Canine Vaccine Recommendations

Canine Vaccine Recommendations

Core Vaccines – Always Recommended

  1. Rabies
  2. Parvovirus
  3. Distemper
  4. Hepatitis (Adenovirus 2)

Non-Core Vaccines – Recommended As Needed

  1. Parainfluenza 2 – included with most vaccines
  2. Leptospirosis – recommended in rural/suburban areas
  3. Bordatella (Kennel Cough) – recommended if a pet goes to groomers or is boarded
  4. Lymes Disease – not found in our area
  5. Rattlesnake – reduces dog’s reaction to snake bites

Puppy Vaccine Schedule

 Puppies should be vaccinated at 6, 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age and then receive boosters 1 year later.

 Rabies Vaccine Schedule

 The initial rabies vaccine can be given to puppies as early as 12 weeks of age and is effective for 1 year, at which time a rabies booster vaccine is needed. This booster vaccine can then be given every 3 years although some municipalities require annual revaccination.

 The core and non-core vaccine schedules vary. Your veterinarian can make recommendations based on your pet’s needs.