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Puppy Vaccination Schedule

Preventive care like vaccines can help protect your furry friend against serious diseases. Here, our vets in Williamsburg discuss the importance of vaccinations and booster shots for your puppy and offer a sample dog vaccine schedule.

Vaccinations for Puppies

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 suffering from the illness.

Due to their developing immune systems, these adorable young family members are particularly vulnerable to infections at this stage. Therefore, vaccinations and other preventive care, like deworming, are essential to their early care.

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

Core & Lifestyle Vaccines for Puppies

The puppy vaccines recommended by our Williamsburg 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. These vaccinations can include:

  • Rabies is an extremely serious, fatal virus that affects the nervous system. Rabies is a zoonotic disease, meaning it can be transmitted to humans. The rabies vaccine is legally required in many areas.
  • Parvovirus causes severe gastrointestinal symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. It's especially dangerous for young puppies, the elderly, and immunocompromised dogs.
  • Distemper is a highly contagious virus that can be fatal to puppies and affect their respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems. Therefore, its prevention is crucial.
  • Canine Adenovirus (Hepatitis) can cause liver damage, respiratory issues, and even death. Vaccination can help protect your dog.
  • Canine 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 in close contact with other dogs.
  • Bordetella is another highly contagious respiratory infection that leads to kennel cough. This virus is encountered in social or group settings.

Puppy Vaccine & Booster Shot Schedule

When you come in for your pet's first examination, you can ask your vet for recommendations on a puppy deworming and vaccination schedule for your furry family member.

Below, we offer a sample puppy vaccination schedule in the form of an easy-to-follow chart:

Puppy Vaccine & Booster Shot 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 & Booster Shot 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 learn which vaccines are appropriate for your dog. Very young puppies and senior dogs with compromised immune systems are not eligible for all shots.

Are there any risks or side effects from puppy vaccines?

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

In rare cases, some dogs may have an allergic reaction after 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.

Breeds, including German shepherds, collies, and some sheepdogs, are known to be sensitive to individual vaccines. Your veterinarian will skip any vaccines containing ingredients your dog may be sensitive to.

Preventive Care at Godspeed Animal Care

Our puppy and kitten veterinarians in Williamsburg focus on preventive care to keep common diseases and disorders from developing.

Combined with regular wellness exams, vaccinations and parasite prevention give your kitten or puppy a strong and healthy start to life.

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.

Is it time for your new furry friend's routine vaccinations and other preventive care? Schedule an appointment to bring your puppy to our animal hospital in Williamsburg.

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