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Puppy Vaccinations – are essential for the health and well-being of you puppy.
Puppy vaccinations are essential for your puppy to help prevent deadly diseases. Your puppy’s long-term health and well-being also depend upon your puppy receiving the correct vaccinations at the correct time. National pet Vax Puppy Vaccination recommendations are based upon the American Animal Hospital Association’s, 2011 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines. More than 50% of all veterinarians in the United States follow these published Puppy Vaccination Guidelines. However, local disease patterns may also influence which puppy vaccinations are recommended by your veterinarian.
When should my Puppy Vaccinations be given?
Puppy vaccinations should be given every 3-4 weeks between the ages of 6 and 16 weeks. Vaccinations are generally begun when your veterinarian first examines your new puppy. Once the vaccination series is begun subsequent vaccinations should not be delayed or missed. Below are examples of typical puppy vaccination schedules.
- 6, 9, 12 and 16 weeks of age
- 7, 10, 13 and 16 weeks of age
- 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age
- 9, 12 and 16 weeks of age
Many issues are considered when choosing the exact vaccination schedule for your puppy such as the vaccination history of the pup’s mother, local incidence of disease, the puppy’s environment and potential exposure to other pets that may be disease carriers.
The majority of veterinarians recommend that the final dose of your puppy’s vaccination series should be given between 14 and 16 weeks of age.
National pet Vax Medical Director prefers to give the last puppy vaccination at 16 weeks of age.
Read more about this in Part Two of this series.
See you soon, for your Puppy Vaccinations!