Weimaraners as a breed are predisposed to vaccination reactions (which can sometimes be serious or fatal). It’s such a big concern that in the United States, our parent breed club has established a protocol for puppy vaccinations to minimize those occurrences .
If you own a Barrett puppy, you will be mandated to follow one of the two puppy vaccination protocols:
Which protocol you are asked to follow depends on whether or not there are known vaccine reactions with your Barrett puppy’s relative(s). Dr. Dodds’ protocol shall be implemented in all circumstances where there are known reactions.
Please contact us with any questions or concerns about which protocol you will be asked to follow. Thank you!
Last updated: July 2021
Purchase Agreement – Vaccination Language
The below is what Barrett puppy owners will see written into their Purchase Agreement about puppy vaccinations. As always, please contact us with questions!
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 with the protocol provided in your Purchase Agreement.
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.)
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).
Every three years, the American Heartworm Society (AHS) gathers data on heartworm testing to understand the impact heartworm is having nationwide, as well as in specific regions. Testing data from thousands of veterinary practices and shelters is used to create a detailed map showing the average number of heartworm-positive cases per clinic per year.
“Hotspots of canine leptospirosis in the United States of America,” The Veterinary Journal, Volume 222, April 2017, pages 29-35