Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Vaccine Schedule

Rachel Poli Author
Aug 20 ·

Upon bringing home a new puppy, expect to visit your veterinarian quite a bit. This isn’t because your pooch is sick, but to ensure that your doggo is developing on schedule. It’s also to make sure they get up to date with all of their vaccinations. Of course, always talk about it with your vet, but here’s the puppy vaccine schedule you may have to follow.

puppy vaccine schedule

Why do puppies need to get vaccines?

Puppies get vaccinations just like humans do. When you adopt a puppy, be sure to get a copy of their medical records. Then you can see which shots they are up to date with. Be sure to bring your pooch to the vet at least once or twice a year for a regular check-up. Your vet will be able to tell you when you need to come back for another vaccination for your puppy.

In addition, your puppy needs certain vaccinations to go out in public. Like humans, dogs can carry diseases and viruses that can be contagious to other dogs. So, if you want to bring your pooch to doggy daycare, board them, take them to the dog park, or bring them over to the friend’s house, then they’ll need to be up to date with all of the shots that they’re able to get.

In other words, you most likely won’t be able to bring your pooch out into the real world until they’re a few months old. This isn’t a bad thing, though. While your pup doesn’t expose others to anything they could carry, your puppy isn’t being exposed to other things, either. 

However, some vaccinations will depend on your pup’s needs. For example, if they’re never around other dogs, then they may not need to prevent kennel cough right away. Dogs should socialize with other pups, but not every dog frequently goes to the dog park or has a grooming appointment.

When it comes to deciding whether or not your puppy should get an optional vaccination, some things may be put into consideration. For example, your dog’s age, medical history, environment, travel, and lifestyle may be accounted for. 

Puppy vaccine schedule

Here’s a basic list of what shots your puppy will need by their age.

puppy vaccine schedule

6-8 weeks

Puppies shouldn’t leave their mothers until they are at least eight weeks old. This means that you’ll need to begin vaccinating your furry friend as soon as you bring them home. When getting a puppy, you should make a vet appointment right away so they can get any shots and also so that they can get a thorough checkup.

Where ever you get the puppy, make sure to ask them for the medical and vaccination history. Sometimes, breeders or the animal shelter will begin vaccinating the puppies as soon as six weeks to protect the other dogs in the shelter or the litter.

At six to eight weeks old, your puppy will need distemper and parvovirus shots. Distemper is a highly contagious virus spread among many dogs and other animals. For instance, ferrets, raccoons, skunks, and other animals can get it.

Optionally, they might also need Bordetella. This helps protect your pooch from kennel cough, which is an upper respiratory disease. 

9-12 weeks

When your puppy is nine to 12 weeks of age, they may need a booster for distemper and parvovirus. They’ll also need shots for hepatitis and parainfluenza.

In addition, they could also get influenza, leptospirosis, bordetella, and Lyme disease.

16-18 weeks

During this age, your pup may need a lot of boosters. For example, they may get DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza). They’ll also have to get the rabies shot. Optionally, they may need to get a shot for Coronavirus.

Puppy Vaccine Schedule – Every one to three years

Your doggo will have to get boosters for DHPP and rabies. The puppy vaccine schedule goes on though. They may also need boosters or shots if they haven’t already for other vaccinations listed. 

Are there any side effects?

Vaccinations typically have side effects. Your vet will tell you all about them and let you know when you should bring your pooch back if the side effects don’t stop. Usually, though, it’s just your dog’s system getting used to the shot.

Your pup may experience:

  • Fever
  • Sluggishness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain or swelling around the injection site
  • Facial or paw swelling
  • Hives
  • Anaphylactic shock 

puppy vaccine schedule

How much do puppy vaccinations cost?

Depending on the vaccination and where you are, the cost will vary. Most likely, you can expect to spend between $75 and $100. You can get your puppy vaccinated at your veterinarian clinic (which is the best place to do it), but you can get it done elsewhere. For example, there are mobile clinics, some animal shelters will do it, and sometimes veterinarians in your pet store will do it.

Vaccinating your puppy

To protect your puppy and other dogs, you’ll want to get them vaccinated as soon as possible. Then, talk to your veterinarians, and you can figure out what the best course of action is for your puppy.

Similar reading: more information about puppies

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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