When Should a Puppy Have Its First Shots?

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When Should a Puppy Have Its First Shots?

The diseases that can be contracted without the proper puppy vaccinations can be dangerous and even fatal. There are several shots for your puppy to receive, along with a normal timetable that most vets follow.

Before Your Puppy Has Its Shots

Your puppy is not protected from many diseases until it has had its shots. Most kennels and puppy day cares will not allow your puppy without its shots.

Multivalent Vaccines

Multivalent simply refers to an injection that contains vaccines for more than one disease. For instance, the DHLPPCv vaccine replaces six separate shots and is much easier on the puppy.

Booster Shots

A booster shot is a vaccine that is given more than once. Your veterinarian will recommend which booster shots to give your puppy.

When to Take Your Puppy for Its First Shots

Many puppies have already had their first shots when you take them home. If the breeder or previous owner has not yet given the puppy its shots, you should take it to the veterinarian between ages 6 to 7 weeks, or as soon as possible if the puppy is older.

First Vaccinations

Your puppy will have a single multivalent vaccination on its first visit. This shot includes vaccines for Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvovirus, Parainfluenza and Coronavirus.

Further Vaccinations

Your puppy should have subsequent vaccinations at 9 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks. At 16 weeks, the rabies vaccination is given, which is required by most state and local laws.

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