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Puppy Care Vaccines Schedule Recommended By Your Castle Rock Veterinarian

Two of the most essential veterinary services provided by our Colorado Veterinarian are comprehensive wellness and health exams and vaccines for puppies. Infectious disease prevention via vaccinations means your puppy won't suffer from serious bacterial or viral sicknesses often fatal to young dogs. Our Sedalia vet clinic offers all canine core and non-core vaccinations, including distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, leptospirosis, parvo, and rabies. Adhering to a puppy vaccination schedule is also important to ensuring vaccines continue protecting your puppy's health and well-being.

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When Should Puppies Start Receiving Vaccines?

Beginning at six to eight weeks of age, puppies should be vaccinated against parvovirus, parainfluenza, hepatitis, and distemper. Your Castle Pines animal doctor can give your puppy one shot that contains all four vaccines. DHPP shots should then be given to puppies every three or four weeks until pups are four months old. This means puppies should get a DHPP shot when they are two, three and six months old. At one year old, puppies need a booster DHPP shot, followed by one booster shot every three years. Puppy owners should know that vaccinations for the prevention of bacterial infections only remain effective for six to 12 months. Unless puppies receive booster shots, they are at risk for contracting bacterial diseases.

Rabies Shots and Colorado Law

Colorado mandates rabies shots for dogs and cats over four months old. Pet owners are required to vaccinate their pet against rabies within 90 days of obtaining the pet. Your Sedalia veterinarian is licensed to give rabies shots to dogs and cats according to regulations established in the "Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control" developed by Colorado lawmakers.  After your puppy is vaccinated against rabies, you will be given a certificate and a tag that can be attached to your dog's collar.

Lyme Disease Vaccination

Although Colorado has low incidences of tickborne illnesses in dogs and humans, you might consider asking your Sedalia animal doctor about whether your puppy should get the Lyme disease vaccination. Not known to live in Colorado at this time, deer ticks that spread Lyme disease can be brought into the state via livestock, wild animals, and pets.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Castle Rock Veterinarian

When you bring your puppy to our Castle Rock vet clinic for vaccinations, your veterinarian will also examine your puppy to ensure he or she is healthy and ready to begin a puppy vaccination schedule. In addition, we strongly recommend putting puppies on a heartworm prevention program at this time.

If you have questions about canine vaccines or would like to schedule an appointment at Brekke Veterinary Clinic, please call (303) 474-4260 today.