Good Morning and welcome. I am Dr. Loretta, a licensed veterinarian and I am happy to answer your question.
I am so sorry that Phoebe has had all of these conditions...it makes for a bad start but is common because their immune system is not mature enough to fight off infections.
I agree with your vets protocol especially since Phoebe is so young. It is better to be proactive for her. The vaccines must only be given when the puppy is perfectly healthy. I say this because the vaccine will suppress the immune system against other invaders while it is building an immune response against the diseases in the vaccine and could put Phoebe in another bad situation.
I know you are worried about socialization according to the correct timing but this "timing" is only an approximate. You will have no trouble socializing Phoebe even after this 16 week period....Phoebe is already socialized with children and people and this personality will have no trouble adapting to other dogs when it is safe for her to go to the dog park.
Does that make sense to you?
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We weren't going to give the vaccination until 3 days after we stopped choramphenical. That would be on the 31st. However, she will still be on the Clavamox. The 2-week followup xray is scheduled for Sep 3.
My vet says that Clavamox will not interfere with the vaccination - however, is it your opinion that I should wait to vaccinate until the xray shows clear on Sep 3rd? She will be 14 weeks old on the 4th. That is 4 days before her puppy class starts at a dog training facility. Is 4 days enough for the booster to be effective? I suppose another way to ask this question is - how long does the 8 week vaccination's effectiveness last?.
I won't be taking her to a dog park, but she will be walking with another of my dogs in a planned community where there is the opportunity to meet a lot of dogs. She is walking with my dogs now daily but only about a 1/3rd of a block to either side because they don't have dogs :-(
It has been like an intensive care ward here since Aug 3 - I have lost 5 pounds, missed more work days than I would like, and have worried a great deal - especially the jugging act with all the medications, trying to start a bit of trick training, housebreaking, and integrating her into my canine household. Gaaaaah!!!
This particular puppy is sired by the father of this year's Aussie Nationals and Westminster BOB winner, and the bitch is a grand champion. I will show her in conformation as well as all my performance venues - agility, obedience, musical freestyle. So Phoebe is going to have an interesting, active life and is more than just a pet to me, we'll have a lifelong partnership. (my oldest Aussie just passed 15 years and is still swimming in the pool every day after a ball.) :-)
Thank you for the detailed responses, I appreciate it!
Thank you so much, Melanie for your kind rating and generous bonus. It is very much appreciated! Do not hesitate to contact me with any other concerns that you may have about Phoebe's condition. If you have other questions, please Reply. I am confident that you will do all the right things for your precious girl, Melanie...Phoebe is special!
Have a great day!!