Just like children need vaccines, shots for puppies are something you need to put into your household budget. After finding a veterinarian that you like you want to make sure that you schedule time to get your puppy vaccinated.
Unfortunately, vaccines for dogs are not a 100% guarantee that sickness won’t occur. Dogs can still get ill even after receiving the recommended vaccinations. Also, some puppies are allergic to vaccines.
Therefore, it’s usually a good idea to keep your puppy at the veterinarian’s office for a half hour or so after receiving his initial round of shots.
Also, many experts recommend that you spread out the time between the vaccinations for puppies so that you don’t run the risk of over exposure. Although this may be a bit more costly in terms of vet bills, you also reduce the likelihood of your puppy having a serious reaction to his vaccinations.
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When Should a Puppy Have His First Shots?The very first vaccines a puppy should receive ought to be given right around the time that they are weaned off mother’s milk. Unless there are extenuating circumstances (such as a puppy being orphaned), then a good rule of thumb is to give a puppy his first shots at around six weeks of age.
Many puppies for sale at a breeder or pet store may already have had some of their shots administered. Of course, if you are dealing with a reputable AKC breeder then they should be handling all of the puppy injections in the litter for you.
Your vet will let you know if a series of shots is recommended for your puppy (which it usually is). If this is the case, he or she will put your puppy on a follow-up pet vaccinations schedule until all of the necessary shots have been given. Once your pet reaches adulthood, puppy vaccination appointments are typically made on an annual basis.
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A well-planned puppy vaccination schedule will protect your dog from a wide variety of diseases
In most cases, your puppy will need a series of shots that consists of distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and parvovirus which is also abbreviated as DHLPP. Sometimes additional shots that may be part of a vaccine schedule are recommended such as adenovirus-2, bordetella vaccine (kennel cough) and Lyme disease. Your vet will let you know which ones are right for your puppy.
What follows is a list of the most common vaccinations for dogs and an explanation of the disease they prevent.
- Adenovirus-2 – This is a virus which is known to affect the upper respiratory tract and which is also highly contagious
- Bordetella – This is also known as kennel cough and is essentially a form of dog bronchitis
- Corona – This a disease which is caused by a viral infection of the intestines
- Distemper – This is a virus which can affect the lungs, brain and even intestines and which is spread by airborne contact
- Hepatitis – This is similar to what humans experience and is a virus which affects the liver
- Leptospirosis – This ailment affects the urinary tract bacterially
- Lyme Disease – This is spread by ticks and usually results in a bout of acute arthritis
- Parainfluenza – This is a highly infectious form of bronchitis
- Parvovirus – This is a disease which is caused by a virus in the intestinal tract
- Rabies – This viral disease affects all animals including humans and can be fatal
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If you are concerned about the cost of puppy shots, many vets offer shot packages to help make them more affordable, usually around $200
The cost of puppy shots can vary from one part of the country to another. Therefore, if you are on a tight budget, you’ll want to call around to your local veterinary clinics and do a bit of price shopping and comparison.
Many people view puppy shots as costly but in the long run they can save you thousands of dollars in expensive treatment that could have been prevented early on with a series of affordable shots.
Nationwide, the average cost of a puppy shot is about $15 per shot. Most veterinary clinics will offer package shot deals where you can get them for between $100 – $200 per series.
Typical Puppy Shots Schedule your vet might recommend something slightly different, you’ll find that the handy puppy vaccination schedule listed below will give you a good foundation for understanding the vaccine intervals and keeping track of shot records.
- Series #1 (Ages 6 to 8 weeks). Distemper, Hepatitis, and Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus and Corona (DHLPPC)
- Series #2 (Ages 11 to 12 weeks). Distemper, Hepatitis, and Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus and Corona (DHLPPC)
- Series #3 (Ages 15 to 16 weeks). Distemper, Hepatitis, and Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus and Corona (DHLPPC)
In order to help you more easily organize and keep track of dog vaccination schedule above please feel free to use the free puppy shot record grid below. You may need more or less space for keeping track (depending upon the schedule set by your vet) but there’s enough space for up to eight entries of dog vaccines.
|Vaccine Type||Shot Date 1||Shot Date 2||Shot Date 3||Shot Date 4||Shot Date 5||Shot Date 6||Shot Date 7||Shot Date 8|
Although each vet’s recommendation for a puppy immunization schedule may differ a bit here or there, you should find that most are fairly similar. Remember that shots for puppies are just one more way that you show your friend how much you love them and want them to live a long, healthy and happy life!