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Puppy Vaccination Schedule

Preventive care is vital to ensuring that your furry friend has a long, healthy life. Vaccines are a crucial part of this. Here, our vets in White Hall share the importance of vaccinations for puppies and offer an easy-to-follow puppy vaccine schedule.

The Importance of Puppy Vaccinations

Vaccinations are a key component of preventive healthcare for puppies. They help stimulate the immune system to produce protective antibodies against harmful diseases, providing immunity without your adorable fur baby having to suffer from the actual illness.

These adorable young family members are particularly vulnerable to infections at this stage of their lives due to their developing immune systems, making vaccinations, and other preventive care like deworming, an essential part of their early care.

Every puppy is unique, and their deworming and vaccination schedule can vary based on factors such as breed, location, and health history. Your veterinarian is your best source of guidance for tailoring a schedule to meet your puppy's specific needs.

What vaccines will my puppy need?

The puppy vaccines recommended by our White Hall veterinarians include immunizations to help protect against rabies, parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, canine parainfluenza and bordetella. Your veterinarian may recommend a slightly different schedule but will likely include the same vaccines.

  • Rabies - Rabies is an extremely serious, fatal virus that affects the nervous system. Rabies is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted to humans. Most regions legally require rabies vaccination.
  • Parvovirus (Parvo) - Parvovirus causes severe gastrointestinal symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. It's especially dangerous for young puppies as well as elderly and immunocompromised dogs.
  • Distemper - Distemper is a highly contagious virus that affects a puppy's respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems. Distemper can be fatal, making its prevention crucial.
  • Hepatitis (Adenovirus) - Hepatitis can cause liver damage, respiratory issues, and even death. Vaccination helps protect against its effects.
  • Parainfluenza - Parainfluenza is one component of the kennel cough complex. This virus causes coughing and respiratory distress in our canine companions. It's an important vaccination for social puppies that are in close contact with other dogs.
  • Bordetella - Bordetella is another highly contagious respiratory infection that leads to kennel cough. This virus is encountered in social or group settings.

Puppy Vaccine Schedule in White Hall

Your vet can help you determine the best puppy deworming and vaccination schedule for your furry family member when you come in for your pet's first examination, but below you will find the typical vaccination schedule recommended for puppies and adult dogs.

Here is a standard vaccine and booster shots schedule for puppies in White Hall:

Puppy Vaccine Schedule

6 - 8 Weeks

  • DHPP (Distemper, Adenovirus (Hepatitis), Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)

10 - 12 Weeks

  • Booster: DHPP (Distemper, Adenovirus (Hepatitis), Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
  • Bordetella (Optional)
  • Leptospirosis (Optional)

14 - 16 Weeks

  • Booster: DHPP (Distemper, Adenovirus (Hepatitis), Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
  • Rabies
  • Booster: Bordetella (Optional)
  • Booster: Leptospirosis (Optional)

Adult Dog Vaccine Schedule

12 - 16 Months

  • Booster: DHPP (Distemper, Adenovirus (Hepatitis), Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
  • Rabies
  • Booster: Bordetella (Optional)
  • Booster: Leptospirosis (Optional)

Age Restrictions

Speak to your vet to find out more about which vaccines are appropriate for your dog. Very young puppies and senior dogs with compromised immune systems are not eligible for all shots.

What is the risk of side effects with puppy vaccines?

Dog vaccines are considered very safe and few dogs experience side effects. Those that do typically experience very mild reactions.

That said, in rare cases some dogs may have an allergic reaction to getting their shots. This is typically due to a sensitivity to an individual ingredient of a specific vaccine. Different breeds tend to react to some ingredients.

If your dog is determined to have an increased risk of a reaction, your vet will share the options and their recommendations with you. Your puppy's health and well-being are the priority at our veterinary hospital in White Hall.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. Please make an appointment with your vet to accurately diagnose your pet's condition.

Do you need to schedule your puppy's (or kitten's) vaccinations? Contact our White Hall vets to set up a preventive care visit today.

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