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Vaccines will be administered to puppies every 2-4 weeks until 16-18 weeks of age. Your puppy is not fully protected from the disease(s) being vaccinated against until 2 weeks after the last puppy vaccine for that disease, so be selective about where you take your puppy during this time. The vaccines administered to an individual puppy are dependent on age, exposure risk, and maternal antibodies. Here is an overview of the vaccines commonly considered for use in puppies at Lawndale Veterinary Hospital. For more information about individual diseases, visit the ‘Paws to Protect’ tab on our website.

Puppy Vaccine Schedule:

Vaccine

Recipient

Frequency

Rabies *REQUIRED BY LAW*

All puppies.

1st vaccine given between 12-16 weeks of age. The next booster is 1 year later, and then every 3 years.

Distemper / Adenovirus / Parainfluenza / Parvovirus (Combo)

All puppies.

Puppies receive this vaccine every 2-4 weeks until 16-18 weeks of age. The next vaccine is given 1 year later, and then every 2 years depending on age, vaccine history, and lifestyle.

Bordetella (Kennel cough)

All puppies. Future doses depend on the level of contact with other dogs (boarding, grooming, parks, stores, day care, etc.)

Every 6 months.

Leptospirosis

Puppies exposed to wildlife/water (hiking, camping, swimming, living near areas where wildlife frequent).

Initial (2 vaccines 2-3 weeks apart), then annual.

Lyme

Puppies at risk of exposure to ticks.

Initial (2 vaccines 2-3 weeks apart), then annual.

Author: Dr. C. Noureddine, DVM, MS