|Sam & Isabel|
The number one thing I hear from new puppy owners is that their puppy already has all its shots. The first thing you need to understand is that a puppy will get a series of vaccinations starting around 8 weeks of age and ending no earlier than 16 weeks of age. So if your puppy is only 8 weeks old, he has definitely not had all his shots.
If you got your puppy from a reputable source, they will provide you with written vaccination records. If the person you got your puppy from does not have written records, you should probably assume that you puppy is not vaccinated.
It is very important that your puppy receive all of his vaccinations. After the initial vaccination, he will come back every 3 weeks for a booster shot until his vaccine series is completed. Most dogs will complete their series by 16 weeks of age, but some, especially small breeds, may require vaccinations past 16 weeks. Your puppy will get his rabies vaccination at 16 weeks or when he has developed adult teeth.
Core Vaccines: These are vaccines that every dog should have.
- DA2PP – vaccinates for Canine Distemper-Adenovirus Type 2-Parainfluenza-Parvovirus Vaccine. Given every 3 weeks starting at 8 weeks of age and continuing through at least 16 weeks of age.
- Rabies – Vaccinates for canine rabies virus. Given no earlier than 16 weeks. This vaccine is required for public safety and licensing.
Non-Core Vaccines: These are vaccines that are only recommended for certain dogs.
- Bordetella (Kennel Cough) – vaccinates for Bordetella Bronchiseptica. Recommended for dogs that come into contact with other dogs on a regular basis. Dogs that visit the groomer or are boarded in kennel facilities are often required to have a current bordetella vaccination. This vaccine is boostered yearly thereafter.
- Canine Influenza – vaccinates for the new Canine Influenza virus. Recommended for dogs that come into contact with other dogs on a regular basis. Initial vaccination requires the initial injection and on booster three weeks later. This vaccine is boostered yearly thereafter.