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Dog Vaccination schedule-Things to Know

Dog Vaccination is the best preventive measure you can take to protect your pet dog from many infectious diseases. The past decade has witnessed significant development in canine vaccines which are by far the safest and most cost effective way to keep your dog safe from various pathogens.

Dog vaccines are broadly divided into two categories i.e., Core Vaccines and Non-Core Vaccines. While the Core vaccines are important for all pups and dogs; the Non-core Vaccines are optional and must be given based upon requirement.

The Core Vaccines include:


It provides protection against fatal diseases like Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Para influenza. You must ensure this vaccination for your puppy at an interval of 2-4 weeks until it is about 20 weeks old. Later you can switch to its booster dose after one year.

Rabies virus vaccine

Rabies is a non-curable disease and hence its vaccination is a must for your dog. This vaccination is recommended when your puppy is 3 months old and then you can switch to booster shot as per schedule.

The Non-Core Vaccines include:

Bordetella and Canine Parainfluenza vaccine

Bordetella and canine parainfluenza virus cause highly contagious cough in dogs which is commonly known as kennel cough. It’s treatable but holds the potential to cause severe respiratory diseases as well. So, if your dog visits day care or park regularly then getting a jab is the best decision.

Canine Influenza

H3N2 and H3N8 are the two strains responsible for causing canine influenza. It leads to fever and nasal discharge in dogs. The stay at home dogs don’t generally require this vaccine as they are not exposed to other dogs. However, the veterinarian might recommend this vaccine if your dog’s immunity is low. So, consult a good vet before setting your Dog’s Vaccination schedule.

Leptospira (Leptospirosis) vaccine

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease transmitted via urine of other animals. It impacts dog’s kidney and liver. This vaccine is only recommended if you either live or visit the geographic locations where leptospirosis occurs.

Dog Vaccination schedule

All dog parents must follow the below mentioned Dog Vaccination Schedule irrespective of the breed they own

A typical puppy vaccination schedule:

First vaccination: 6 to 8 weeks – DHPP

Second vaccination: 9 to 11 weeks – DHPP

Third vaccination: 12 to 15 weeks – DHPP

Fourth vaccination: 16 to 20 weeks – DHPP

Booster DHPP

1 year of age after the last puppy shot and then it’s usually recommended every 1-3 years.

Rabies vaccination

Rabies vaccination is given when the pup is 3-6 months old and later booster shot is recommended 12 months later, then a booster every 1-3 years.

Bordetella, Parainfluenza, and Canine Influenza

These vaccines are recommended for dogs that are at a risk of exposure. Its boosters are given annually.

Lyme or Leptospirosis

These vaccines are usually recommended by vets when you live in or travel with your dog to an area where these diseases are common.

Vaccination side effects

Sometimes the dog vaccines might cause mild reaction on your pet but there is nothing to worry about. So, you must monitor your pet closely after each vaccination. In case you notice some discomfort or fever persisting for more than 24 hours then go for vet consultation.

If you are still confused regarding the list of vaccines that your dog needs then visit the nearest MaxPetZ clinic and consult with our experienced vets. Based upon your dog’s health condition as well as lifestyle, right Dog vaccine schedule will be recommended for your beloved pet.

Call 8448449955, to book your consultation or vaccination appointment.

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