Puppy Shots Schedule

What shots do puppies need?

It’s always important to know what shots are necessary for your puppy and their schedule to prevent deadly diseases. Here is a summary of the vaccines your puppy needs. 

puppy shots schedule

Having a new puppy at home, it’s the most exciting experience, but it can be an intimidating task. You have to provide all the care she needs every day, and that includes regular visits to the vet, and of course, puppy shots throughout her first year.

Vaccinations are the key to your puppy’s general health.

Vaccinations keep your puppy protected from dangerous illnesses, as well as help to stop the spread of the disease among a puppy population. 

puppy shots schedule

What shots do puppies need? 

The Puppy vaccine- DHPP

DHPP is also knows as the puppy vaccine. DHPP is a combination vaccination and includes protection from the following diseases: canine distemper, canine hepatitis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. 

  • Canine Distemper

This is a serious and contagious disease caused by a virus that attacks the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems of dogs. It spreads through airborne.

  • Canine Hepatitis

This virus attacks dog’s liver, kidney, spleen, lungs, and eyes. 

  • Parvovirus

Parvo is a highly contagious virus that affects all dogs.

This virus is one of the most common and preventable diseases in puppies. The virus attacks the gastrointestinal system and produces loss of appetite, vomiting, fever, and bloody diarrhea. 

It kills a dog within 48 to 72 hours.

  • Parainfluenza

Parainfluenza is a respiratory disease sometimes referred to as kennel cough. This disease is highly contagious and can cause a low-grade fever, lack of energy, and loss of appetite. 



Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection. It can damage your puppy’s liver and other major organs. 

Symptoms, when they appear, can include fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and kidney failure.

This infection is a zoonotic disease, which means that animals can infect humans.  

Leptospirosis is very common in certain areas, but this vaccination may not be necessary for your puppy.

Ask your vet if it is a good option for your puppy. 



Rabies is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system, causing anxiety, hallucination, excessive drooling, and fear of water, paralysis, and death.

The bite of an infected animal causes the disease. Human also is at risk for this disease.

Bordetella Bronchioseptica


Bordetella Bronchioseptica is a bacterial infection that causes severe fits of coughing.

This bacterial disease is another cause o kennel cough. Puppies that spend time around other dogs must get this vaccination.



Lyme disease is an infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi, one of the most common tick-borne diseases.  

Puppy Vaccination Schedule




6-9 Weeks

Distemper, parvovirus


9-12 Weeks

 Combination vaccine (DHPP) (Distemper, adenovirus,hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus)

Leptospirosis, Influenza, bordetella, Lyme disease

16-18 Weeks

Combination vaccine (DHPP), and rabies

Influenza, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, bordetella

12-16 Months

DHPP, and  rabies 

Coronavirus, leptospirosis, bordetella, Lyme disease

Every 1-2 years

Combination vaccine (DHPP)

Lyme disease, Influenza, Coronavirus, leptospirosis, bordetella

Every 1-3 years



Always consult with your veterinarian on the appropiate vaccinations and vaccination schedule. 

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