What Your Dog Needs
6 Weeks of Age: 1st distemper combo vaccination.
8-10 Weeks of Age: 2nd distemper combo vaccination.
12-14 Weeks of Age: 3rd distemper combo vaccination and 1 yr. Rabies vaccination.
15-16 Weeks of Age: 4th distemper combo vaccination.
Rabies vaccination boosters (Required by Law): Given 1 year later and every 3 years thereafter.
Distemper vaccination boosters: Given 1 year later and every 3 years thereafter.
Recommended Vaccinations Depending on Lifestyle:
Bordetella vaccination: Puppies over 6 weeks, if boarding, to a trainer, a groomer, traveling or camping. Requires annual booster.
Lyme vaccination: Puppies over 14 weeks of age as needed depending on tick exposure and lifestyle. Requires a booster in 2-4 weeks after initial vaccination and then annually.
Lepto vaccination: Puppies over 14 weeks of age as needed depending on lifestyle, including those who travel, camp, hike, or hunt. Requires a booster in 2-4 weeks after initial vaccination and then annually.
Heartworm Test: Annually or biannually for all dogs over 6 months of age.
Heartworm Prevention: Give year-round for all dogs with a negative heartworm test.
Intestinal Worms: All puppies should be dewormed at 2, 4, and 6 weeks. Fecal examination for parasites at 6-10 weeks of age and then every year thereafter.
Flea and Tick Prevention: Topical monthly prevention recommended year-round or at minimum when daily temperature is over 50 degrees.
Spay of Female Dog:
Recommended to be performed at 5-6 months of age. Spaying your dog can prevent many health risks in your pet’s future. Spaying prior to the first full heat can significantly decrease her risk of mammary cancer, and eliminate the risk of pyometra (uterine infection), ovarian cancer, and uterine cancer.
Neuter of Male Dog:
Recommended to be performed at 4-6 months of age. Neutering can help with many unwanted behaviors including roaming, and dominance. Neutering can also decrease the risk of prostatic cancer, and eliminate the risk of testicular cancer.