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Dog Vaccinations Schedule: From Puppy To Adult

Like people, our pets need regular vaccinations and boosters to keep them healthy and to help fight off diseases and sickness. Depending on what stage of life your dog is in will determine which vaccines your pet will need. Puppies need more while they are young, as older dogs are a yearly event. Knowing which schedule your pet is on will help you determine when they need to make a visit to the veterinarian.

Which Vaccinations are Absolutely Necessary?

The list below are vaccines we recommend for your dog. Most of these are recommended to get while they are a puppy as well as an adult dog.

  • Bordetella Bronchiseptica – These small bacteria are highly contagious that cause bronchitis in dogs. Symptoms include coughing, vomiting, and in some cases, seizures. Commonly called kennel cough
  • Canine Distemper – This contagious disease affects the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems in dogs. Symptoms include discharges from the eyes and nose, fever, coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Canine Hepatitis – This contagious virus can affect the liver, kidneys, spleen, lungs, and eyes of your dog. Symptoms include fever, congestions, vomiting, stomach enlargement, and pain around the liver.
  • Coronavirus – This is a different strain of the virus than what people get, and does have a vaccine. Symptoms include loss of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea.
  • Canine Parainfluenza – This contagious virus can affect the respiratory system. Symptoms include dry cough, fever, runny nose, sneezing, eye inflammation, and loss of appetite.
  • Leptospirosis – This disease can be passed between animals to people and some dogs don’t show any symptoms. If symptoms do arrive, they will include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weakness, and kidney failure.
  • Lyme Disease – This disease is transmitted by ticks. It infects the dog by burrowing into their skin and spreading the bacteria spirochete. Symptoms include lymph nodes swelling, high temperature, and loss of appetite. It can cause permit damage to the heart, kidney, and joints.
  • Parvovirus – This is a highly contagious disease that is common to puppies. This virus attacks the gastrointestinal system. Symptoms include loss of appetite, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea. If left untreated can be fatal.
  • Rabies – This vaccine is usually a legal requirement by the city you live in and is highly recommended. This disease can cause damage to the nervous system and can be spread by a bite. Symptoms include anxiety, hallucinations, drooling, and paralysis.

Recommended Preventative Care

  • Heartworm – Heartworm preventive is a must. The parasite is transmitted by mosquito bites.  These parasites can lodge themselves in the right side of the heart and pulmonary arteries. Making their way through the body to infect the liver and kidneys. Symptoms include loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, and cough.

Puppy Shots Schedule

Puppy Vaccinations

When you get a new puppy, it is important to start them off on the correct vaccine schedule to prevent all the diseases above. When they become an adult dog, there are yearly recommended vaccines.

6 – 8 WeeksDHPP-L (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Influenza, Leptospirosis)
10 – 12 WeeksDHPP-L (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Influenza, Leptospirosis), Bordetella
16 – 18 WeeksDHPP-L, Rabies, Bordetella
12 – 16 MonthsDHPP-L, Rabies, Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella
Early 1 – 2 YearsDHPP-L, Bordetella
Every 1 – 3 YearsRabies

Dog Vaccinations Costs

Costs of vaccines can vary by location

  • Puppy Wellness Package (includes exam fee and scheduled vaccines) ($200)
  • Routine Vet Checkup ($50 – $100)
  • DHPP-L ($20 – $30)
  • Heartworm Test ($50 – $100)
  • Rabies ($20 – $30)
  • Bordetella ($20 – $40)
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