Vaccinations are a key component of preventative veterinary medicine because they help keep your pet healthy.
You can combine different vaccines to fully protect your dog or puppy against a range of viral and bacterial diseases. It’s crucial to vaccinate puppies in order to protect them against disease while their immune system is still developing and the effect of the maternal antibodies starts to wane.
Before travelling overseas with your furry friend, you should read up on that country’s animal vaccination requirements. Many countries require your pet to be fully vaccinated to enter. Ask your vet about it!
What is the DHPP vaccine?
The DHPP core vaccine protects your dog against:
- Canine distemper
What other kinds of vaccinations do you offer for puppies and dogs?
In addition to DHPP, we can vaccinate your dog against:
- Lyme disease
- Bordetella (kennel cough)
When should I vaccinate my puppy?
Maternal antibodies from the mother’s milk start to lose their protective effects when the puppy is 6 weeks old. That’s why your puppy should receive its first vaccines around 8 weeks.
The ideal vaccine schedule for puppies is:
8 weeks: DHPP
12 weeks: DHPP, leptospirosis, Lyme disease
16 weeks: DHPP, leptospirosis, Lyme disease, rabies, Bordetella
After your pet receives their 8, 12, and 16-week booster shots, they will start following the vaccination schedule for adult dogs. Depending on the vaccine, your dog will then get their shots every year or every 3 years.