If their mother has a healthy immune system nursing puppies will receive antibodies from their mother’s milk. Once they are weaned, usually about 5 weeks, that immunization begins to wear off. That’s when they begin their veterinary vaccination schedule. Vaccinations are administered in 3 to 4 week intervals usually culminating with rabies at 16 weeks.
Vaccines fall into two categories. Core vaccines and Non-core vaccines.
|Core vaccines||Non-Core vaccines|
|Distemper||Bordetella (Kennel Cough)*|
|Adenovirus (Canine Heptatitus)||Parainfluenza|
|Rabies mandatory in almost all states||Adenovirus Intranasal|
- Note that many daycare, boarding, training and dog park entities – places where groups of dogs are likely to be in close contact – will require these vaccinations.
You can expect your veterinarian to ask several questions about your dog’s lifestyle in order to determine the appropriateness of non-core vaccines.
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