Holistic for the Weimaraner
We are always concerned when puppies exit for their new home. It is not because I am ill over their departure. I can actually rejoice, because we put a great deal of work into each pup’s place. We know the kind of folks that are taking this pup home. The concern surrounds the on-going decisions each family must face.
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We are well aware of the recommendation (and the reasoning behind the recommendation) to forego any puppy shot before the 8-week mark. Nevertheless, we have stuck with our six-week high-titer Parvo only vaccine. People who have followed the recommendations, have been getting excellent results. Our protocol, which is based on the Weimaraner Club of America’s breed-specific protocol, works. We have never lost a pup to Parvo. We want to keep it that way. To put things in perspective, over the years we have received notes from people who never vaccinated their pup. We do not recommend that; however, letting a puppy leave with no vaccination whatsoever, is something we cannot do.
OwyheeStar on the Basics
The basics are something you are going to have to ensure happen. Your veterinary doesn’t have the time to do this for you. They have a broad-based practice, and they do not see the point in this protocol. Reactions when presented with these options can vary, but the pressure to do something else can be immense. It is not unreasonable to follow this protocol. You are not compromising the pup’s health. In a nutshell what you need to remember is fairly simple (the details are listed below).
- They need two puppy shots–our protocol calls for a 9-week, and a 12-week shot.
- This puppy shot should not contain Lepto or Corona
- Skip the 16-week puppy shot — ask the vet to get a titer test. The titer test will determine immunity levels. Only do the the sixteen-week puppy shot if the titer test shows a lack of immunity.
- Do not combine shots–this includes when you get the pup’s rabies vaccination.
- Do any other shot at a separate visit -processing one vaccine is enough for the young pup.
- If you are concerned about the dangers of Lepto spray your yard with a 10% bleach solution using a garden sprayer —frequency would based upon how many Lepto-carrying critters who visit your yard. Once a week might be a good rule of thumb. Lepto is treatable, but of course, we want to avoid it. Wait to get the Lepto vaccine until the pup is a bit older. We recommend 20 weeks.
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From The Weimaraner Club of America
The use of Corona, Leptospirosis, Bordatella and Lyme vaccines are not recommended unless these diseases are prevalent in the area; and should never be administered along with the core vaccines listed above, but rather separately, and at a time when the pup’s immune system is mature. Rabies vaccinations should be given as required by law, but not coincident with other vaccinations. If possible, wait until the puppy is older than 16 weeks.
Vaccine recommendations are confusing.
Please keep in mind that at least 5% of Weimaraners reportedly exhibit a severe reaction to vaccine. Over vaccination may compromise your pup’s health and well-being.
The Weimaraner Puppy should not receive
- Lepto (or any shot containing Lepto)
- Avoid the 16 Week puppy shot
The Weimaraner Puppy needs a…
- 9 week: Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza- Parvovirus
- 12 week: Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza- Parvovirus
Choose the antibody test at 16 weeks
- At 16 week rather than risk a vaccine reaction, we advise getting a titer test.
- Should the titer test show low immunity to the Parvo , we recommend a Parvo-only vaccination rather than a combination shot.