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It is standard that the last vaccine be given no earlier than 16 weeks, as Tahnee said. Studies have shown that maternal antibodies can remain in the pup's system close to that age and that will interfere with whether or not the pup develops its own antibodies. If you are in endemic areas for Lyme disease and leptospirosis, then those vaccines are also recommended. I never do those vaccines younger than four months of age. In fact, my five month old Gabby has not been vaccinated for leptospirosis, yet. Judging by today's snowfall, I have time.... Leptospirosis and Lyme disease can both lead to severe kidney disease and kidney failure. Back in the day, we vaccinated for distemper/parvovirus/adenovirus/parainfluenza every year and rabies every two years. We now do the distemper vaccine every three years and rabies every three years. My beagle lived to be 17 years getting a distemper vaccine every year and a rabies vaccine every two years. And my beagle did not die from any cancer....
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