of pup are you considering?

We had 2 jabs 2 weeks apart and the the 3rd a few weeks after that, I believe. I know it was 3 sets of shots (but it could have been 4 ... not sure if the last one was just the lyme disease vaccine along with rabies).

Is this a pedigreed pup? It is quite common for mixed pups to be sent to their new homes without shots; but not recommended as they need to build up immunity. Shots should have started at 6 weeks but you can always start late if that hasn't been done.

If this is a pedigreed pup, I'd be concerned about this breeder's ethics and would look more closely into their reason for breeding. I could go on & on about this subject but it may not be as applicable in this case.
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Welcome to DogFourm.org.

A reputable breeder will have the pup at least vaccinated once before you buy the pup.

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A reputable breeder will have the pup at least vaccinated once before you buy the pup.
Unless......they practice a holistic approach or "natural rearing" philosophy. I know of a few reputable boxer breeders who feed raw from day one (once weaned) and do not vaccinate their pups besides rabies. AND their health guarantee depends on you (the buyer) following through with natural rearing. I would definitely check to see if the breeder is doing this.
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I do not really agree with that, although I am not for over vaccination and some vaccines are useless other are very very important like PARVO for puppies.

Holistic is great but IMHO nothing replaces properly administered vaccinations in puppies.

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Hi Strimmer, I joined this site just before I bought my pup, and got some really helpful advice. I believe I made the right choice through the advice I received here.

My advice is to listen to people here and in the end, do what you feel is right for you.
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I do not really agree with that, although I am not for over vaccination and some vaccines are useless other are very very important like PARVO for puppies.

Holistic is great but IMHO nothing replaces properly administered vaccinations in puppies.
Totally agree...while I believe there is no such thing as a 100% effective form of protection from disease, I am not really ready to buy into that either, on puppies at least. I am with you on the over-vaccination, but parvo is scary, especially here in GA, I don't think I would want to take that leap of holistic faith on a little one.
My point to the OP was to find out if the breeder is doing this, if so, figure out if they are comfortable with it. If not, I would definitely walk away. I believe the latest they should start vacs is 8 weeks old.
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My male Dobe has hypo thyriodism and I beleive that is the result of over vaccination. Something I feel guilty about everyday, I didn't know better was following the advice of my " bad " vet at the time.... I trusted him and learnt a very valuable lesson from that, research yourself before you pick a Vet and also make the decisions for yourself; a Vet is indispensable but not always right.

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That's unfortunate. You are so right though - we put a lot of faith and trust in those that we think are supposed to know what's best, often to find out the opposite.
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