Puppy Vaccination Schedule Chart (Printable)

If you want your puppy to stay healthy, you need to stick to the puppy vaccination schedule. Find out why and when your dog should get vaccinated.

puppy vaccination schedule

Dog vaccination is a constant debate and many people are against it. However, all the vets agree that all puppies must receive vaccinations in order to stay healthy.

Although debatable, according to many studies, every dog should be vaccinated not only for the sake of their health, but also the health of people around them.

Many of the diseases dogs can get, as a result of not being vaccinated, can be transferred to people. Therefore, if you are getting a puppy, consult with a vet when your puppy should be vaccinated and how to take care of them.

Shot Schedule For Puppies:

Puppy’s Age Recommended Vaccinations Optional Vaccinations
6 to 8 weeks Distemper, measles, parainfluenza Bordetella
10 to 12 weeks DHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], parainfluenza, and parvovirus) Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
12 to 24 weeks Rabies None
14 to 16 weeks DHPP Coronavirus, Lyme disease, Leptospirosis
12 to 16 months Rabies, DHPP Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
Every 1 to 2 years DHPP Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
Every 1 to 3 years Rabies (as required by law) None
Bonus: Download a free puppy vaccination schedule pdf ready for printing that will remind you when you should vaccinate your dog.

The chart shows a schedule when your puppy should be vaccinated and which vaccines they should get. Recommended vaccines are core vaccines, which your dog must get, whereas optional are non-core.

Depending on your environment and lifestyle, your vet will determine which of them your dog needs. If you want your dog to be healthy, stick to the schedule.

Basics Of Vaccination

Before we start getting into the details of the vaccines your puppy should get, you need to know that there are two types of vaccines: core vaccines and non-core vaccines.

First type of vaccines are the essential ones, which every dog should get on time i.e. according to the strict schedule recommended by vets and law.

On the other hand, non-core vaccines are optional, but that doesn’t mean your dog shouldn’t get them. Depending on the place you live in and environment in general, your vet will inform you which vaccines of the non-core ones your dog should get and which not.

In the chart core vaccines are the recommended ones, and non-core are optional.

Why You Should Vaccinate Your Dog

Vaccination against some infectious diseases keeps both your dog and your family healthy. Most of the diseases are fatal, and to prevent them there’s only one option – vaccination. Some of them cannot be treated and cured.

If you think that there is a low risk of your puppy getting infected or if some dog gets better on his own, know that even though some dogs survived some illnesses, it doesn’t mean yours will too.

People are often worried about the side-effects, but the veterinarian will inform you how to help your dog if it has any reaction to the vaccination. Don’t skip the shots, stick to the schedule and your dog will be your family member for a long time.

Don’t panic if your dog experiences loss of appetite or depression, because it can be many things, and not some disease or reaction to vaccination. Watch for other symptoms and consult with professionals.

Schedule: When To Vaccinate Your Puppy

As seen in the chart, there is a strict schedule of puppy vaccination, which you should follow. When you get the puppy, check if it has received any vaccines and inform your vet. Whether you are buying or adopting a dog, you will be informed about their medical history.

6 – 8 weeks

Core vaccines: Distemper, measles, parainfluenza Non-core vaccines: Bordetella

Starting from 6 weeks to 8, your puppy should receive vaccines against distemper, measles and parainfluenza.

Canine distemper is a fatal infection, which your puppy can get if in touch with the infected dog, or contaminated area by a sick dog. The most common symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, coughing, and in some cases, seizures.

Parainfluenza or kennel cough is contagious and can be spread through the air. It is a respiratory infection, and the symptoms are sneezing and coughing.

A non-core vaccine that many dogs get during this period, is against Bordetella bronchiseptica. It also causes kennel cough, and is spread through the air. This vaccine is recommended for dogs who are constantly in touch with many dogs in park, doggy day care or if you have more dogs at home.

10 – 12 weeks

Core vaccines: DHPP Non-core vaccines: Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease

Between 10 to 12 weeks your puppy must get the DHPP vaccine, which will protect it from diseases which are actually initials of this vaccine – (D) distemper, (H) hepatitis, (P) parvo and (P) parainfluenza.

As explained above, distemper results in death and is followed by diarrhea, runny nose and vomiting, while parainfluenza is a respiratory infection.

Parvo is another dangerous disease that can be fatal, and its most common symptom is bloody diarrhea. Canine hepatitis is an infection of liver and kidneys, which is caused by canine adenovirus type – 1. The symptoms are loss of appetite, coughing and depression.

All of these are prevented by the DHPP vaccine, and because of that your dog needs to get one. Depending on your environment, it can be combined with some other to prevent further illnesses.

For example, DHLPP, except for distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvo, includes immunization of your dog against leptospirosis.

Other illnesses that your vet may suggest vaccinating against are Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordatella, and Lyme disease.

12 – 24 weeks

Core vaccines: Rabies Non-core vaccines: None

Rabies affects both humans and animals, and leads to death. Dogs can get the disease if an infected dog bites them, or if infected saliva comes in contact with a wound.

Dogs can get infected even if saliva gets in contact with a little scratch. The symptoms include aggression, and your happy bundle of joy may become easily irritable, which usually leads to attacking people, and other animals.

After aggression, your dog will start to hide and will become disoriented. Other symptoms are loss of appetite, weakness, and seizures.

If your dog was bitten by another dog or some other animal, take them to vet and check for any diseases. Also, as it may happen that you aren’t around when this happens, watch your dog to see if they are licking and biting one site. Check for any wounds and consult with a vet.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for rabies, and it can be determined only after the dog’s death, as the brain tissue is needed. The symptoms may show that your dog has rabies, but the accurate test can be done only after their death. Therefore, all dogs who are assumed to have rabies are euthanized.

The best prevention is vaccination, so be responsible and stick to the schedule. Also, supervise your dog when taking them to the park and walk them on a leash.

14 – 16 weeks

Core vaccines: DHPP Non-core vaccines: Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease

During this period, your dog will need to get the DHPP vaccine again. If there are some other needed, your vet will inform you and make the needed combination.

12 – 16 months

Core vaccines: Rabies, DHPP Non-core vaccines: Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease

Your dog will need to get another DHPP and a vaccine against rabies. The vaccines aren’t effective if your puppy gets only one.

The DHPP is then given to dogs every 1 to 2 years, whereas vaccine against rabies is given every 1 to 3 years, as required by law.

This complete guide shows you the importance of dog vaccination, so don’t risk your dog’s life, but prevent various diseases.

Bonus: Download a free puppy vaccination schedule pdf ready for printing that will remind you when you should vaccinate your dog.

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1 comments

  • Pam Bland

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Is it safe then to board a puppy that is only 6 months old? If the second rabies has to be waited for, then its seems like it wouldn’t be safe to board till after they are a year old? Can that be right? It seems we boarded our last dog at about 7 months, but we would have followed vet’s directions, but…. it was over 12 years ago…we still have an excellent veterinary clinic and vet nearby to rely upon, but a second opinion on this might help. We wish to plan a trip to Germany next spring to see family, so we would adjust the time of the trip if a pup was too young to board. Thanks!

  • Besharp

    How vulnerable is a litter from inbreeding (Boerboel)Siblings