Puppy vaccination guidelines

puppy vaccinationsVaccinations Are Critical to Good Health

There are many diseases which are fatal to dogs.  Fortunately, we have the ability to prevent many of these diseases by the use of vaccines.  In order to provide the best protection, these vaccines must be given as a series of injections in puppies.  Ideally, the core vaccines are given at 6, 9, 12, and 16 weeks of age.  Booster vaccines are recommended because the initial exposure to the vaccine provides only short-term immunity.  The booster (or second) vaccine provides longer lasting immunity to disease, which is why vaccines are recommended yearly after that.

The core vaccination schedule will protect your puppy from six diseases:

  1. Distemper
  2. Hepatitis
  3. Parainfluenza virus
  4. Parvovirus
  5. Leptospirosis
  6. Rabies

The first four are included in one injection that is given at 6 and 9 weeks.  Leptospirosis is added and given along with the previous four at 12 and 16 weeks of age.  The rabies vaccination, which is required by Indiana state law, is given at 12 weeks of age.

 

Additional Vaccinations

Depending on your puppy’s needs, we also offer Bordetella (kennel cough), Coronavirus, Lyme disease and canine influenza vaccines, as well as the core vaccines.

Vaccination schedules can change and may vary depending on the puppy’s individual circumstance.  The veterinarian will discuss this with you and recommend the best protection for your puppy.

For the health of your puppy and your family, all puppies should also be checked for intestinal parasites and be dewormed a minimum of two times. In addition, following the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control, all dogs and puppies should be placed on a parasite control program. Year-round heartworm preventative is recommended to aid in parasite control.

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