We start our puppy shots at six weeks by giving them the Duramune Max 5-CvK, (The Puppy Shot) is a 5-way + coronavirus Modified live plus killed coronavirus, canine distemper, adenovirus type 2 (and hepatitis), parainfluenza, and parvovirus. We repeat “The Puppy Shot” at 9 weeks at a minimum of three weeks between inoculations. For the shots to work correctly three weeks between subsequent inoculations must be maintained. Several shots must be given to ensure seroconversion. The methodology behind puppy shots is that the vaccines must first use up all the maternal antibodies before the puppies will start making their own antibodies, and therefore, have immunity to these devastating puppy diseases. Several shots are required to ensure that the puppies are producing their own antibodies.
At twelve weeks, the puppies receive their first adult shot, which is Duramune Max 5-CvK/4L (The Puppy Booster Shot) canine distemper, adenovirus type 2 (and hepatitis), parainfluenza, parvovirus, and 4 strains of Lepto. The only difference between this shot and “The Puppy Shot” is the 4-way Lepto. Lepto cannot be given before twelve weeks because it could cause blindness in young German shepherd puppies.
We re-inoculate at 16-weeks, and a week after this shots most all German shepherd puppies have seroconverted. Therefore, you can confidently take them any place without concern for these devastating puppy diseases. We re-inoculate at 20-weeks and again at six months. After this our dogs go on an annual inoculation schedule.
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