Vaccination Protocol for Puppies
For Dr. Doolittle’s vaccination protocol she follows the teachings of Veterinary Immunologist Dr. Ronald D. Schultz of the University of Wisconsin. The core vaccinations that every puppy should have are Parvovirus, Distemper and Rabies. Adenovirus is a vaccine that some feel should be done, while others feel it is not necessary. At this time Dr. Doolittle is not completely advising to give the Adenovirus because Dr. Schultz does not feel it is necessary, but if it is in the 3-way vaccine then that is acceptable.
- At 14-16 weeks of age give the three-way core vaccine (Adenovirus, Parvovirus and Distemper ONLY), or do the two core vaccines Parvovirus and Distemper as separate single vaccinations (can be done together or separated by 1-2 weeks).
- Wait a month or so and pull a titer (which is a blood test) to test for immunity. If the titer comes back with any positive immunity shown, then the animal is protected. This protection will last in the animal’s body for at least seven years.
- If one or more of the core vaccinations do not show immunity yet, booster for only those vaccines needed.
- At six months the rabies vaccine should be given.
- At one year old pull blood titers again and booster only those vaccines needed if necessary.
- Always be certain to give the Rabies vaccine at a time different than the other vaccines.
- Bacterial and Viral vaccines should never be given together.
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