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Puppy Vaccination Schedule

Your veterinarian will determine a proper puppy vaccination schedule for your pet, but you still need to be aware of some important milestones.


Because missing even one vaccination may expose your puppy to a variety of diseases.

Your puppy will receive his or hers first series of vaccines between 6 and 8 weeks of age. More will follow.

I will show you what vaccines, and at what age, your puppy will receive, but first, let's review some important...

Facts About Dog Vaccination

  • Some people think that smaller breeds receive smaller dosage vaccines than puppies of larger breeds. That's not true. All puppies receive the same dosage.
  • After a vaccine is administered, it does not immediately stimulate your puppy's immune system. First, puppy's immune system must recognize and respond to the antigens it received.
  • Usually, protection against the decease will begin about 5 days after the vaccination. Full protection can take additional 5 to 9 days.
  • Sometimes, your puppy will need to be vaccinated two or more times over several weeks to achieve full protection.
  • Finally, one of the biggest misconceptions about dog vaccination is a belief that booster shots are required on an annual basis. That's not so. As a matter of fact, some veterinarians believe that some booster shots are not only unnecessary but could do more harm than good to your pet's health.

Side Effects of Puppy Shots

Just like babies, puppies can experience a number of adverse reactions to vaccination. 

Here are some of the symptoms and what you should do if your puppy displays any of them…



May occurs in the first 24 hours after vaccination. If it lasts longer than 24 hours, call your veterinarian



Just like depression, may occur in the first 24 hours after vaccination. Contact your veterinarian if it lasts beyond 24 hours



Same as vomiting



This is probably an allergic reaction. Call your veterinarian immediately



Same as vomiting

The dog health guide includes additional symptom charts. Each chart starts from the specific symptoms of a particular ailment and tells you the recommended path of treatment for each one, as well as advising whether veterinary care should be sought – and if so, how urgently.

Puppy Vaccination Schedule

Your veterinarian will determine a schedule for your puppy. What follows is just a sample puppy vaccination schedule.


6 weeks

Distemper, Deworming, Fecal flotation, Heartworm preventive


9 weeks

Distemper, Parvo, Corona, Bordetella


12 weeks

Distemper, Parvo, Corona


16 weeks

Distemper, Parvo, Corona, Rabies, Fecal Flotation, Lyme



Distemper, Parvo, Corona, Rabies, Fecal Flotation, Heartworm test

Discuss your puppy's vaccination schedule with your vet during the first visit.

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As a dog owner, you are responsible for your puppy's health. A good source for dog health information, including type of shots your pet will need and puppy vaccination schedule, is the Ultimate Guide to Dog Health.


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