Recommended Vaccinations For Dogs

Many veterinarians and researchers are beginning to disagree on how often to vaccinate dogs and which vaccines to administer. However, most experts agree that vaccinations should begin at a young age and be kept up to date throughout the life of the dog.

Certain core vaccines are recommended for all dogs. A core vaccine is a vaccine for a disease that is either very common or very dangerous. Non-core vaccines are also available and may be recommended for some dogs, but not all. Non-core vaccines are generally recommended for dogs that live in certain areas that put them at risk for less common diseases.

The most commonly recommended dog vaccines include:

  • Bordetella: This is a bacterial infection sometimes known as kennel cough.
  • Corona Virus: This disease affects the intestines.
  • Distemper: This disease affects the lungs, intestine and brain.
  • Giardia: This is a parasite that lives in the intestines.
  • Hepatitis: This disease affects the liver.
  • Leptosprirosis: This disease is a bacteria that affects the urinary system.
  • Lyme Disease: This is a serious disease that is spread by ticks.
  • Parainfluenza: This disease is similar to bronchitis.
  • Parvovirus: This disease affects the intestines.
  • Rabies: This is a dangerous disease that can be fatal and that can also affect humans.

While vaccination schedules may vary from dog to dog depending on breed, environment and particular risk factors, this is a sample vaccination schedule for dogs.

Disease Age for First Vaccine Age for Second Vaccine Age for Third Vaccine Age for Fourth Vaccine Revaccination Interval
Bordetella 6 weeks N/A N/A N/A Monthly to yearly or as needed (depends on whether nasal vaccine or injection is given)
Corona Virus 6-8 weeks 9-11 weeks 12-14 weeks 15-16 weeks Yearly

(Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)

6-8 weeks 9-11 weeks 12-14 weeks 15-16 weeks Yearly
Giardia 6 weeks 9 weeks N/A N/A Yearly
Lyme Disease 6 weeks N/A N/A N/A Yearly
Rabies 16 weeks N/A N/A N/A Yearly

Keeping your dog up-to-date with these vaccinations will help him maintain optimum health and live a long and healthy life. Keeping up with vaccines can also help owners save money in the long run, money that could be spent on expensive treatments for these diseases.

Check with your veterinarian regarding any regulations your state or area has on dog vaccinations. Your vet can also tell you if there are other vaccines your dog may need based on his breed’s risk factors.