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Puppy Vaccination Schedule for New Puppy Owners

Updated: Jun 11, 2022

When a new puppy arrives, the first steps you take as an owner are to make sure they’re comfortable, happy, and healthy.

Once they’re settled in, it’s time to prepare to get them vaccinated and dewormed to prevent common diseases. Most often, the breeder or shelter you got your puppy from should have given them at least their first round of vaccinations and at least one deworming, but there may still be more your pup needs.

Should Breeders or Shelters Vaccinate Their Puppies?

Breeders should vaccinate their puppies once they are around six to eight weeks old. Most puppies are generally ready to leave their mother around eight weeks, so their first round of vaccinations should be sufficient before they’re sent to you. Then, it’s time to take them in for round two.

What Is a Good Puppy Vaccination Schedule?

When you take your puppy in for their vaccinations, your veterinarian will let you know which vaccinations they recommend and when to receive them.

Below is a general puppy vaccination schedule for your new fur baby:

Six to eight weeks: DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvo) If this isn’t already done by the breeder or shelter.

Nine to 11 weeks: DHPP and Bordetella

12-15 weeks: DHPP,Bordetella, and Rabies

16-20 weeks DHPP

You will also want to ask your veterinarian if vaccines against Canine Influenza and Leptospirosis are appropriate for your puppy.

If you purchase your puppy from a breeder, they will often provide a detailed vaccination schedule to help you care for your new puppy. If they don’t offer one, it’s good to ask if they have that resource for you.

Is Deworming Necessary for Puppies?

We recommend giving your puppies deworming medication as often as your veterinarian recommends, especially if you live in a climate that promotes parasitic growth. This will promote better health and happiness for your puppy.

The Best Way to Keep Your Puppies Healthy

Vaccinating and deworming your puppy will keep them healthy and strong when it comes time to sell them. If you’re a breeder or want to learn how to better manage your puppy’s health, we offer a course all about managing puppy parasites that goes into detail about recognizing parasites and how to treat and prevent them. This course can make a difference in the quality of care you provide as a breeder or dog owner. Click below to purchase the course today.

You can learn more facts and our personal practices for puppy vaccinations by reading this article!

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