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    Default Vaccinations at 8 Weeks

    I just want to listen to what others think here..
    As you guys know I breed Dogues.
    I also Breed Ragdolls (cats)

    Just before I get into this, I ALWAYS Micro Chip & ALWAYS Vaccinated
    all my animals prior to them going to their new homes no questions about it..

    This is the 3rd time now I have heard feedback from 3 different friends were they have had
    their kittens vaccinated and have had one died the next day.
    A good friend of mine that also breed Ragdolls never vaccinates kittens until they are 12 weeks of age.
    Due to kittens having a low immune system ect ....

    What do you guys think about this ?
    All my kittens go to their new homes at 8 Weeks, I was thinking
    I should let the new owner decide if they will vaccinate and if so they can do this
    themselves or recommend them to do it at 12 weeks when the kitten has built up a large enough
    immune system..

    Please do not judge me here I am only asking questions..

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    There's a link from the bit about vaccinations to more info on vaccinations on the Australian Veterninary Association page...

    Australian Veterinary Association on vaccination

    The first page says - they're suggesting fewer vax are needed once the first year's worth are completed - depending on how fast the disease mutates eg kennel cough - every year, parvo - maybe less often.

    I don't know much about cat vax or kitten vax. You might have to email them and ask.

    What I do know about dog vax - is you can get them immunity tested before you decide whether to actually vaccinate again. My main vet thinks this is a waste of time and money, but if the dog doesn't handle the vax well - it might be a very good idea.

    After all humans do not need to get a tetnus vax every year, and my TB vaccination never "took" - I still fail the immunity test and according to the doctor I asked about it - some medical students have had up to seven of these and they still didn't take and given I had a festering sore on my arm for two years - I wasn't very interested in trying again.

    So if you can find a vet that advocates titre testing for immunity before re-vaccinating (a dog at least) - that might be the vet to ask about kitten vaccinations.

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    My kitten was a rescue and was vaccinated, desexed etc all before he was 8 weeks old. I guess it depends on the individual cat but he's perfectly fine.

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    Good topic LL, and I hope i'm not hijacking it here but ... my brother and sister inlaw got a new pup a couple of months before i got Brock. Their vet gave them a vaccination at 10 weeks and said that was all that was needed(of course that doesn't mean no annual shot). Every vet/trainer/etc i've talked to since say that pups need the 16 week booster to give full cover. Brock had his 16 week shot before being allowed into the community. What does our dogforum community think?

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    MMJ- when we got our kitten, the rescue group said that he could have his booster injection but a lot of the time, it's not necessary, just the yearly injection. I got it done anyway as I'd rather be safe instead of sorry for the sake of $80 but it is an interesting topic

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    I do know there are two different systems for delivery of puppy vaccinations

    the most common involves three shots, about 2 weeks apart. and then annually

    And then there's one - that's one shot, and then annually after that

    both the annual ones - there's two that actually need to be annual and three - that can be tested for (low) immunity before boosters are required.

    I don't know if there are similar variations with kitten vax or not.

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