Other than deciding to spay or neuter your dog, vaccines are one of the best ways to make sure your pup lives a long, happy life. Vaccines prevent many diseases that can seriously harm your dog, including Parvovirus and Rabies.
Getting a new puppy can be overwhelming, and vaccines are definitely a part of that! There are many different vaccines, and even some combination vaccines that target multiple diseases.
While this article will serve as a starting point for your pup’s vaccination schedule, your veterinarian will be able to answer your questions and determine the right vaccinations and timing for your dog.
What Shots Do Puppies Need?
Any vaccination your pup gets will fit into one of two categories: core and non-core vaccines.
Core vaccines are essential for your dog’s health and will almost unanimously recommended by your veterinarian. Core vaccinations protect your dog from:
- Canine Hepatitis
Non-core vaccinations depend on your location and your dog’s activity. There are many more than listed here, but these are the most common non-core vaccinations:
- Bordetella (Kennel Cough)
- Lyme Disease
When Should My Puppy Get Vaccinated?
This information is based off of my own puppy’s vaccination schedule.
- 6 – 8 Weeks: Distemper, Measles, Parainfluenza, Bordetella
- 12 Weeks: DDHPP (protects against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus)
- 14 Weeks: DHPP, Bordetella
- 16 Weeks: Rabies
- 12 Months: DHPP
- 16 Months: Rabies
For all vaccinations as well as determining your puppy’s vaccine schedule, it is essential to consult your veterinarian. The timeline shown here is only a guideline, and it is entirely based off of what my personal veterinarian chose to do for my puppy.
Often vets will give you the option to purchase a “puppy package.” It varies from vet to vet what the package includes, but typically it will include all of your dog’s vaccines for a discounted price. Sometimes it even includes your dog’s spay or neuter surgery.
This is the option I chose when my puppy was going through her vaccinations. It made the whole process mucheasier because everything was paid for and all I had to do was bring my puppy in for her next set of shots whenever the vet scheduled it.
You’re All Set!
That was a quick guide for what shots puppies need as well as a rough timeline for when your pup will get his shots. As always, if you ever have any questions about vaccinations or your puppy’s vaccination schedule please consult your veterinarian.
I hope this guide was helpful for you! If you have a new puppy or you’re thinking about getting one, be sure to download my guidebook for new dog owners down below. It contains tips for your pup’s first day with you, advice for choosing food, essential tricks to teach your new dog, and a supply checklist to give your new puppy the best start possible.