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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.