MR PITBULL SAYS: MAKE SURE YOU KNOW YOUR PUPPY SHOTS / VACCINE SCHEDULE
Sadly many people view puppy shots as being unnecessary. They reason if they didn't give their child a polio shot, the odds of the child getting Polio is one in a million. So they reason the same with puppy shots. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Timely puppy shots is life-saving!
A puppy that does not get his puppy shots is not going to die of natural causes at a ripe old age. In fact a dog that does not get his puppy shots is unlikely to see his first birthday.
Puppy shots are of utmost importance! I cannot stress that enough. In this article I answer several of the most commonly asked questions in regards puppy shots and the proper vaccine schedule. I relate what happened to me when I lost my entire first litter because of missing their puppy shots. I tell you how you can vaccinate your puppies on schedule for cheap.
MR PITBULL SAYS: IS IT REALLY NECESSARY TO GIVE PUPPY SHOTS EVERY TWO WEEKS?
Dear Mr PitBull, I just got a new pitbull puppy and my Vet tells me that puppies needs puppy shots every few weeks until the puppy turns 18 weeks. Is my vet trying to rip me of? Do puppies really need puppy shots that often?
Here though where the problem lies: There is no way of knowing when the protection given in the mother's milk has worn off. Not only does the antibodies supplied in the first few days of feeding protect against Viruses, it also stops the vaccine in the puppy shots from working as well.
Since you don't know when the vaccine in the puppy shots is effectively absorbed by the puppy, you have to keep giving the puppy shot vaccinations every few weeks to protect a pitbull puppies health.
Most vets believe that by the time the puppy is 18 weeks it is off of the mother's protection and therefore most vets recommend that the puppy shot vaccinations stop at 18 weeks and the puppy should be effectively vaccinated by then. Of course the puppy may have been off of the protection at six weeks and the puppy shot vaccine given then was effective; you just don't know.
So let's say that you give the puppy shots at eight weeks and plan on giving your puppy shots again at twelve weeks. It is possible at eight weeks that the puppy is being protected by the mother's milk and the puppy vaccination is therefore rejected. But yet, before the twelve week comes, the immunities have worn off and the puppy could catch a virus such as Parvo and die. That is why the puppy shot vaccine is given every few weeks instead of once a month, in order to minimize the days that the puppy is unprotected.