PUPPY VACCINES

What does your puppy need today?

DA2PPv and Rabies

The four core canine vaccines that every dog needs include:


Distemper- The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, gooey eyes, nasal discharge, callusing of the nose and foot pads. Most dogs die within two weeks of being exposed to the bacteria and can only be helped with supportive care. The vaccine is given at 6-8 weeks of age, then repeated every 3 weeks until the puppy is 16 weeks old. A booster is given at 1 year, 2 years then every 3 years after that.


Parvovirus -Parvo is highly contagious and is usually seen in puppies 6 months or younger. The symptoms includes bloody diarrhea, shock and extreme vomiting. The virus is spread by exposure to infected feces. The vaccine is given at 6-8 weeks of age, then repeated every 3 weeks until the puppy is 16 weeks old. A booster is given at 1 year, 2 years then every 3 years after that.


Adenovirus-2 -Symptoms include dry hacking, retching and nasal discharge. This disease causes many other respiratory diseases but the recovery is excellent. The vaccine is given at 6-8 weeks of age, then repeated every 3 weeks until the puppy is 16 weeks old. A booster is given at 1 year, 2 years then every 3 years after that.


Parainfluenza - A highly contagious virus that causes upper respiratory infections. The symptom is just a very dry cough. The vaccine is given at 6-8 weeks of age, then repeated every 3 weeks until the puppy is 16 weeks old. A booster is given at 1 year, 2 years then every 3 years after that.

The vaccines above are given all at once with one injection


Rabies- The last vaccine you will need is the Rabies Vaccine (not included above). Rabies is a fatal disease that can be passed to humans. Rabies is a incurable disease that effects the nervous system. The symptoms include off behavior and foaming at the mouth. This vaccine is given at 12 weeks of age, repeated at one year, then every 3 years.

Non-Core Canine Vaccines

These vaccines are NOT mandatory but should be given depending on the lifestyle of your dog:


Bordetella (Kennel Cough) -traveling or in and out of kennels frequently

Kennel Cough rarely becomes life threatening but it can. Your dog can obtain this by being around kennels and dog parks frequently. Symptoms include a dry hacking cough and a watery discharge coming from the nose. The vaccine for the kennel cough can be intranasal or injectable. The vaccine is given at 12 weeks of age, then a booster 3 weeks later. The booster than can be given yearly, or if at high risk, every 6 months.


Laptospria (lepto) -infected water

Lepto is a bacteria that can be passed from animal to human (zoonotic). The disease is passed through infected water, urine and soil. Symptoms include fever, joint pain, loss of appetite, depression, excessive drinking and kidney failure. This disease is fatal if not treated early on. The vaccine for lepto should be given at 12 weeks, then a booster 3 weeks later, then yearly.


Borrelia (Lyme) - hunting

Lyme is passed by tics that are on the dog for longer than 48 hours. In that time the bacteria has officially went into the body. Symptoms include joint pain, fever, loss of appetite and swollen lymph nodes. The vaccine is given at 12 weeks, a booster 3 weeks later, then yearly.


These vaccines are crucial for your pet if they have the lifestyle. These diseases can be fatal to your pet so its very important you talk to your vet about what is best for your pet.

Source for the picture above

"Why Do Puppies Need a Rabies Booster Shot?" Vetstreet. N.p., n.d. Web. 22 Sept. 2014.