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I'm in a bit of a quandry. Usually our vets say 8 and 12 weeks for their jabs and won't budge on that. However this time I was told 8 weeks then between 10 and 12 weeks but they would prefer it to be as close to 12 weeks as possible :? . I asked what the difference was, as other vets do the second one at 10 weeks and I was told that "sometimes" the immunity from the mothers colostrum interferes with the vaccination but that this acquired immunity has usually subsided completely by 12 weeks old. ..... Hmmph.

So why give the choice of timing for the second one, eh.....and why are some vets happy to do the second one at 10 weeks when others prefer you to wait? :?

I was all set to go the distance and wait for 12 weeks......but my back is really playing up and of course carrying missus around to socialise her isn't helping one little bit. So if I had her done at 10 weeks, it means 2 weeks less of constant carrying for me...Ok she can't walk far but at least I'd be able to put her down anywhere for a potter.....but as far as my vets are concerned, they think the vaccs may not be as effective.

What shall I do? I hate choices :roll: .
 

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I don't know :D

All I know is my dogs have all been done at 8 weeks and 10 weeks and I think this is fairly normal, therefore they are out and about (not being carried) by 12 weeks.
 

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I have back problems and I think I would probably go for the ten weeks. My old Jack was done 8 and 10 and so were my parents' dogs and there have never been problems. When I was due to collect Daisy at seven weeks my Mum died and I had to go to Wales for a while. My breeder kept her for me and to help out got her first vaccination done with a pup she was keeping. However my vet then wouldn't give her just the second - different something-or-other and might not be as effective, so I had to start from the beginning, which really set us back as no way could I carry her around, great glumping babe that she was! Then a colleague at work who goes to a different branch of the same practice came across the same advice for her rescue pup - only she made a huge fuss and demanded to speak to head of practce and he reluctantly agreed that just a second would 'probably' be alright - and it was.
I guess what I'm saying in a rambling sort of way is that vets advice is just that and not necessarily the thing that has to be done - but like you, I'd much rather not always be given choices!!
 

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Bracken had her 1st vacc at 7.5 weeks, then 2nd at 10, and out and about by 11 (although I had put her down on the ground in non-doggy places and been to puppy parties etc inbetween first and 2nd). Vet wouldn't do second vacc any sooner than 10 weeks, but he said 10 weeks was fine.

Doesn't really help you decide..... but, if I was in your shoes, I'd take the risk.
 

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Well Alfie had his at 8weeks and 5 days and his 2nd at 8weeks 5days. 3 weeks in between...and i have never been so glad to se it done. He's a heavy boy and hsan;t been out in my arms since wednesday when my hip started palying up.

If i had been given the choice i wouldve taken the early one.
 

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I'd heard that it something to do with the brand of vaccine used. If it were me and they gave me a choice I'd go for 10weeks, Dyl was done at 8 and 10 weeks and has been fine. I'm going to have this prob with next pup because I've moved vets since getting Dyl and I know the new vets are 12 week'ers :(.
 

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Well you know me - I'd go for 10 weeks and get Pickles out and about. I think you have to weigh up the risks of her 'possibly' catching something against the risk of loosing a crucial 2 weeks of early-socialisation.

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I think you have to weigh up the risks of her 'possibly' catching something against the risk of loosing a crucial 2 weeks of early-socialisation.
True.....And of course she would miss out if my back decides to go Twang completely and it wouldn't just be on socialisation. :roll:

I just wish they hadn't given me the option, as then if I have her done early and anything goes wrong, it'll be MY fault....but I know just how precious those early days socialisation are for a pup and you can't get them back once they're gone.

I hadn't realised quite so many of your vets went for 10 weeks for the last jab, I thought it was only the odd one or two. I think in this instance I'll risk it and then I can get her out and about earlier without having to worry so much.

Thanks folks :wink: .
 
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It's such a shame you can't just stick them in a pram, isn't it ;)

...you can't, can you? :lol:

No advice, sorry, but thought I'd post with some sympathy. My back's prone to going Twang too, and it's not funny.
 

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Well I am with the others for 10 weeks......Lexi was done at 8 weeks and then yesterday, 10 weeks. And can go down in a public place in 2 weeks time.
Henri was done at 7 weeks 3 days and then his next one is booked for next wednesday, 10 weeks, and then his Rabies at 12 weeks. This is what defra told me to do.

I would go for the 10 weeks, I have done this with my pups last yr and the yr before and the yr before and the yr before........and it goes on and on!!

I am sure she will be fine. AND what do the guide dogs do, isnt it one jab at 6 weeks then can go anywhere even before the second jab.....??? and they are all fine arent they...???

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AND what do the guide dogs do, isnt it one jab at 6 weeks then can go anywhere even before the second jab.....??? and they are all fine arent they...???
I'm over worrying, aren't I :oops: :wink: . Call it a combination of New Mummyitis and Puppy Mush Brain. :lol:

Thanks Trace. :wink:
 

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Mine have all been done at 8 and 10 weeks, then allowed out a week after 2nd jab as per vets instructions :) I wish vets would all just agree on the correct times for the jabs :roll: :roll:
 
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That's it, all done. Pickle has had her last jab and can go out next week....YAY :D . Brilliant timing as Pood's season will be well and truely over by then too, so we can go for that first proper little walkies en masse :D :D :D .

She was such a good girl in the vets too. She sat so nicely on the scales (5.85kgs now :D ) and said hello to the other puppies in there, including a 14 week old Great Dane pup who was the size of a small Donkey already 8O . She snogged the vet and chewed his stethoscope, ate a bikkie while he jabbed her (she didn't even notice) then rolled over onto her back in typical Essex Girl fashion for a good ol' Belly Rub :lol: .
 

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Well done Jules and well done pickle, glad you went for it.

I have just got back from vets after having Brother Henri's jab and chip, he was as good as gold, licked the vet, laid on the table, went to sleep, didnt wake up with the jab and just looked up at the chip......bless his heart. Appointment booked for 2 weeks time for his rabies....and passport and then its bon voyage :cry: :cry:, getting very attached and I knew I would, he and Lexi get on sooo well, and I do love having two pups as I know you shouldnt!! Lexi came for socialisation, and kept Henri company, she never stopped wagging and slept on the table too. It took us ages to get out of the vets because so many people stopped us and chatted, all the way through the carpark too.!!! Henri did have a little puke on the way home, but Lexi obliged and cleared it up much to 15 yr old daughters disgust!!!! :lol: :lol:

Our vet says a week after the jab they can go down.....so Lexi can come to the dog show at the weekend.....probably take Henri too!!

Next adventure pet shop this afternoon.....trying to get Henri in the car as much as poss as he will have a very long journey in a few weeks time... :cry: :cry:

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Awww Bless little Henri....You couldn't help but fall for him, could you :( . Such a sweet pup.

Good Lexi, for clearing up in the car for you, saved you the effort. :lol:

The car has a strange effect on Pickle.....The singing is much reduced now and the dribbling/feeling a bit "ick" has stopped.....but it does make her want to poo....and of course this morning (of all mornings) she sat in it too 8O . Thank goodness I always go out armed with kitchen roll, poo bags and baby wipes. She was a sweet smelling pup by the time we got into the vets...unlike the carpet in the back of my car, which is now going round in the washing machine :lol: .

I can't believe I've had her for 3 weeks now......It feels like she has always been here, she has fitted in sooooo well and we all love her to BITS. :D :D :D
 

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:p hoorah, we can't wait for Pickle to come out to play.

Is the Pood all refined now she's a lady?
 

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Yay well done Pickle... :D And the handsome Henri...Trace the drive to my house wouldn;t be as bad......lol

is my pup a heifer??? i've been watching all the weights of the puppies.... 8O , they are lite compared to him... 8O
 
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is my pup a heifer??? i've been watching all the weights of the puppies.... 8O , they are lite compared to him... 8O
The average show bred pup weighs roughly 1kg per week of age, give or take a bit. Does that sound about right for your Alfie?

Pickle is part working bred and finer boned, plus she was the tiddler in the litter. She has caught up a lot but she won't be anywhere near as chunky/heavy as Alfie. They tend to put on about 0.5-1kg a week too, if that's any help.
 

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_Jules_ said:
_Donna_ said:
is my pup a heifer??? i've been watching all the weights of the puppies.... 8O , they are lite compared to him... 8O
The average show bred pup weighs roughly 1kg per week of age, give or take a bit. Does that sound about right for your Alfie?

Pickle is part working bred and finer boned, plus she was the tiddler in the litter. She has caught up a lot but she won't be anywhere near as chunky/heavy as Alfie. They tend to put on about 0.5-1kg a week too, if that's any help.
Ahh that makes sense Jules, at his vet appointment he weighed 11.4kgs at 11 weeks and 5 days old...and his dad was huge... :D
thought i was gonna have to pop him on a diet already..lol, he's not fat just laods of him.....lol
 
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