Puppy Vacinations

Caring for Your Puppy

Puppies should be revaccinated every 2 to 3 weeks until at least 16 weeks of age. Annual revaccination with a single dose is recommended. The dosage is 1 ml injected subcutaneously. Puppies should receive their first vaccines at 6-8 weeks of age; boosters should be administered at 3-week intervals until the puppy is 16 weeks of age, and then again at one year of age. Your puppy can always be susceptible to parvovirus even after vaccination. However, vaccination greatly reduces the risk of this disease. Veterinarians typically administer the parvo shot as part of a combination vaccine, which often includes the distemper, canine adenovirus, and parainfluenza vaccines. These shots are given every three to four weeks from the time a puppy is six weeks old until they are at least 16 weeks of age.

How long do I wait before taking my puppy outside? 

Vets recommend waiting until 10-14 days after your puppy’s last vaccination booster usually at around 14-16 weeks of age – before introducing them to the wonders of local parks, beaches and walking trails. After your pup’s second round of initial vaccinations, he will be able to go out for walks with you one week later. Although it’s tempting to take him out earlier, it is incredibly important to listen to your vet’s advice.