Hi, Perhaps you could tell me what vaccinations puppies should have from the time there born to old age. Or, if there's a web site you could refer me to with all this information, I'd greatly appreciate. Vaccinations concern me because I have a toy chihuahua that is so little. I've read that pups and dogs could be overvaccinate. Such as, when is this the case? How do you know your vet truly cares? Also, I'm planning on having Little Buddy neutered soon and wonder if there is a certain anesthesia that should be requested for a toy chihuahua weighing 3 to 4lbs. I'm scared about this b/c I read that they could die from the anesthesia and concerned. Please comment, thanks.
This post is long. Be warned. Overvaccinating after the initial boosters is what most people refer to as far as that goes. What the controversy is, is that the vaccine remains in the body longer than 1 year (actually up to 3 years), so why do vets recommend dogs be vaccinated annually? This is not against the initial vaccinations for puppies. Anyway, depending on who you ask (even among vets), there's either every 3 weeks or every 4 weeks. Well and theres some people who say that puppies shouldn't be vaccinated for anything more than Distemper and Parvovirus. (one vet in particular is a huge proponent of this. Of course this same vet also says that nearly every known heartworm medication and flea medication tend to cause allergic reactions. Hello? What do we use then to guard against heartworm and fleas?) I personally disagree with that. So what are all those nasty things your dog will get vaccinated for? Distemper - A very very nasty disease that has an extremely high fatality rate if your dog contracts it. Like 75%. And even if your dog does manage to survive, it's going to more than likely suffer debilitating neural damage up to and including paralysis and epilepsy. Hepatitis (and it's buddy Adenovirus) - Sorta like the disease in humans. Adenovirus actually causes hepatitis in dogs. Leptospirosis - A bacterial infection that can cause kidney and liver inflamation and organ failure. Parainfluenza - Virus that causes respiratory infections leading to kennel cough and chronic pneumonia Parvovirus - Another extremely nasty infection that affects the intestinal lining. It can kill very quickly, especially in puppies. Coronavirus - Kind of like a milder form of Parvovirus, it's less severe with similar symptoms, but is nearly as bad for puppies, though with a lower mortality rate. Rabies - A fatal virus disease that attacks the nervous system. Lyme disease - Bacterial disease transmitted by tick bites. I'd compare it to malaria if I could compare it to anything. Dog probably isn't going to die from it but it greatly reduces quality of life Bordatella - Another bacterial infection that affects the respiratory system. Ok so most people when they get their puppies vaccinated (myself included) the vet gives a general DHLPP shot, then gives a bordatella vaccine up the dog's nose (think Vicks up the nose). Lyme disease vaccine is generally based on where you live. Rabies is always given as a seperate shot. The question each dog owner needs to weigh is.. How careful do you want to be with your dog and how much do you want to risk. (I suspect many parents go through the same ordeal with their children, honestly). If you get the vaccine, more than likely your dog is never going to get any of these. A percentage of dogs do have negative reactions. Unfortunately no one keeps track of actual data numbers, so we don't know what the percentage is. I know I've *never* had a dog that got more than a slight fever after vaccinations. Just as my daughter has never gotten more than a slight fever after getting her vaccinations at the drs office. I have never personally known a single person who's dog has reacted poorly to being vaccinated (though I do have a close friend who's dog died during spaying, more on that later). Of course, everyone always hears tales of people who's dogs have died as a result of a vaccine reaction. Is it 1 in 10,000? 1 in 1 million? 1 in 100? (that i doubt, the vaccines would be outlawed). I have no clue. What I do know is I'd rather have the peace of mind given by vaccines for both my child and my dog in the event they ever do come in contact with the virus, bacteria, or whatever it is that causes these diseases. So I vaccinate. In general, the boosters should come at 8, 12, and 16 weeks. The rabies vaccine should be given speerately from the others, I'd advise 2 to 4 weeks after the 3rd booster. Some vets want 4 sets of boosters. I only do 3 personally. I have no idea. I know 1 person whose dog died during spaying. However, let me explain a few things. This dog had NEVER been out of it's backyard in it's whole life (not even to be taken to the vet for the initial booster shots). It was a yard dog, and had limited contact with even the family. The dog was in a total panic when they drug her to the car, put her in it, and took her to the inlaws house where she stayed overnight until they took her to the vet the following morning for the spaying. They took her to the vet, again the dog was beside herself with anxiety. When they put the dog under for the spaying, everything seemed to go fine. Her vitals were normal, her breathing and everything seemed fine. When she was coming down off the anesthesia though, her heart just stopped beating and she died. There was no evidence that she had a reaction to the anesthesia. Neither the owner nor myself would blame the vet for this. I blame the owner if I blame anyone, because she was irresponsible with her dog. I suspect the dog's heart was so stressed out from all that had happened to her, it just short circuited. Annnyway.. I went searching around on the internet and found that with Chihuahuas, the best anesthesia to use with that breed is isofluorane. It's a gas anesthesia, you may have to request it specifically. One final word. According to the AKC breed standard, chihuahuas are supposed to weigh 2 to 6 lbs, so your 3-4 lb chihuahua isn't a toy or a teacup (gah why do people use those dumb terms with small dogs like a chihuahua anyway!). It's a regular sized chihuahua.
Okay, vaccinations are good and chihuahua is regular chihuahua. I called it a "toy" b/c I thought I was supposed to from what I've read. Reason I asked the vaccine question is b/c Little Buddy has had: 1. DHLPP 3 or 4 times since December 2. Parvo and some other vaccine, I forget b/c the papers were left in the car 3. Dewormer As for the neutering thing, I think now that it should be okay. Thank you for your replies. :)
Some vets are spaying/neutering at 12 weeks now. I don't agree with it, there are many risks....but from SOME peoples view it is better to risk it and make sure puppy is spayed/neutered before going to a new home. In this way, they don't have any problems enforcing spay/neuter contracts. Also, there are some small breeds that are particulary sensitive to the Lepto vaccine. I know my Chins are, but not my Cairn Terrier. My breeder absolutly forbids her dogs being vaccinated for Lepto. I have talked to a vet about it, and he agreed. I'm not really sure if that is correct...but don't have a choice..by contract.
Anna, if your dog has had the DLHHP shot, it's had both the leptospirisis and Parvovirus shots in one shot. DLHPP stands for Distemper/Leptospirosis/Hepatitis/Parvovirus/Parainfluenza. You listed parvovirus as a seperate shot, I suspect that he got the coronavirus shot and rabies shots seperately, or maybe bordatella and rabies. As he's not had a reaction to date, I wouldn't worry. Do get him neutered when he is about 6 months old though, no sense in doing it early on such a small dog. Don't wait any longer than that if you want to prevent marking behavior though.
Okay, checked records and thus far Little Buddy has been vaccinated from Distemper, Adenovirus 2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, and Coronavirus at 6 weeks, then at 9 and 12 with all but the Coronavirus again. My mother took him to the vet last time for his ear infections and they gave him a vaccine on that day, which concerns me. The papers cannot be found from the vet, but she told me that they gave him Parvo vaccine and it has me worried b/c he was all ready vaccinated. Geez! I'm wondering about my current vet and if Little Buddy is in good care if there not doing right by him. Also, he has had the 1 year Rabies vaccination all ready and they said he's do for a 3 year in 2005. Vaccines are good if done right and I'm trying to follow up the best I can. Thank you all. :)
i don't agree you have to wait till OVER 6 months for neutering. it can be done at 5 months, or 5 1/2 months, or right at 6 months. i don't think your vet gave bad advice there. different vets may have a different age they want to neuter.
Adenovirus 2 is what causes hepatitis in dogs. If your dog is acting fine, don't stress over him getting the vaccine when your mother took him, regardless of what it is. If he was going to have a bad reaction to it it would have happened already. If you want to know for sure what your vet has vaccinated your dog for, just call them up and ask. I'm sure they have it in his file folder. If they look at the record and they did give him another vaccine for parvo, I would suspect it is because some vets believe in 4 sets of boosters, and some believe 3 is sufficient.
Phew! I'm glad Little Buddy hasn't had any reactions thus far. At least I don't think so. However, do you know if chihuahua's make noises that sound like asthma or snorting? He's more so my mom's dog, but I love him too. She said the sound scares her, but since he doesn't do it all the time, I don't think there is anything wrong with him. Okay, about the hepatitis thing. How would I know if he's having signs of hepatitis as I'm not very familiar with it? Thanks. :)
I have had chihuahuas and my family has many. Yes, Many chihuahuas make those strange noises it sounds like they are gasping for air. I noticed that it seems to happen more when they get excited. I do not really know why they do this maybe, it is because they are so small. I wouldn't worry to much about it. It seems to happen to most chihuahuas and usually goes away in a few seconds.
The puppy series of Vaccinations is a good idea. Being so small, if he became ill his survival chances would be questionable. His annual Vaccinations you will notice are all together, some vets will offer the vaccinations be split up, say 10 days between each Vaccine. Its more time at the clinic but easier on the dog in the long run. After that he will be neutered, our clinic only uses Iso, but Halothane is used in some clinics. Isoflourane is much easier on the system, its usually used for senior pets. I would be more concerned with the pre sedation drugs they may give prier to surgery. It is possible to just mask down a pet for surgery, instead they usually administer a light sedative before hand to relax the animal, and will keep them relaxed right through to after the surgery, you don't really want them to jump off the surgery table and start running around as they come to. But there would be less drugs in his system. After my older dog turned 7 I stopped Vaccinating, she is 10 now and I am considering a titer to show her immunity levels. Ozzy does have serious reactions to Vaccination.His head swells like a balloon and he becomes itchy. So he doesn't get them anymore. Both dogs come to work with me and have natural immunity because they are exposed on a regular basis to an Animal Hospital. If theres alot of sniffeling and clear fluid comeing out, did he just have a bordatella?, it could be a resperatory inf,(not serious) Any surgical procedure has its risks. If your dog is healthy going in to surgery, he'll most likely be fine. Have a blood screen done to check organ functions, this could be done just before surgery.
Phew! I don't think Little Buddy has had any reactions to his vaccinations so far. I forgot though to mention, what does it mean if they made that snorting noise and then clear stuff comes out there nose. I think he has some allergies. I don't believe he has kennel cough or he would be worse by now, right? I don't want him to get sick, but I don't want him to get sick from vaccines either. Nor, do I want him to die while getting neutered, which deaths from this should be rare. :( Thank you all. :)
Sue, do you still give your 10 year old dog rabies, if so is it the three year vaccine? Anna, your puppy might suffer from some allergies since you did say that he has some clear drainage coming from his nose. Talk to your vet about this, they may be able to find out what he might be allergic to.