Tuesday, September 24, 2013


Having been a nurse for almost 7 years now, I could tell you what shots you need and when you need them. But, vaccinations for you puppy or dog, I have no idea what they get and when they get them. The vet that I go to is wonderful about reminding me when Spencer is due for his next visit and which shots he needs. Below is a list of the vaccinations, what they protect and approximately when they should be given. If you are unsure or have any questions contact your veterinarian, they will ultimately be your best resource.  

(Spencer as a puppy taking a drive)

Vaccination Schedule for Puppies and Dogs
Distemper -> an airborne viral disease of the lungs, intestines and brain
Hepatitis -> a viral disease of the liver
Leptospirosis -> a bacterial disease of the urinary tract
Parainfluenza -> infectious bronchitis
Parvovirus -> a viral disease of the intestines
Rabies -> a viral disease fatal to humans and other animals
Corona -> a viral disease of the intestines
Bordatella -> a bacterial infection of the upper respiratory system, also know as kennel cough

Puppies (6 weeks to 1 year)
6 – 8 weeks -> first puppy shot (DHLPP) + Corona
11 –12 weeks -> second puppy shot (DHLPP) + Corona
15-16 weeks -> third puppy shot (DHLPP) + Corona
over 4 months -> Rabies ( repeat 1 year later)
7-9 months -> first heartworm test

Adult Dogs (after 1 year)
DHLPP -> Yearly
Heartworm Test -> Yearly
Rabies -> Every three years (after 2nd shot)
Bordatella -> Yearly

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