Every veterinarian has their protocol for vaccinating puppies and for follow-up vaccinations. These protocols can change over time due to new research findings for how long the vaccine’s immunity may last. Here is a general vaccine protocol for your Miniature Schnauzer puppy. Your puppy will have received a NeoPar (Parvo virus) vaccine at 4 to 5 weeks of age and the first combination vaccine at 8 weeks old. We will provide you with his/her shot records at pickup. All veterinarians agree vaccines are necessary, but they may differ on the frequency that they are given. In order to ensure the existence of immunity, titer testing may me done.
- 8 weeks of age: At Let-R-Buck Schnauzers we administer the first combination vaccine (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza) combination vaccine without leptospirosis.
- 11 weeks of age: Administer second combination vaccine
- 14 weeks of age: Administer the third combination vaccine, include leptospirosis in the combination vaccine if in an area where it occurs or if traveling to an area where it is a concern. Puppies should be fully vaccinated at this point. Some Vets will recommend another combination vaccine at this time. I would recommend you titer test before doing a 4th injection of the core vaccines.
- 16 weeks of age: Administer rabies vaccine. The timing of this vaccine may depend on the laws in your state. Check with your veterinarian and your local and state laws.
CORE VACCINATIONS NEEDED
Your puppy should receive a series of vaccinations with a combination vaccine that protects against parvovirus, distemper and hepatitis. Your puppy must also be vaccinated against rabies.
FACTORS THAT CAN AFFECT THE PUPPY VACCINATION SCHEDULE
The age at which puppies can effectively be immunized is related to the amount of antibodies the puppy receives from it’s mother. When high levels of maternal antibodies are still in the puppy’s bloodstream, they will block the effectiveness of the vaccine and it will not immunize the puppy. When the maternal antibodies drop to a lower level in the puppy, then immunization by the vaccine will occur. That is why the same shot is given 3 times in an attempt to catch the magic window of time when the maternal antibodies wear off.
Another factor to keep in mind is your state’s laws that govern the administration of the rabies vaccine. Some areas require yearly rabies vaccination. Other states call for vaccines every three years. But no matter where you live, a current canine rabies vaccine is required. Be sure to keep proof of your dog’s rabies vaccine with his medical records.