Fri, May 24, 2024

When my puppy was 5 weeks old he received the 6 away shit, it's been exactly 3 weeks and today he's due for another shot at 8 weeks I was gonna give him the 9 away shot but accidentally got him the 6 away shot, is it safe for me to give him the same shot or should I wait till tomorrow morning and get him the 9 away ? I just wanna know if I give him the 6 away will it still be effective and will he be safe?

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It's understandable to be concerned about your puppy's vaccination schedule. Vaccines are designed to be given in a series to ensure that a puppy develops a strong and protective immune response against the diseases they are designed to prevent. The "6-way" shot you mentioned likely includes protection against canine distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and possibly coronavirus and leptospirosis, depending on the specific vaccine used.

Administering another "6-way" shot instead of the "9-way" shot at this time is generally safe and will still boost your puppy's immunity against the diseases included in the "6-way" vaccine. The "9-way" shot would typically include additional protections, possibly against diseases like Bordetella (kennel cough) or Lyme disease, depending on the vaccine.

In this situation, giving the "6-way" shot will not harm your puppy and will contribute to the overall vaccination protocol. However, it's important to follow up with the "9-way" shot as soon as possible to ensure your puppy is protected against the additional diseases not covered by the "6-way" vaccine. You can administer the "9-way" vaccine at the next scheduled appointment, as recommended by the vaccine manufacturer or your regular veterinarian.

Keep in mind that vaccines can sometimes cause mild side effects such as lethargy, mild fever, or soreness at the injection site. These symptoms are typically short-lived and should resolve within a day or two. However, if you notice more severe symptoms such as persistent vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face or legs, these could be signs of a more serious reaction, and you should seek immediate veterinary care.

Remember to maintain a regular vaccination schedule for your puppy, as it is crucial for their health and well-being. Keeping a record of all vaccinations received, including the dates and types of vaccines, will help ensure that your puppy stays on track with their immunizations.

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