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Puppy Shots and Dog Vaccination Schedule

September 12, 2011 by  
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A trip to the Vets doesn’t always mean your going to get a shot, but in Murphy’s case it was time for his annual check-up and vaccination update (boy is he gunna freak!). Attired in our best halters Murphy thought good things were coming. The leashes appeared, car keys rattled, the car door opened and yes….we were going for a ride! The little guy could hardly sit still as we headed out the driveway, his tail thumping in rapid excitement against the seat. He was grinning from ear to ear, his nose in the air searching for new aromas. After a brief ride we pulled into the parking lot at Northwest Animal Care Hospital.

Setting the example as I always do, I boldly led the way thru the door and into the exam room. “Piece of cake Murphs, hop up on that exam table, Dr. Johnson’s just gunna take a peek at you”, I said in my usual calm voice. All went well until those needles appeared, then sheer pandemonium broke out as Murphy tried to flee off the table! Taking the Vet aside I convinced him to let me explain to Murphy the importance of the vaccines, knowing that I could calm him down. I began by letting him know that a little poke with a needle today can ward off serious diseases such as:

Distemper….. an airborne viral disease of the lungs, intestines and brain
Hepatitis….. a viral disease of the liver
Leptospirosis… a bacterial disease of the urinary tract
Parainfluenza… infectious bronchitis
Parvovirus….. a viral disease of the intestines
Rabies….. a viral disease fatal to humans and other animals
Corona….. a viral disease of the intestines
Bordatella… a bacterial infection of the upper respiratory system (kennel

“Gee Riley, that’s a lot of nastiness, I don’t want to catch any of those bugs!”, Murphy exclaimed. “I guess I better just dog up and take my medicine!”
O'Riley explains Vaccinations to Murphy

Now that I had Murphy’s full attention I continued with his education on a proper vaccination schedule. Vaccines are divided into three categories – Core, Non-Core and Not Recommended; based on the revised guidelines published by the American Animal Hospital Association’s Canine Task Force in 2006.

Core vaccines are considered vital to all dogs based on risk of exposure, severity of disease or transference to humans. Canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies are considered core vaccines by the Task Force. Non-core vaccines are given depending on the dog’s exposure risk. These include vaccines against Bordetella bronchiseptica, Borrelia burgdorferi and Leptospira bacteria.

The chart below is a recommended vaccination schedule for puppies and adult dogs:

Puppy’s Age Recommended Vaccinations Optional Vaccinations
6 to 8 weeks Distemper, measles, parainfluenza Bordatella
10 to 12 weeks DHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], parainfluenza, and parvovirus) Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordatella, 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, Boradetella, Lyme disease
Every 1 to 2 years DHPP Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme disease
Every 1 to 3 years Rabies (as required by law) None


Vaccines are very important in managing the health of your dog, but not every dog needs to be vaccinated against every disease. It is very important to discuss with your veterinarian a vaccination schedule that’s right for your dog. Factors that should be examined include age, medical history, environment, travel habits and lifestyle. Most vets highly recommend administering core vaccines to healthy dogs.

With that said Murphy took his shots like a big dog. Heh, heh, heh; I bet that smarted! Better him than me!

“Okay Riley”, said Dr. Johnson, “Your next!”


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18 Responses to “Puppy Shots and Dog Vaccination Schedule”
  1. Teddy S. says:

    Excellent post. Some good points you highlight in there.

  2. O'Riley says:

    Hey Teddy……
    The only one highlighted by points was Murphy…….Needle points that is…..if you get my point!
    And as far as the Murphs was concerned! No points are the most excellent! Heh, heh, heh!

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    Mis I,
    I wouldn’t quite say magnificent or fantastic but not bad for a dog. Thanks for your honesty!

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    Thanks for stopping by,
    O’Riley Madagan

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