When puppies are born, they receive their first milk which is called colostrum from their mother. This colostrum is rich in antibodies that are geared to help the puppy fight off many illnesses and build immunity during the time they are in the care of their mother. Around the time of 6-8 weeks, these maternal antibodies begin to fade away, making the puppy susceptible to other diseases. This is when your puppy gets introduced to the clinic for vaccines. The vaccination schedule for your puppy begins around six to eight weeks of age.
One of the core vaccinations for your puppy is Distemper/Adenovirus 2/Parvovirus/Para influenza (DA2PP). This vaccine will help begin immunity against these deadly viruses. Kennel cough, Bordetella, is also given to your puppy at this time. This vaccine helps protect your puppy from a respiratory illness that is passed from dog to dog and is given every 6mos after this initial vaccination. Once this initial meet and greet is performed at the clinic, we will see your puppy back for another round of DAPP shots at the age of 10-12 weeks. At 14-16 weeks, your puppy will have another DAPP shot as well as receive their rabies vaccination. Your puppy will begin to start immunity to these viruses after the first vaccination but each vaccination thereafter ensures a stronger and more protected immunity. By the time your puppy is 18 months old, they will begin to get vaccinated every 3 years. Until your puppy has been through their entire vaccine schedule, they should not be around any other dogs with unknown vaccines histork (dog parks!).
Our Vaccine Schedule:
6-8 Weeks Old: First DA2PP vaccine, +/- Kennel Cough
10-12 Weeks Old: 3 week Booster of DA2PP, +/- Kennel Cough (if it was not given already)
14-16 Weeks Old: 3 week booster of DA2PP, and first rabies vaccine.
18-20 Weeks Old: On some breeds more prone to Parvovirus, we will give an additional 3 week booster of DA2PP.
18 Months: Your pet will receive their DA2PP and Rabies 3 year vaccines
Maintenance for adult dogs:
Distemper/Adenovirus 2/ Parvovirus/ Para Influenza combo Vaccine: Every 3 years
Rabies: Every 3 years
Kennel Cough/Bordetella: Every 6 months