Vaccination Schedule (Updated Nov. 2014)
It takes 2 weeks for a vaccination to be effective in a puppies system. Do not think that it is o.k. to go to the Vet get a shot and then go straight to Petsmart. It's NOT. The dog will still be susceptible to every virus out there.
I don't believe in over vaccinating my dogs. It can kill. It does not boost the immune system it suppresses it and can cause lots of problems and shorten your dog or puppies LIFE. My Vet and I have established a Vaccination and Worming program with my dogs that I feel is safe and effective. Being in the Inland Empire which I swear is the Parvo Capital of the Western U.S. I have had to take certain things into consideration. First being that most Rhodesian Ridgebacks wean at 3 weeks of age because that's when the pups get teeth. Secondly that means that the pups loose their mothers immunity at a younger age than most breeds.
I Vaccinate at:
8 weeks This means your pup goes home with 2 shots which is better protection!
11 weeks Pups are not safely immune to Parvo till 2 weeks (13 wks of age) after their 3rd shot.
Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus Vaccine is what I use and it is active in the body for 7 years or for the life of your dog. Do a Titer to verify.
1 Booster, 1 year after the 3rd puppy vaccination. Shots being given absolutely no sooner than 3 WEEKS APART. Rabies shots are good for 3 years and there is evidence that after only 1-2 Rabies shots your dog is good for its lifetime.
DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH! Don't just go by what your Vet says. This is your baby question what he wants to do to and with Your Baby. His/her life is in your hands. Please care for him/her as you would your human baby. Remember Vets are still in business to turn a profit.
Rattle Snake Vaccine: Rattle Snake season got one of my pups in the Spring of 2013, since then I have been warning my Puppy Parents of the dangers associated with living in Snake areas as well as hiking and camping in these types of areas. I highly suggest talking to your Vet about getting the Rattle Snake Vaccine. It will greatly lessen the severity of the effect of the bite.