Puppies require a series of four sets of shots, spaced three weeks apart, starting at approximately eight weeks of age. This helps build up their immunity to diseases while the immunity they received from the antibodies in their mother’s milk is decreasing. Puppies are vaccinated against distemper virus, parvo virus, parainfluenza, adenovirus, rabies and bordetella. Once they have finished their puppy series, they are good for one year.
Recent changes have been made to the adult vaccine schedule. Rabies, distemper and parvo are recommended every three years and bordetella is given every six months, based on risk of exposure. While we are decreasing the vaccinations given each year, our veterinarians still recommend annual physical examinations, heartworm testing and fecal checks.