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Vaccinating your Puppies
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Puppy vaccinations are an important part of your overall plan to protect and assure the health of your puppies. Proper immunization is not always routine. The chart below serves as a general guideline for common vaccine practices. But always consult with your veterinarian regarding your specific breed and situation.

Consider the following:
  • Puppies are not born with natural immunization.
  • They will inherit some limited immunization from the mother.
  • These inherited "maternal" antibodies can actually reduce the effectiveness of immunization, but only for a brief period of time.
  • So exact timing is important, particularly given the fact that litters vary and even puppies within the same litter may not respond consistently.
  • Therefore, vaccination schedules are generalized for all puppies. Check with your vet for appropriate changes.
Puppy Vaccination Schedule
AgeVaccinationNotes
3 weeks or older
Bordetella + Parainfluenza Vaccines
When needed, these vaccinations can be used to treat kennel cough.
About 5 weeksParvovirus
Vet may recommend for puppies with high risk exposure to parvo.

6 & 9 weeks5-way Combination vaccine
Usually includes adenovirus cough and hepatitis, distemper, parainfluenza, and parvovirus.

12 weeks or olderRabiesAge may vary per local law.
12-16 weeksCombination vaccine
Include Leptospirosis in combination if at risk.

Include Coronavirus if at risk.

Lyme if at risk.

Adult (boosters)Combination vaccine
Include Leptospirosis in combination if at risk.

Include Coronavirus if at risk.

Lyme if at risk.

Rabies (time interval may vary per local law).


 
 
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