READ THIS before you vaccinate: Leerburg on Vaccinosis
We believe that initial puppy and rabies vaccinations are important in order to give your puppy the immunity from some seriously deadly diseases. However, we are completely against rigorous yearly over-vaccination by many veterinarians. This extreme vaccination regime is absolutely unnecessary. We highly recommend that you research this for your own conclusions. At the very least, please do not just blindly believe a well-meaning veterinarian's recommendation for yearly vaccinations. Do your research on this. Your dog will thank you and if Leerburg and others are correct, you may just save your dog from some very serious harmful vaccinosis effects including: thyroid problems, epilepsy, cancer, allergy, vomiting, and other sickness symptoms. Think of it like this, if humans do not need to be vaccinated yearly, dogs and cats certainly do not, either. In fact, recent research indicates that the rabies vaccine may be effective for up to seven years. Research is still being conducted to determine if the rabies vaccine is, in fact, still effective for even longer. It is highly likely that it is. For more information on the research being conducted for the effectiveness of the rabies vaccine, please read the book: Pukka's Promise by Ted Kreosote.
Our Puppy Vaccine/Worming Schedule:
- Two weeks old: pyrantel pamoate
- Four weeks old: pyrantel pamoate
- Six weeks old: pyrantel pamoate
- Seven weeks old: 5-in-1 vaccine [first puppy shot], fenbendazole for 5 consecutive days
- Nine weeks old: 5-in-1 vaccine [second puppy shot]
- Twelve weeks old: 5-in-1 vaccine [third puppy shot]
- Nine months old: rabies vaccine [1 year]
- One year and nine months old: rabies vaccine [3 year]
- Every three years thereafter: titer test for rabies anti-bodies.
FYI: We do not give heartworm medication to our dogs because heartworm infestation is non-existent in the area in which we live. We have a different species of mosquito that does not carry the heartworm. However, if you live in a warm, moist climate where temperatures do not drop down to below the low fifties at night, you should administer heartworm medication to your puppy/dog at the very least for all three summer months. Your veterinarian can help you determine how often to administer. Most veterinarians recommend administering heartworm medication year round.
Regular stool samples should be taken to determine parasite infestation, especially if you take your dog on hiking/camping trips through the mountains and forests or live on a farm/ranch outside the city. Our recommendation: if you notice runny and/or watery stools, continue to hydrate your puppy well and immediately determine parasite infestion first by taking in a stool sample before spending thousands of dollars on other tests.