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Puppy Vaccination Schedule


As mentioned several times already, it is imperative that you follow the complete schedule of puppy vaccinations recommended by the pups breeder or by your veterinarian. The reason a series of shots is given to a puppy is because no one is quite sure when a mothers natural immunities wear off and when vaccinations can be accepted into the pups system allowing him to build his own immunities. Therefore, a series of shots is given to make sure that even if the first two or three vaccines given to the puppy were overridden by his mothers antibodies that hopefully the fourth or even fifth shot will be accepted into the pups system, allowing him to build up protection that his little body needs.

Puppy vaccines should not be given any more frequently than every 2 weeks and not longer apart than every 4 weeks between the ages of 6 and 20 weeks. Immunity from a vaccine is not established for approximately a week after the shot is given. Therefore, it is important not to risk your pup to needless or excessive exposure during this time. Also, do not vaccinate prior to a period of extreme stress, like traveling. If you have to, move the vaccine schedule up a week or delay it a few days to accommodate a known stress period. After your puppy has finished his initial series of vaccinations, he will need one booster shot annually every year thereafter. This booster will contain the same components as the initial puppy vaccines and is typically called a D-H-L-P-P (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, and Parvo).

Depending on the area of the country you live in, you may also want to vaccinate for Corona virus; check with the breeder or your vet. A pup should be given his first Rabies vaccine at approximately 4-5 months, then again a year later and then every 3 years after that. Check with your vet to confirm this rabies schedule since regulations vary from area to area. A recommended schedule for vaccinating young pups is as follows: 8 weeks (Distemper, Parvo) 11 weeks (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Parainfluenza) 14 weeks (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Parainfluenza) 17 weeks (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Parainfluenza) 20 weeks (Rabies)



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