Reliability and Danger

It is important to understand that vaccinations are not 100% reliable, and that the vaccine itself is dangerous and hard on any dog’s system, especially puppies. Vaccines, by their nature challenge the immune system. However, along with the actual vaccine is poison and proteins, both of which are dangerous and harmful, especially if the dog has an allergy to the foreign protein.

Often the injection site will become sore. A dog or puppy recently vaccinated should be observed closely for 24 hours for symptoms of a reaction, including difficulty breathing, pale gums, lack of responsiveness, or staggering. If a bad reaction is suspected, contact your veterinarian immediately.

A vaccine is an amount of either a dead or a modified pathogen. By introducing this weakened form of the pathogen to the puppy’s system, it created an immune response that essentially teaches the puppy’s immune system how to fight off actual exposure to the pathogen in the future.

The puppies system is ‘tricked’ into putting up defenses, not unlike an actual attack where the puppy would become sick. For this reason, a vaccine will not provide protection for two to three weeks after the injection, the time it takes the puppy’s immune system to figure things out and recover. Also, a vaccination does not guarantee an immune reaction. The puppy’s system may identify the dead or modified pathogen as not being a threat, and subsequently will not build immunity.

The possibility that the vaccine will not trigger an immune response is the reason for administering vaccine injections in a series. The hope is that each new injection will provide an increasing chance of immunity.

From nursing, puppies carry passive immunity. This immunity is not reliable in protecting the puppy from disease and lasts until 6 to 12 weeks of age, during which the puppy is highly susceptible to disease. Also, this passive immunity hinders the puppy’s ability to produce its own immunity from vaccination, called reduced probability of protection.

Below you will find a list of diseases puppies are most commonly vaccinated for. You may click on any of the names for further information.

It is important to note that your Doberman puppy most likely does not require vaccination against all of these diseases. The tendency for puppy owners is to want their puppy protected against anything that could ever be a threat. However, building immunity is a big job for a puppy and dangerous. Furthermore, immunity is only temporary and requires revaccination (booster). It is best not to risk vaccination for a disease your puppy is unlikely to contract.

Deciding what to vaccinate your Doberman puppy against, how best to establish initial immunity, and how best to maintain this immunity, are all important subjects to discuss with your veterinarian.