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What shots does my new puppy need?
Puppy shots are not optional, the are essential!
Vaccinations save the lives of puppies, just like yours, every single day. They protect your precious new pup from some of the most common, contagious (and often deadly) dog illnesses around.
The most important shots for puppies include those formulated to guard against:
Canine Adenovirus-2(aka CAV-2 or Canine Hepatitis) - viral disease affecting the liver
Canine Parvovirus (aka 'Parvo')- viral disease which affects the intestines, lymph nodes, bone marrow and sometimes the heart
Distemper - viral disease affecting the intestines, lungs and brain
Rabies - viral disease affecting the central nervous system
Here at Whitehall Veterinary Service, we offer a 7-way shot that provides the strongest protection against the widest variety of diseases.
Each 7-way shot contains vaccinations against canine adenovirus type 2, parvovirus hepatitis, distemper as stated above, and
Parainfluenza - a highly contagious respiratory disease
2-leptospirosis - a bacterial infection that can cause kidney and liver damage in dogs.
Giving puppy immunizations is good, but giving them at the right time is essential if you want them to work!
Very young puppies have a certain amount of natural immunity that they get from their mothers milk, but that begins to diminish somewhere between 5 and 8 weeks of age.
If a puppy is vaccinated while he still has a significant level of maternal antibodies in his bloodstream, the vaccine won't be effective.
Puppy Shot Timeline
In one year, your puppy with need a booster on all the above vaccinations. After that, a booster will be needed on the Rabies vaccination every 2 years,
and annually for the Distemper, Lyme and Bordetella.