Puppy Vaccinations

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Puppy Vaccinations

Puppy vaccinations begin at approximately 8 weeks of age. A series of Core * vaccines are given every 3-4 weeks until you’re puppy reaches 16 weeks of age.

Below are common vaccines and time-frames for most puppy vaccines. Lifestyle * vaccines are available for puppies. Exactly which vaccines and when they are given should be discussed with your pet’s veterinarian. NOTE: we include Bordetella vaccine in our list of core vaccines for Florida pets.
* Core Vaccinations – Vaccinations that the all puppies should receive
** Lifestyle (non-core) Vaccinations – Vaccinations that some puppies should receive depending upon their lifestyle (exposure to these diseases).

Common (“CORE”) vaccines for puppies

Lifestyle vaccines may be worked into this schedule;

  • Distemper/Parvo Virus vaccine – Generally given at all three puppy visits. Repeated at 1-year of age.
  • Bordetella vaccine – May be given one or more times as a puppy vaccine. Your veterinarian and the type vaccine used (injectable, intra-nasal or oral) make that determination. Repeated at 6-months or 12-months of age.
  • Rabies vaccine – Given only once at or after 12 weeks of age. Repeated at 1-year of age
  • Heartworm Preventative – Begin at 8 weeks of age and continue for the life of your pet.
  • Fecal Exam (stool check) – Generally checked at your pet’s first visit then again later if needed.

    Common puppy vaccination visits

  • First visit * – 8-10 weeks of age
  • Second visit – 11-13 weeks of age
  • Third visit – age 14-16
    • * first visit – please bring stool sample
    • * first visit – includes one FREE dose of monthly Heartworm preventative, (a ~$25 value)

Puppy Vaccinations – what does my puppy really need?

Above are listed the most common puppy vaccinations and the most common times they are given. However, your pets’ individual lifestyle determines which vaccinations your pet should receive. It is all about the potential exposure to a disease. If your pet is probably not exposed to a disease, there is no reason to vaccinate against that disease. However, if your pet is potentially exposed to a disease a prudent pet owner would have their pet vaccinated against that disease.
Veterinarians at Dunedin Animal Medical Center can assist you in making these “which Puppy Vaccinations does my puppy really need” decisions.

Puppy Vaccinations are conveniently available 7 days a week at Dunedin Animal Medical Center. Just call or email and request a Puppy Vaccinations appointment, you will be glad that you did.