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Canine Recommended Vaccine Schedule


Puppy vaccines can start at 8 weeks of age, we recommend the following;



8 Weeks of Age

  • Exam

  • DA2PP #1

  • Deworming #1 (For Some Intestinal Parasites)

  • Fecal Test (Parasite Severity)


12 Weeks of Age

  • Exam

  • DA2PP #2

  • Bordetella

  • Rabies

  • Deworming #2


16 Weeks of Age

  • Exam*

  • DA2PP #3 (Final)

  • Leptospirosis #1

  • Deworming #3


18-20 Weeks of Age

  • Leptospirosis #2

  • Spay/Neuter Bloodwork

*An exam at 16weeks of age is dependent on current vaccination history and schedule, for some puppies one may not be needed


Canine Vaccine Definitions

DA2PP – A combination vaccine containing:

  • Distemper: A viral respiratory disease that involves the central nervous system; this infection is most often fatal.

  • Adenovirus 2/Hepatitis: A fatal viral infection of the liver.

  • Parvo: A serious viral intestinal infection known as parvo viral enteritis that also affects the bone marrow and suppresses white blood cell production; it can vary in its severity and sometimes can be treated. Unfortunately treatment is not always effective.

  • Parainfluenza: A viral respiratory tract infection that results in coughing, sneezing, and conjunctivitis.

Bordetella – This is a vaccine given to dogs that are around other dogs; it protects against a respiratory tract infection called Bordetella Bronchiseptica or more commonly known as kennel cough; it can be given as an injection, intranasally, or as an oral vaccine. Here at Alpine Animal Hospital, we utilize the oral Bordetella vaccine.

Rabies – Canine rabies vaccines are generally given as a one year vaccine when they are 3 months of age and then as a three year vaccine the following year pending they remain up to date on their vaccine. This is to ensure sufficient protection against the rabies virus were they to ever become exposed to a rabid animal. Please note that the rabies vaccine is legally required in all 50 States for both dogs and cats no matter the indoor/outdoor status of the pet.

Leptospirosis – An injectable vaccine against the bacterial infection Leptospirosis which is shed in the urine of some wild animals

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