What vaccinations does my puppy need?
(updated vaccination information below)
We no longer give the first vaccination and here are the reasons why;
So here are the facts; DHP is licensed for use as a full course if used after 10 weeks of age! Yes that means that if you wait until your puppy is 10 weeks or older you only require one dose, and that one dose is actually licensed to last for 3 years!
So firstly, why do vets insist on vaccinating at 8 weeks when the stats say it doesn't offer protection? Surely that's just over vaccinating when you can hang on a mere two weeks and have the same coverage?! Talking of over vaccinating these same vets want you back annually to 'boost' these same pups when they have access to the vaccination manufacturers information stating the DHP lasts 3 years?? Confused?? ME TOO!! Sadly it seems money talks. It's either that or our vets are morons that don't research the medicines they are using. I'd like to scrap the latter explanation as its too scary to even contemplate.
Along with vets over vaccinating initially, to many times the new vet decides that they will use a different brand (although it is normal practice for the vet to get the same brand ordered in) and therefore they start the course again! This is totally unnecessary and malpractice in my opinion. If you wouldn't accept it for a human baby don't accept it for your new puppy!!
So, the technical bit, here's how it all works!
When puppies are very young, they’re protected from disease by drinking their mother’s first milk, called colostrum. This rich milk contains antibodies against disease (called maternal antibodies), which the mother passes down to her puppies. The puppy’s immune system isn’t yet mature, and able to fully protect him, in fact until your puppy is around six months of age its still not fully mature, so the maternal antibodies provide something called passive immunity.
This might seem like a good idea, but here’s the problem with those maternal antibodies …
When a puppy with a reasonable amount of maternal antibodies is vaccinated, the maternal antibodies will essentially inactivate the vaccine, just as it would a real virus. As good as those maternal antibodies are, they can’t protect the puppy against the other toxins contained in vaccines such as the chemical adjuvants and preservatives which contain harmful chemicals including mercury, MSG, aluminum and formaldehyde.
The adjuvants are designed to stimulate an exaggerated immune response, to make sure that your puppy’s body responds to the small amount of virus contained in the vaccine.
Unfortunately, this heightened reaction can also cause autoimmune disorders which are affecting an alarming number of dogs and can include:
… as well as a rather long laundry list of other common health issues. So this extra vaccine that your vet is wanting you to have just doubles the risk of issues! Are you beginning to understand why I'm so steadfast on pushing the one vaccination after 10 weeks?
Bearing all of this in mind, we are now asking puppy owners to have one vaccination of DHP after 10 weeks which is adequate and licensed to use this way by the vaccination companies to fully cover the puppy. Obviously we hope that we've given the information for you to make the best decision but it is still that, your decision. However, we believe that doing it our way will give your puppies immunity time to mature enough to accept the vaccination and it be effective with as little risk as possible. I am proud to say that many breeders are taking the same route with vaccinating puppies later on and much research (including titre testing) proves that only one vaccination is needed for in some cases 7 years of your dogs life (actual personal experience)!
So to recap, the one DHP is licensed for use after 10 weeks and will last a full three years according to the vaccination companies.
Now onto LEPTO we will no longer be using the vaccination. The vaccination is said to last in some cases a mere 6 months if at all and it is not a preventative measure against the disease, in fact its caused more issues and deaths in my opinion than its helped. Lepto is a bacterial disease. It's been said by many professionals in the field that you cannot vaccinate for something bacterial and that you would treat this disease with an antibiotic. So why are vets vaccinating for something bacterial? Food for thought. it's interesting to know that the LEPTO vaccine is also live so it technically sheds, this means that the disease can be caught by others as the vaccinated pet urinates. Put off yet?! Another worrying thing is that there are over 200 strains of Lepto.. the vaccine allegedly covers 4 strains. What happens if they catch the other 196?
If you do wish that we vaccinate prior to you collecting your puppy we will strictly only do the DHP and NOT Lepto. Our vets use NobiVac and the vaccination is a combination vaccine that protects against 4 separate diseases: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus. The LEPTO is always in a separate vial (so please dont fall for your vet saying it cannot be separated from DHP for use) and under no circumstances will we vaccinate with Lepto before collection. We personally have had two adverse reactions since giving the LEPTO vaccinations and although both puppies luckily recovered to a good state we feel it is something that requires serious research.
PLEASE NOTE: If you choose to vaccinate with LEPTO once your puppy has left us and for any reason your puppy has to return we will have to have your puppy cared for by a puppy nanny until other arrangements can be made. The reason for this is that the LEPTO vaccination sheds - this means that LEPTO can be carried and transferred to other dogs even if vaccinated. We can not take this chance with our dogs or puppies we have kept back for ourselves.