Puppy vaccinations (aka puppy shots) are a very important way to help prevent many infectious diseases and promote a long healthy life in your new dog. Some vaccines are considered core, or mandatory vaccines. These are the DAPP and rabies vaccines for puppies. The DAPP combination vaccine protects puppies against distemper virus, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and adenovirus. These vaccines are typically given every 3-4 weeks beginning as early as 6 weeks old and ending when your puppy is 16 weeks old. The DAPP vaccine needs to be boostered one year after the 16 week vaccine, then 3 years after that.
Rabies vaccines are given to puppies at 12-16 weeks of age. Most veterinarians tend to vaccinate around 16 weeks unless there is an increased risk of exposure at a younger age. There are many optional vaccines for puppies as well depending on their lifestyle and location. Bordetella is the vaccine for the bacteria and one of the viruses associated with kennel cough.
The leptospirosis vaccine protects against disease caused by several types of bacteria acquired from water in areas where wildlife roam. Rats, raccoons, and deer are common carriers of this disease. Leptospirosis can cause kidney and liver failure in dogs. It is also zoonotic, which means people can get the infection too. Canine influenza is a contagious upper respiratory disease. Most infected dogs will have a cough, fever, lethargy, decreased appetite and sometimes progress to getting pneumonia.
Puppy vaccines almost all must be given in a series of boosters. The Fuzzy membership includes all core vaccines and boosters, including Rabies, DHPP, bordetella, and leptospirosis for dogs. Other vaccines like the flu, Lyme, and rattlesnake are available upon special request. Fuzzy pets love getting their vaccinations on the couch, instead of on a metal table!