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Old 04-26-2013, 07:52 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:12 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by mdbflorida View Post
Yes he got the Lepto last week and he is due for his final parvo, distemper and Rabies. They had wanted to do it all but I did ask for the Lepto to be separated out. After reading everything, it will be the last Lepto he gets -not taking any more changes. Should I wait on the Rabies?

Yes, rabies should always be given separately! And insist on the new thimerasol free rabies vaccine. If they don't carry it, find a vet who will.

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How to Vaccinate Against Rabies More Safely | Truth4Dogs

When the rabies vaccine should be given depends on your state law. In Florida it is required by 20 weeks so according to your Ticker, you've got over a month to go.


You also want to do the final distemper combo around 18 weeks for full immunity so it's too soon for that, too.

Also a word of caution about the lepto vaccine. Just because Boo had no problem with it this time doesn't mean he won't in the future. The first vaccination rarely causes a reaction. It's usually the second or even the third shot that can cause the serious reaction. The body builds up antibodies from the first exposure that triggers the allergic reaction in subsequent shots.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:52 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Please wait.... listen to these wonderful ladies' caution....

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Old 04-26-2013, 11:00 AM   #14 (permalink)
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I don't do the Lepto and I have the vet space out all vaccines for my dog. Thankfully, I have a vet who feels strongly that pets in America are over-vaccinated so he is very willing to listen to any of my concerns. Like Kathleen mentioned, don't be afraid to stand up to your vet if you feel uncomfortable about something.
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Old 04-26-2013, 11:59 AM   #15 (permalink)
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Here's my best article on vaccinating dogs. Questions to Ask | Truth4Pets I don't know what you mean by final shots? At 12 weeks? 15 or 16 weeks? Any older and you should get a parvo/distemper test instead. Titer Testing: A Crash Course | Truth4Pets And please, everyone, stay away from the leptospiroris vaccine. Even vet supply companies say how dangerous it is for toy breed dogs -- not to mention larger dogs. And never give it with viral vaccines. My personal belief is that a vet gives a toy lepto in a non-epidemic situation, and if the dog doesn't play in wetlands and woodlands, you need another vet!
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:13 PM   #16 (permalink)
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16th week shots parvo, distemper and rabies. I am going to tell them no to rabies and wait 4 more weeks after all of the advice.
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