Vaccinating Your Puppy

Vaccinations are important to your puppy as they help prevent contagious and life-threatening diseases. Some are required, while others are simply recommended. If you have recently brought home a puppy, it’s your job to discuss with a veterinarian the best vaccination program to protect your puppy.
  • Inoculation is most effective when given at fixed dates with booster vaccinations.
  • Puppies usually begin a vaccination program at the age of six to eight weeks.
  • Your veterinarian will help you choose the vaccination program best suited for your puppy, depending on the risk he faces from genetics, lifestyle and environment.
  • Tell your veterinarian where your puppy will spend time (visiting doggie day care or kennels, in the woods, traveling outside the country, etc.), as special vaccinations may be required.

FAST FACTS

  • Vaccinations supplement your puppy’s natural defenses. 
  • Most kennels and doggie day care facilities require proof that vaccinations are current. 
  • Call your veterinarian to get your puppy started on a vaccination schedule.