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Io have just been to the vets and was told that my pups are

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Io have just been to the vets and was told that my pups are too young at 6 weeks for their injections. Is that correct?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  nekovet replied 2 years ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian & I would like to help you with your wee one today.
Your vet is correct here. At 6 weeks, most pups still have maternal derived antibodies. These are nature's way of protecting pups in the first few weeks of life; but this will interact with the vaccination (blocking the pup immune system from dealing with the vaccine viruses directly to form their own immunity). So, if we gave a vaccine now, there is a high risk that the pup's won't actually develop their own protective immunity. Therefore, unless we were in an outbreak situation, it is advisable to start vaccines at 8 weeks of age when we know the maternal antibodies have waned.
I hope this information is helpful.
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