Vaccinating pups has for breeders become a massive pain and is why we have stopped doing them before pups leave us. From the information I have garnered, I personally prefer to start them at 12 weeks or over, but that is my personal choice and would say to anyone worried about when to vaccinate. "That they should ask their vet, as unlike me. They have insurance to claim against if the advice given turns out to cause problems for your puppy."
Anyway I found this very interesting blog post written by a vet on a veterinary clinic's website Puppy Vaccinations - Why Should I Wait Until 10 Weeks. I thought I would put it up for those worried about when to get your puppy vaccinated and think they need to be vaccinating them as soon as they hit 8 weeks. You can read the blog entry (below) in full. Yes, giving a puppy it's first DHP over ten weeks old, you give one and they are covered in the same time as a pup being started at 8 weeks and having two jabs.
Also add that at Poundlane our Mum's self wean, so pups are suckling still from Mum up until leaving us, so much more likely to have good doses of antibodies from Mum, as Mum is vaccinated for DHP and Lepto4. Hence the reason why if you vaccinate at 8 weeks you have to do two jabs, because at 8 weeks Mum's antibodies can still stop the vaccines uptake in them and by 10 weeks most pups, Mum's antibodies in them have depleted enough for the vaccine to fully work.
"26 Jun 2020
Puppy Vaccinations – Why Should I Wait Until 10 Weeks?
Before Covid-19, we used to offer 2 different vaccination schedules for puppies, one that started when they were 8 weeks old, one that started when they were 10 weeks old. Here’s how the schedules compare:
Given the risk of coronavirus transmission to owners and staff that every vet visit brings, we believe that for most puppies, it is sensible to start the vaccines at 10 weeks rather than 8, avoiding the need for a third visit. This is why a 10-week start is currently our standard regime.
If your puppy meets any of the following criteria, there may be an argument for starting vaccinations at 8-weeks instead:
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Welcome to this blog. I am Jane, a hobby breeder, situated in North Devon, England, UK (map at bottom of page ,shows where we are) on a quest to breed a healthier type Cavalier King Charles(small) type Spaniel.
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Our breeding dogs are multi generational extensively health tested. With all our breeding stock having recommended and relevant DNA tests for their breed/breeds. We also have breeding stock annually eye examined on the BVA Hereditary Eye Disease Scheme for dogs, MRI scanned on the BVA scheme using the BVA chiari malformation /syringomyelia breeding protocol, and heart examined using The Kennel Club Heart Scheme for Cavalier King Charles breeding protocol