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What You Should Know About Puppy Vaccination Schedules

What You Should Know About Puppy Vaccination Schedules

Vaccinations are critical to protecting puppies against a number of serious, and even deadly, conditions. Here, our Gilbert vets share the recommended schedule for getting your puppy vaccinated throughout their first year and out to the rest of their life.

When adopting a puppy, make sure to request a copy of your new pet's medical records from their breeder or the shelter, including their immunizations. Your pup will have to visit the vet numerous times throughout their life and knowing their immunization and medical history is important.

When should your puppy get their first shots?

For the best possible protection, our Gilbert vets recommend that your puppy get their first round of shots as soon as they are weaned (this is usually between 6 and 8 weeks old).

After that, your puppy should receive a series of shots every two to four weeks until they are about 14 weeks old.

I'm not sure if my dog is up-to-date on shots, what should I do?

If you have a dog over the age of 16 weeks and they aren't fully vaccinated, or if you don't know your puppy's vaccination history, consult your veterinarian. They may advise that you start the vaccination process over again in order to protect your pet.

When it comes to your pet's health it's always better to be safe than sorry!

Vaccination Schedule for Puppies & Adult Dogs

The following is a helpful outline of what vaccinations your puppy should receive throughout their first year and what their vaccination schedule should look like once they become an adult.

DHLPPC: Protects your dog against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvo and corona.

  • First vaccination: 6 - 8 weeks
  • Second vaccination: 9 - 11 weeks
  • Third vaccination: 12 - 14 weeks
  • Fourth vaccination: 16 - 17 weeks
  • Booster shots: Every 12 months

Bordetella: Protection against kennel cough.

  • First vaccination: 14 weeks
  • Booster shots: Every 6 - 12 months

Rabies: Keeps your pet safe from the deadly rabies virus.

  • First vaccination: 16 weeks (varies by state)
  • Booster shots: Every 12 - 36 months

Lyme: Helps to prevent Lyme disease in pets.

  • First vaccination: 14 weeks
  • Second vaccination: 17 weeks
  • Booster shots: Every 12 months

Does my puppy need all of the available vaccines?

The risk factors for each pet will be different based on their breed, the area you live in and their lifestyle. However, to protect your puppy's health throughout their entire life, it's critical that you vaccinate your dog against parvovirus, distemper, rabies and hepatitis.

Your vet will consider the risk factors facing your pet and advise you on which immunizations are best for your dog.

Is it time to get your puppy vaccinated? Contact Crossroads Veterinary Hospital today to schedule an appointment for your young dog with our Gilbert vets.

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