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Okay, stupid question. We have pups and they are starting to eat dry food (moistened of course).

BUT, how do I know when they are fully weaned? (They are 6 weeks old tomorrow). Thanks.
 

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By 8 weeks, they should be 100% weaned but still a good idea to give moistened food regardless. Adds more water in their bodies when they need it the most. You could alternate moist with dry food.
 

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you will know when they are weaned when mom doesnt let them drink, but even if thats 4 weeks or 6 weeks they need to be with mom for at least 8 weeks. Its not smart to vaccinate until 3 days after they do not get any more milk to get the best result
 

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Mom knows best. Offer them food, but give Mom free access to them. The more food they have, the less they will nurse. They are getting antibodies from their mother, and they will want to nurse for succor.
 

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Antibodies come from colostrum, there's actually no antibody transfer after that point, so when they are weaned makes no difference as to when they are vaccinated. The vaccine won't be effective until the maternal antibody wanes which can be anywhere from 5-6 weeks, to 12-14 weeks. Unless you do titers there's no way to know when the maternal antibodies are low enough to allow successful immunization, so it is generally recommended to vaccinate every 3 weeks starting at 6 weeks and continuing until the pups are 15-16 weeks. By vaccinating every three weeks you are ensuring that the pups will be vaccinated at the earliest possible point after the maternal antibodies wane enough to allow successful immunization (this timing may be different for the different diseases-ie maternal parvo antibodies may be low by 9 weeks, while it may be 12 weeks before maternal distemper antibodies are low enough).

At 6 weeks you should also be a couple of doses into the pup's deworming program, too (every 2 weeks starting at 2 weeks and continuing through 8 weeks).
 
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