Puppy Vaccination Schedule

puppy getting vaccinations

Now that you’re a puppy parent, making sure she gets her puppy shots is one of your first, and most important, jobs (no pressure!)

Vaccinations are vital to little Fifi’s health as there are several common but very serious, and often potentially fatal, dog illnesses that you MUST protect her from.

On this page you’ll find a puppy immunizations schedule showing a list of the puppy vaccinations that are essential, as well as a few that are optional. It’ll help you figure out when Fifi’s next vaccination is due.

Remember, giving your furchild her shots is a very important part of being a good puppy parent!

What puppy shots does she need, and when?

Depending on the country, or even region, that you live in vaccination regulations may vary a little. This is a puppy immunizations schedule which shows the general recommendations for essential puppy shots:

6 – 8 weeks DHLPP + Corona
9 – 11 weeks DHLPP + Corona
12 – 14 weeks DHLPP + Corona
16 weeks – Rabies

Once your little one has had her three sets of combination vaccinations plus the Rabies shot she will need to have them repeated on an annual basis.

The DHLPP puppy shot is a combination vaccine that protects against 5 separate diseases :

  • Distemper
  • Hepatitis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Parainfluenza
  • Parvovirus

There are additional puppy shots that your veterinarian may recommend. These include vaccinations for Bordatella (commonly known as Kennel Cough), Giardia and Lyme Disease.

If your puppy will be spending much time at a doggy daycare, or if you expect to have to board her at a kennel or similar facility, she will need to have her Bordatella (Kennel Cough) vaccination too.

Whether or not little Fifi needs these particular puppy shots will depend on variable such as where you live and whether or not she will be spending a lot of time at puppy day care etc.

Some dog breeds are particularly sensitive to the Parvovirus and require a 4th Parvo vaccination. These include, but are not limited to, Rottweilers, Doberman Pinschers and American Bulldogs. If you own one of these dogs be sure you discuss this with your veterinarian.

Allergic reactions can happen

It is possible that your puppy could have an allergic reaction to a particular vaccination. These kind of reactions can be:

  • MildMost reactions are mild and symptoms can include a slight fever, lethargy or a depressed appearance and/or decreased appetite. Most of these type of symptoms are short lived (but can appear several days to weeks after the puppy shots were given). They usually don’t need veterinary treatment.
  • ModerateSymptoms of a more serious allergic reaction usually involve swelling and/or hives. Often particularly noticeable around the mouth, face and neck, although welts can appear anywhere on your puppy’s body.This kind or reaction usually occurs within a few hours of the vaccination. It can progress and become severe, so if you notice any swelling or hives appearing on your pup, take him back to the veterinarian’s office right away. Treatment usually involves steroids and maybe anti-histamines.

  • SevereThe most serious allergic reaction to puppy shots is anaphylaxis. This is a life-threating condition which usually strikes within minutes of the vaccine being given. It may start out with vomiting/diarrhea and a loss of balance. It causes a sudden drop in blood pressure and swelling which can result in breathing difficulties, seizures and even death.It’s an emergency situation and if you have already left the veterinarian’s office you need to return there immediately. your puppy may need oxygen, IV fluids or other medical intervention.

Luckily moderate to severe allergic reactions to puppy shots are pretty rare and are generally much less of a danger to your puppy than the diseases they prevent.

There seems to be a higher incidence of allergic reaction to the vaccines for Rabies, Parvo and Leptosirosis.

There are some dog breeds that are more prone to these kind of reactions than others. They include, but aren’t limited to, Miniature Dachshunds, West Highland White Terriers, Old English Sheepdogs, Akitas, Portuguese Water Dogs, Weimaraners, and Harlequin Great Danes.

The bottom line is that you need to watch your puppy closely for the first day or so after he’s had his puppy shots. Any major reaction is most likely to occur within 24 hours. A allergic reaction of any sort is unlikely to happen after the first shot though, it’s subsequent ones that you should pay particular attention to.

Don’t panic about this though, thousands of puppies are vaccinated every day with no ill-effects, it’s vitally important to protect your dog from the deadly illnesses that these shots prevent.

Why are puppy shots necessary?

puppy with veterinarianYou wouldn’t dream of refusing to get your child vaccinated would you? Of course not. Well, your little fur-child needs her shots for the very same reason, to protect her from getting sick.

Little puppies have a certain amount of natural immunity that they get from their mothers milk, but that wears off somewhere between 5 and 8 weeks of age. After that they are at serious risk of contracting any serious, and often potentially fatal, canine disease.

So, take little Fifi to your veterinarian just as soon as you can. Make sure that she’s up to date with all her needles, and is on a puppy immunizations schedule, so that she has the chance to grow up into that happy, health dog of your dreams.

5 Responses

  1. I think it is good to mention that Bortadella is not included in this routine shots, but many places require it. If you plan on sending your dog to a kennel, day care, some groomers or even frequent dog parks talk to your vet about it.

  2. Don’t forget that in many places Leptospirosis is an unneeded shot. It causes many bad reactions. I’ve personally seen it in shelties (thankfully not mine!).

    I personally like Dr. Jean Dodds; minimalist vaccination schedule. It is the one I use for all my dogs nowadays. It can be found on her site at http://www.itsfortheanimals.com/DODDS-CHG-VACC-PROTOCOLS.HTM. They have tons of other good info there as well.

    It just boils down to the more informed we are, the better off we, our pets, and our environment will be. I’ve always heard that the bad things we do to the environment shows up in our animals first. Something to think about when reading about all the pets being diagnosed with “human” diseases (thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, cancer/tumors, heart disease, etc.).

  3. Teresa is a fellow ‘know-it-all- and long time partner in crime of mine.
    We first met when I was ‘hardcore’ into English Bulldogs and ‘Lion-Heart Bulldogs’ was in existence growing rapidly in the show ring.
    She was like…two..??? LOL not really about 22 or 23 same difference 🙂
    She is like middle aged now….I love saying that about you ‘T’ it is a truly wonderful thing!!!

    Teresa I did not forget that factor…However this blog can be viewed worldwide and i do not want someone in the ‘wrong’ are to misunderstand and not give a needed shot.
    So ‘SHADDUP’. …hee, hee this my ‘soap box’….

    xoxo Michele

  4. Ahhh well, while vaccinating is a necessary evil to protect our precious fluff balls, I feel, as you do, that education is KEY! I agree that folks shouldn’t read the Dodds’ site and just think “Oh, I just won’t give shots” because that’s not what it’s all about. It’s about becoming familiar with what your dog is getting, when, and why. It’s about not blindly trusting whatever the vet says, I don’t care who your vet is. LOL It’s just about education. I can’t harp on THAT soap box enough. . 😉

  5. Teresa you hit on something that is so very important and many pet owners learn the hard way if at all. You must research your animals get to know their genetics and quirks and above all listen to your instincts. Even when it means butting heads with your Vet!!! Vets are generalized Dr’s they do not know the specifics of each and every animal. Whenever I needed to take my animal to the vet I called the shots I instructed them on what tests were needed,or shots etc and I always treated my animals at home even when they required saline drips etc. I was always given or sold what i did not have already and my pet was sent home with me .The Vet never had any qualms in doing so

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