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    puppy shots

    well i called in to get roxy a vet visit today to get her six week old shots im not sure how its going to go her visit is the 27th of this month and i dont want to put her through that at her age i think she is to young to get her shots she will be six weeks old on the 27th and doesnt know what pain of a shot is so what do i do

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    What breed is Roxy? I must have missed something, I can't figure out how you have such a young pup, lol.

    Under the 2011 revision for vaccines, done by the AAHA (American Animal Hospital Assn), puppies start their shots at age 8 weeks, so I don't really understand your post.
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    First, do not project any fear of shots you have onto her. She sill pick up on your anxiety and that will make it worse for her. Why not postpone until she is 8 weeks old? And do not stress about the shot, it is over in a flash, and she will likely forget it a minute later, if you do not make a fuss over it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    First, do not project any fear of shots you have onto her. She sill pick up on your anxiety and that will make it worse for her. Why not postpone until she is 8 weeks old? And do not stress about the shot, it is over in a flash, and she will likely forget it a minute later, if you do not make a fuss over it!
    Yes, yes, yes!!! Puppies are like children -- if you act like something is to be scared of, they WILL pick up on it from you and they WILL be scared of it! So make sure the appointment is nothing but positives!! Lots of hugs, belly rubs, kisses and treats!! We distract our puppies with treats and head scratches while getting their injections - and most of them NEVER notice or flinch. The ones that do are *usually* the ones with the owners in the background wincing and saying "omg you poor baby!!!!!!", of course the puppy then reacts to the owner and the shot by association.

    You can vaccinate puppies as early as 6 weeks. "Normal" protocol (as I was taught in school, and as we practice at my clinic) is they get one round of vaccines at 6-8 weeks, another at 9-11 weeks, another at 12-14 weeks, and their final set of vaccines (including rabies) at 15-18 weeks. A LOT of breeders will vaccinate as early as 3 weeks, which is entirely way too young. The reason why we have to do a few rounds of vaccines is because there is no exact known time frame of when the mother's antibodies wear off in the puppy, so you do a few rounds to make sure the puppy is adequately covered. Bordetella (kennel cough vaccine) should not be done earlier than 9 weeks, either, and rabies "legally" can't be given any earlier than 15 weeks (depending on your state).

    It is a little concerning that you were allowed to take a puppy away from it's mother that young (around 4-5 weeks of age?) so I would definitely recommend discussing that with your vet.

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