Health & Hygiene

Puppy Vaccinations | What Does My Puppy Need?

puppy vaccinations
Written by Reena Bakir

Making sure your new companion gets all their puppy vaccinations is an essential step for all new dog owners who want to bring their small friends home! These vaccinations ensure your pets health is well taken care of from the first few months of life, and protects them of many infectious illnesses and diseases.

Read on more to find out what puppy vaccinations your pet needs, and when they need them!

Why Vaccinate?

puppy vaccinations

The early months of your pup’s life are the most developmental in terms of health, social conditioning and adapting. As your pup goes through their first few weeks of life, the levels of maternal antibodies taken from their mother will progressively begin to drop, making the immune system of your pup weaker. Vaccinations ensure that even when these levels are gone, your pup will remain protected and healthy and will also help build your pup’s immunity to diseases from a very early age to give them a strong start at life.

Vaccines will therefore protect your pup from many deadly diseases that they are likely to be exposed to, such as:

  • Rabies
  • Kennel Cough
  • Parainfluenza
  • Canine Distemper
  • Canine Parvovirus
  • Hepatitis

And more.

What Vaccinations Does My Pup Need?

Consulting your vet is the first step to take in starting your pet’s vaccination schedule. While certain vaccinations are necessary for all dogs, some others are more dependent on your pet’s environment. A checkup with a vet will let you know exactly which vaccinations are essential for your pup!

Below is a puppy vaccination schedule that you will need to follow:

Age Necessary Vaccinations Optional Vaccinations
6-8 Weeks Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (DHPP) Bordatella
10-12 Weeks Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza (DHLPP) Coronavirus
12-16 Weeks Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza (DHLPP) Rabies Lyme
1 Year Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza (DHLPP) Rabies Bordetella, Carnovirus, Lyme Disease, Rattlesnake Vaccine
Every 1 Year Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza (DHLPP) Bordetella, Carnovirus, Lyme Disease, Rattlesnake Vaccine

Are there any risks?

If you have any worries about how your puppy might react to vaccines, make sure you consult your vet and carry out the necessary checks and tests before. While vaccines are usually safe for all dogs, some puppies may develop rashes or allergic reactions on the site of the injection for a few days after.

Make sure you check out our full Dog Vaccination Guide to know everything you need to know about keeping up with your dog’s vaccines!

About the author

Reena Bakir

Reena Bakir is a passionate student, writer and animal lover who is a regular contributor to Chelsea Dogs.

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