Important Dog Vaccinations and their Schedules

Your puppies and dogs are prone to a lot of diseases, which is why it is very important to groom and take care of them. One of the best ways to prevent serious dog ailments is to have them vaccinated. Some vaccines are deemed Core or important by the American Animal Hospital Association. Some like the rabies vaccines are ordered by the law and should be followed by every dog and puppy owners.

Here are the core vaccines and their schedules for your dogs:

Rabies Vaccine

Rabies Vaccine should be given to your puppy at age 3 to 6 months. Then it should be followed by a booster shot a year after or around 15 months of age. Rabies vaccines are regulated by law and many States schedules the third and following booster shots every 1 to 3 years.

Canine Distemper

Puppies should be given their first distemper shot after weaning and before he is transferred to his new home or introduced to other dogs. Many veterinarians suggest giving these vaccines at around 5 to 6 weeks of age. You can ask your vet to give your pet a shot using canine distemper, measles and Para influenza vaccine.

The distemper- measles vaccine should only be administered once and it should only be given to puppies and not to adult dogs.

Puppies younger than 8 to 9 weeks should be vaccinated every 4 weeks until they reach their 16th week of age.

Infectious Hepatitis Vaccine

Even your dogs can get hepatitis. They can get this infection from other dogs, playing with dirty objects or while playing with dirt.

The Hepatitis vaccine is incorporated to the DHPP shot at the age of 8 to 12 weeks. The puppies should be given another shot at age 16 weeks. It is then advised that a booster shot be given to the puppy at 1 year of age or a year after the last shot.

Additional booster shots are recommended every 3 years.

Canine Parvovirus

Most of commercial types of parvovirus vaccines protect your puppies from most types of Parvovirus. It is given at 6 to 8 weeks of age and every 3 to 4 weeks until the pup reach the age of 12 weeks.

Don’t forget to ask your veterinarian about these important vaccines and other non core shots during your next visit.

To know more about dog and puppy care, read the other articles of Dog and Puppy Information.