Ensuring the health and wellness of your pup goes beyond buying them nutritious dog food and making sure they get their daily exercise. To help them stay their best, they also need to stay up to date on their vaccinations. Contact your neighborhood Vetco Vaccination Clinic to find out what your pup needs and how much it will cost, and to make your appointment.
What Vaccines does my dog need?
The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) splits vaccines into two categories: core and non-core. Core vaccines are those that every dog needs and includes the rabies vaccine and the combination DHPP vaccine that protects against distemper, adenovirus, parainfluenza and parvovirus. Non-core dog vaccinations are determined by where you live and your lifestyle. A dog who has regular grooming appointments, goes to doggy day care, plays with friends at the dog park and sometimes boards in a kennel may need non-core dog vaccinations that a dog who does none or only some of those things will need. Consult your Petco veterinarian about what vaccines are suitable for your dog.
How often does my dog need to be vaccinated?
Which vaccines your dog will need each year depends on their age, vaccine history and medical history. If you’re bringing home a new puppy, you should follow a set puppy vaccination schedule based on their age. For adopted adults, you’ll want to know which vaccinations they’ve already received and when so that you can plan future inoculations accordingly. Your Petco vaccination veterinarian can help make the appropriate plan for your dog.
Puppy Vaccination Schedule
Puppy vaccinations are usually administered in multiple doses that might be anywhere from two to four weeks apart. It can be crucial to your dog’s future health to stay current with their puppy vaccination schedule.
|6–9 weeks||Combination Vaccine/DHPP** without leptospirosis|
|9–12 weeks||Second Combination Vaccine/DHPP**|
|12–16 weeks||Rabies (based on local and state laws) Third Combination Vaccine/DHPP** with leptospirosis where this is a concern|
|Variable: timing determined by your veterinarian and local laws||
Additional vaccinations to ask about:
Boosters if given and where there is concern:
**Based on risk, puppies should receive the DHPP vaccine every two to four weeks until they are 16 weeks old (a minimum of three doses).
Adult Dog Vaccination Schedule
Adult vaccinations often depend more on when your dog was last vaccinated than their age.
|Rabies||Second vaccination one year after the first Boosters every three years after that|
|DHPP||Booster vaccination one year after last dose Boosters every three years after that|
|Bordetella||Annual or 6-onth boosters, or as needed|
|Lyme Disease||Annually for dogs in high-risk areas|
|Leptospirosis||Annually for dogs in high-risk areas|
|Canine influenza||Annually if recommended by your veterinarian|
If you have any questions about puppy vaccination schedules or dog vaccinations in general, consult your Petco veterinarian. When you’re ready to bring your dog in for a booster or a round of puppy shots, Petco is here to help. Find a vaccine clinic at a neighborhood Petco Pet Care Center near you.