Canine Recommended Vaccine Schedule:
Initial Puppy Vaccines can start between 6 and 8 weeks of age but we recommend the following schedule:
** Please note that if vaccines are started at 6 weeks of age, additional boosters will be given every 3-4 weeks until they are a minimum of 16 weeks of age to ensure adequate immunity has developed against the pathogens for which we are vaccinating for.
|8 Weeks of Age||
**Please not that some intestinal parasites require a different form of dewormer which is why we recommend running a fecal in addition to our administering our routine dewormer. Some intestinal parasites are zoonotic and it is best to use caution when handling your puppy’s feces until they have had their fecal testing done.
|12 Weeks of Age||
|16 Weeks of Age||
|18-20 Weeks of Age||
One year later your dog will be due for the following:
- Rabies – This will now be given as a 3 year vaccine, so as long as you keep your dog up to date on their rabies vaccine it will only need to be done every 3 years going forward.
- Distemper – This will now be given as a 3 year vaccine, so as long as you keep your dog up to date on their distemper vaccine it will only need to be done every 3 years going forward.
- Bordetella – Dogs who are boarded, groomed, or frequently interact with other dogs would benefit from having this vaccine done twice a year, however for most dogs it is done annually.
- Leptospirosis – This vaccine must be done annually as the body does not form the same type of long term immunity to bacterial infections like it does to viral infections, which is why we can do 3 year rabies and distemper vaccines but not leptospirosis vaccines.
Canine Vaccine Definitions:
- DA2PP – A combination vaccine containing:
o Distemper: A viral respiratory disease that involves the central nervous system; this infection is most often fatal.
o Adenovirus 2/Hepatitis: A fatal viral infection of the liver.
o Parvo: A serious viral intestinal infection known as parvo viral enteritis that also affects the bone marrow and suppresses white blood cell production; it can vary in its severity and sometimes can be treated. Unfortunately treatment is not always effective.
o Parainfluenza: A viral respiratory tract infection that results in coughing, sneezing, and conjunctivitis.
- Bordetella – This is a vaccine given to dogs that are around other dogs; it protects against a respiratory tract infection called Bordetella Bronchiseptica or more commonly known as kennel cough; it can be given as an injection, intranasally, or as an oral vaccine. Here at Alpine Animal Hospital, we utilize the oral Bordetella vaccine.
- Rabies – Canine rabies vaccines are generally given as a one year vaccine when they are 3 months of age and then as a three year vaccine the following year pending they remain up to date on their vaccine. This is to ensure sufficient protection against the rabies virus were they to ever become exposed to a rabid animal. Please note that the rabies vaccine is legally required in all 50 States for both dogs and cats no matter the indoor/outdoor status of the pet.
- Leptospirosis – An injectable vaccine against the bacterial infection Leptospirosis which is shed in the urine of some wild animals