The first rule of puppy vaccinations is that there are no hard and fast rules for puppy vaccinations; the best way to make sure a puppy is fully immunized against the most common contagious diseases totally depends on the health and past history of the puppy’s mother, his age, and his environment.
There are several reasons why puppy vaccination protocols vary so wildly, but the most important one to understand is that every puppy is an individual, presenting a unique and unpredictable immunological history to his veterinarian. If you understand the reasons that veterinarians recommend multiple “puppy shots,” you will be better prepared to both protect your puppy from risky exposure to contagious diseases and, possibly, help reduce the number of vaccinations the puppy receives on the road to becoming fully immunized.
Here’s an article that goes into more detail about why puppies need more than one round of vaccinations.
Weimaraners as a breed are predisposed to vaccination reactions. As a result, the Weimaraner Club of America (WCA) has published a vaccine protocol which recommends the following schedule:
- 8 weeks: Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza- Parvovirus
- 12 weeks: Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza- Parvovirus
- 15-16 weeks: An antibody titer is recommended to confirm immunity since a small proportion of puppies may still not be covered.
This is a DA2PP vaccine which includes prevention of disease due to canine distemper, canine parvovirus, canine adenovirus type 1 (canine hepatitis), canine adenovirus type 2 (canine respiratory disease complex), and canine parainfluenza virus. In lieu of a DA2PP vaccine, a Canine Distemper/Parvovirus vaccine without Adenovirus Type 2 and Parainfluenza is also acceptable on the same schedule.
If you own a Barrett puppy, please vaccinate your puppy per the WCA protocol.
The first shot is administered at 8 weeks. The second shot is administered at 12 weeks and a titer test or third shot at 15-16 weeks. Do not combine these vaccinations within two weeks of any other treatment, including but not limited to Bordatella, Leptospirosis, Coronavirus, Flea and Tick Preventative, or Heartworm Preventative. Additionally, only treat your puppy with only ONE of these at a time. (For example, do not administer both flea and tick preventative and also heartworm preventative on the same day.)
Do not combine these vaccinations within two weeks of any other treatment, including but not limited to Bordatella, Leptospirosis, Coronavirus, Flea and Tick Preventative, or Heartworm Preventative. Additionally, only treat your puppy with only ONE of these at a time. (For example, do not administer both flea and tick preventative and also heartworm preventative on the same day.)
Your puppy is vulnerable until he/she has completed the puppy vaccination series.
Worming: Fecal checks for worms should be done regularly (every 90 days). You can also elect to worm your dog preventatively.
IMPORTANT: Please continue to socialize your puppy up through the second round of vaccinations, but limit your puppy’s exposure to areas where there may be the greatest chance of being exposed to diseases. This means staying away from dog parks, rest stops, pet stores and other areas that are frequented by many dogs and where you do not know the habits of their owners.
A rabies vaccine should be given at the latest time possible per your local ordinances (usually between 4-6 months in order for you to license your dog). DO NOT vaccinate your puppy against rabies within four weeks of any other vaccines! The first rabies vaccine is a one-year vaccine, every subsequent rabies vaccine is a three-year vaccine. Never vaccinate more frequently than this.
Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. If you must vaccinate for Bordatella, use the oral or intranasal (sniff) versions, and administer at least two weeks before boarding your dog. Regardless, please do not over-vaccinate your dog(s).