Vaccinations for Dogs

Vaccinations for Puppies

  1. Vaccination for Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenze (DHPP) given 3 weeks apart through sixteen weeks of age. The first set may be given as early as 6-8 weeks of age. Typically puppies get two to four of these vaccines during their puppyhood. This vaccine is required for surgery, puppy class, most boarding facilities. It needs to be boostered once in 12 months and then every 3 years.
  2. Rabies vaccine after twelve weeks of age, many times on the last puppy visit. This vaccine is required by state law and is good for one year. Subsequent vaccinations are given every three years.
  3. Lyme disease vaccination given as early as nine weeks of age, with a booster in 2-3 weeks. This is highly recommended for dogs likely to encounter deer ticks. It is boostered annually.
  4. Bordetella (Kennel Cough) vaccine given to dogs that are boarded, attend puppy class, participate in dog shows, are regularly groomed or hunt with other dogs. The oral vaccine (protection lasts six months) can be given as early as four weeks of age. The injectable vaccine (protection lasts twelve months) and can be given at eight weeks of age. It needs to be boostered 2-4 weeks later.

Vaccinations for Adult Dogs

Adult dogs who have never been vaccinated should receive all three of the vaccines listed above at their annual visit. The DHPP and Lyme vaccines are typically boostered three weeks later, then annually.

* Please consult with our doctors and staff to determine the most appropriate immunization schedule for your puppy or adult dog.


Vaccine Reactions

While rare, dogs and cats can have reactions to vaccinations. Signs can include lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, facial swelling, pain or swelling at the injection site, or anaphylaxis.

It is common for pets to be lethargic for a day or two after vaccinations and this does not require further treatment.

Call us immediately if your pet collapses, develops labored breathing or pale gums, or has facial swelling after a vaccination. Please call the emergency clinic at our phone number or dial them directly at 218-302-8000 if this occurs after business hours.

If your pet experiences a vaccination reaction, future vaccines may be given separately or your pet may be pre-medicated prior to receiving vaccines. For severe reactions, the vaccines may be avoided entirely.

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