Skip to Main Content

Blog

Dog Vaccination Schedule: What You Need To Know

Vaccinations are vital for protecting your dog against a number of dangerous, and potentially deadly conditions. Here, our Cordova vet shares the recommended schedule for getting your dog vaccinated.


Puppies

When adopting or purchasing a puppy be sure to request a copy of your new pet's medical records, including their immunization records. Your dog will visit the vet numerous times throughout their life, and knowing their medical and immunization history is important.

When should your puppy get their first shots?

For optimum protection, our Cordova vets recommend that your puppy receive their first round of vaccinations as soon as they are weaned, between six to eight weeks old.

After that, your puppy should receive a series of shots every two to four weeks until they are about 14 weeks old.

I'm not sure if my dog is up-to-date on shots, what should I do?

If you have a dog that's over 16 weeks old and isn't fully vaccinated, or if you don't know the vaccination history of your pet, consult your vet. You may be advised to begin the vaccination process again in order to protect your pet.

When it comes to your pet's health it's always better to be safe than sorry!

Vaccination Schedule for Puppies & Adult Dogs

The following is a helpful outline of which vaccinations your dog should receive and when.

DHLPPC: Protects your dog against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvo and corona.

  • First vaccination: 6 - 8 weeks
  • Second vaccination: 9 - 11 weeks
  • Third vaccination: 12 - 14 weeks
  • Fourth vaccination: 16 - 17 weeks
  • Booster shots: Every 12 months

Bordetella: Protection against kennel cough.

  • First vaccination: 14 weeks
  • Booster shots: Every 6 - 12 months

Rabies: Keeps your pet safe from the deadly rabies virus.

  • First vaccination: 16 weeks (varies by state)
  • Booster shots: Every 12 - 36 months

Lyme: Helps to prevent Lyme disease in pets.

  • First vaccination: 14 weeks
  • Second vaccination: 17 weeks
  • Booster shots: Every 12 months

Does my dog need all of the available vaccines?

Risk factors are different for each pet. However, to protect your dog's health throughout their lifetime it is essential to keep your pet immunized against parvovirus, distemper, rabies and hepatitis.

Your vet will consider the risk factors facing your pet and advise you on which immunizations are best for your dog.

If it's time to get your dog vaccinated, contact Germantown Parkway Animal Hospital in Cordova to schedule an appointment for your pet.

Vaccination Schedule for Dogs | Cordova Vet

Looking for a vet in Cordova and greater Memphis area?

We're always accepting new patients, so contact our veterinary hospital today to book your pet's first appointment.

Contact Us

Related Articles View All

Help! My cat won't drink water!

We all know that staying hydrated is essential to our good health, and the same is true for our feline friends. So what should you do if your cat won't drink water? Our Cordova vets share reasons why your cat may not be drinking and what you can do.

Cat Care 101 - How Often Should You Take a Cat to The Vet?

You have a beautiful new feline family member and want to do your best to keep them happy and healthy. So, how often should you take a cat to the vet to help give them their very best shot at a long healthy life? Our Cordova vets explain...

Cat Limping - When It's Time To Head To The Vet

Cat's are curious and active creatures, and most cats will hurt themselves at some point. So whether your cat is a homebody or an outdoor adventurer there are countless reasons why your cat may be limping. Today our Cordova vets look at why cats limp and what you should do if your cat is limping.

Urinary Tract Infections & Other Urinary Conditions in Cats

Although urinary tract infections are far less common in cats than in dogs, our Cordova vets often see a number of other feline urinary tract diseases in cats. Today we share more about UTIs and other urinary tract conditions in cats.

PhoneContact