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Vaccination Schedule for Canines


Vaccinations given before three months of age are often called "temporary". Vaccinations given after three months of age will last for one year. The only exception is the 3 year Rabies vaccination given by some veterinarian. The first year of a puppy's growth is equal to 15 years growth for a person. This means that every 3 weeks of the puppy's first year is equal to one full year to a child. Since growth changes occur so fast, it is imperative that wellness examinations be performed each time the vaccinations are given.

Puppies receive protection from disease from the antibodies in their mother's milk during the first three days of nursing. The length of time the protection lasts is different for each puppy. Therefore vaccinations are given to "boost" that protection until the puppy can produce his or her own antibodies. The vaccinations your dog receives may vary based on local laws and the philosophy of your veterinarian. It is recommended that the following vaccinations and health checks are given beginning at 8 weeks of age and continuing until 4 months.

  • Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Rarainfluenze - at 8 , 12, 16 weeks of age, then annually
  • Parvovirus - at 8, 12, 16 weeks of age, then annually
  • Rabies - at 16 weeks of age, then annually or every three years depending on the vaccination.
  • Bordetella – 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age, then annually
  • Intestinal worm checks - at 8 and 16 weeks, then twice yearly
  • Neutering or Hysterectomy - at 8 weeks of age
  • Heartworm preventative - begun between 8-15 weeks of age and continues for life
  • Annual booster vaccinations given along with an intestinal worm check twice yearly and annual heartworm blood tests