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Medication & vaccination

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by Cloudytime, Dec 8, 2020.


  1. Cloudytime

    Cloudytime PetForums Newbie

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    Hi,

    my 11 week old puppy has puppy strangles.
    This was firstly misdiagnosed and he was given treatment for an infection (an injection) then two days later he was able to start his treatment for the strangles.

    He is currently taking a steroid, antibiotic and pain medication and looks to be improving. He has another 4.5 weeks on the steroids, slowly lowering the dosage.

    Our vet wants to give him his second vaccinations on Friday (he will have been taking these steroids for 4-5 days)

    The vet says this can make the vaccine less effective, but he feels that it’s more important that our pup is socialising and walking to improve his joints etc.

    Just wondering what people’s opinions of this are?

    The little information I have found online, the vets have waited for the steroids to leave the system before vaccinating. I don’t want to take him out and him get sick again with his weakened immune system, however I am happy to trust the vet seeing as I’m just a pet owner..
     
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    It is not usual to vaccinate while a dog is ill so I would have thought the antibiotics would be an issue. At the same time plenty of dogs are on long term steroids and get vaccinated.
     
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    Is there an option to do both - strengthen his joints by walking him in your garden (or if you live near the coast, following the tide as it goes out so you are walking on freshly washed sand); and carrying him out and about in a sling or tucked into your jacket to start his socialisation. Socialisation is about exposure rather than interaction so he doesn't have to be on the ground.
     
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    Cloudytime PetForums Newbie

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    ah really? I thought dogs were supposed to be healthy for their vaccinations. That makes me feel a bit better.
     
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    Cloudytime PetForums Newbie

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    honestly, I would but I don’t think my husband will be on board with it we’ve been at heads with this as he’s the one who wants to let the vet do his job, and he’s the one going to the vets on Friday.

    I’m thinking about seeing if his booster can be given early, maybe 6 months rather than wait a year. If it doesn’t mess anything up for him. Just worried about parvo and anything else he could pick up and not be able to fight off :(
     
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    JoanneF PetForums VIP

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    Which part would your husband be unhappy about - the exercise or the carrying?
     
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    Cloudytime PetForums Newbie

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    It’s more the fact that the vet has said he still wants to go ahead with the vaccinations and he wants to follow what the vet says. Also the dog is quite difficult to carry, he’s almost 10kg already!
     
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    I said it would NOT be usual. A dog must be healthy for a vaccination. I do not think the steroids will be a problem though.
     
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    Your pup can mix all he wants with dogs that are fully vaccinated. You most likely know people with vaccinated dogs he could meet. Or for carrying him out, you could get a pushchair (cheap from a charity shop) and take him out in that.
    There is a small chance they could bring something on their paws, but unless you dip your shoes in disinfectant each time you come home, that risk is already present.
    I'd avoid vaccinating a poorly dog.
     
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