We recommend that puppies be vaccinted on the following schedule, (it is recognized that different States have different requirements and recommendation):
- 6-8 weeks – First Puppy Shot
- 8-14 weeks – deworming every 2 weeks
- 8 weeks – monthly heartworm and flea, tick and chewing lice prevention, therefter on a regular monthly basis
- 11 -12 weeks – Second Puppy Shot
- 15-16 weeks – Third Puppy Shot
- 4-6 months – Rabies, which gets repeated one year later, and therefter every three years or according to your State regulations.
- Dogs over a year should continue with monthly heartworm prevention, annual heartworm testing, screening for parasites, tick, flea and chewing lice prevention, and booster vaccintion per your vet’s recommendation. There currently is literature from M.D. Anderson in Texas that annual booster vaccines are often unnecessary.
The following is a list of diseases for which dogs may be vaccinated, and we would recommend talking to your Vet about his recommendations.
- Distemper (D) – an airborne viral disease of the lungs, intestines and brain.
- Hepatitis (H) – a viral disease involving the liver.
- Leptospirosis (L) – a bacterial disease of the urinary tract.
- Parainfluenza (P) – a very contagious respiratory virus.
- Parvovirus (Pa) – a viral disease of the intestine causing diarrhea, dehydration and death.
- Rabies – a viral disease fatal to animals.
- Corona – a viral disease of the intestines.
- Bordetella – a bacterial infection (kennel cough)