Core vaccines: DHLPP, Rabies
Optional vaccines: Bordetella, Lyme
- DHLPP stands for distemper, adenovirus type 2 hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza.
- Distemper is a virus and does not pertain to the dog's temperment.
- DHLPP is given at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks then boosted annually.
- Leptospirosis is given at 12 and 16 weeks then boosted annually.
- Rabies vaccine is regulated by Pennsylvania law.
- Rabies is given at 12 weeks of age, which is a one year vaccine will need to be boostered in 1 year.
- The next vaccine given is a 3 year vaccine according to PA state law.
- Bronchi Shield III vaccine protects against bordetella bronchiseptica, canine parainfluenza virus and canine adenovirus type 2 and is recommended for dogs that are boarding, going to the groomer, pet shows or training classes.
- Bordetella vaccine is boosted every 6 months when given intranasally (preferred) or orally. If given as a subcutaneous injection it is boosted annually.
- Lyme vaccine protects against Lyme disease and is recommended for dogs that like to be outside and particularly are on wooded trails or near high grass.
- Lyme vaccine is given 12 and 16 weeks or later and boosted yearly.
- Canine Influenza vaccine (H3N2) which is a killed virus is recommended for dogs that are not only boarded frequently but also tend to be in more social environments; such as groomers, dog parks, etc.
- Typically given at 8 weeks, 12 weeks, and 16 weeks then boosted annually.
Other Preventative care can include:
- Fecal examinations are which are recommended at each puppy visit and then yearly to prevent and treat any intestinal parasites.
- Recommended every 6 months for households with small children.
- Heartworm testing is first performed on puppies 6 months or older then annually.
- Heartworm preventatives can be given as early as 8-10 weeks of age.
- Heartworm preventatives are to be given each month all year round.
- Flea and tick preventatives can be started as early as 8-10 weeks.
- These should be applied monthly during the warmer months or could be given all year round.