Vaccines - Tail Docking - Dewclaws
Every veterinarian will have a preferred protocol for vaccinating puppies. Recommended Protocols change because of new research findings for the duration of the vaccine's immunity. Here is just a general vaccine protocol recommended for a puppy.
6 to 7 weeks of age:
Administer first combination vaccine (Parainfluenza, Distemper, Parvovirus, Hepatitis AKA Adeno Virus type 2, Coronavirus).
9 weeks of age:
Administer second combination vaccine.
12 weeks of age:
Administer the third combination and possibly a lyme vaccine or lepto. Generally, a lyme/lepto vaccine is repeated two weeks later, then once a year.
16 weeks of age:
Administer the last combination vaccine.
12 to 16 weeks of age:
Administer rabies vaccine.
Test for heart-worm annually.
Rabies vaccine timing may depend on the laws in your area. Always consult a veterinarian to learn what's best for your puppy. Also, check your local and state laws.
Tail & Ear Docking
The AVMA opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes. The AVMA encourages the elimination of ear cropping and tail docking from breed standards.
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