Puppy Vaccination Schedule: Your Guide to Shots

Vaccinations protect your puppy against a range of serious - potentially fatal - diseases. Here, our Lethbridge vets share a list of puppy shots, plus a schedule for having your four-legged friend vaccinated. 

Puppy Health

You've brought home your new puppy from a rescue shelter or breeder - now what? While the next year or so will be full of excitement and new discoveries for you and your furry best friend, you are also taking on many new responsibilities when it comes to your pet's health and happiness, including making sure they have all the vaccinations they need. 

Our Lethbridge vets understand that it can be challenging for new pup parents to remember which vaccinations their dogs need, and when. That's why we're sharing our recommended puppy vaccination schedule in this post.

When should my puppy receive their first shots?

To ensure they have the best protection against serious, potentially deadly viruses, diseases and parasites, our veterinarians recommend that puppies get their first round of vaccinations as soon as they are weaned - between six to eight weeks old for most. 

Your puppy should then receive a series of shots every two to four weeks until they are approximately 16 weeks old. 

What should I do if I'm unsure of my puppy's vaccination status?

Do you have a puppy that's more than 16 weeks old and isn't fully vaccinated? Perhaps you don't have access to your pet's medical history. In that case, ask your vet for their advice. He or she may advise you to begin the vaccination process again to ensure your pet is protected. 

It's always better to take all precautions possible where your pet's health is involved, rather than leave things to chance. 

Puppy Vaccination Schedule

It can be helpful to have a puppy vaccination schedule or chart on hand to remind you when your young dog should receive their next round of vaccines. The following is an outline of our recommended puppy deworming and vaccination schedule.

Deworming: Protection against parasites including heartworms, hookworms, roundworms, tapeworms and whipworms.

  • First deworming: 2 weeks
  • Subsequent dewormings: Will include a minimum of two prescription deworming treatments, followed by a tailored preventative treatment plan for your pet depending on his/her risk factors.

DA2PP: Protects your dog against Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus.

  • First vaccination: 8 weeks
  • Booster shots: 12 weeks and 16 weeks

Bordetella: Protection against kennel cough.

  • First vaccination: 12 weeks (Recommended)
  • Booster shots: Every 6 - 12 months

Rabies: Keeps your pet safe from the deadly rabies virus.

  • First vaccination: 16 weeks (varies by province)
  • Booster shots: Every 12 - 36 months

Does my puppy need every available vaccine?

Since each puppy's risk profile is unique, we recommend speaking to your vet to find out which vaccines your growing bundle of fur will need to reduce their risk now, and keep them healthy throughout their life. Immunizations against distemper, parvovirus and rabies are essential.

Your vet will identify risk factors particular to your dog and offer advice on the best immunizations for your pup.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is your dog due for vaccinations? Contact our veterinary hospital to book an appointment to ensure he or she gets the shots they require.

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