To maintain an immunization record for a pet, ask a veterinarian to keep a record of all vaccinations done in the office, suggests VetInfo.com. Request a vaccination form from a veterinary office to keep track of vaccinations at home. This prevents information loss when moving or switching to another veterinarian.
Typical vaccines needed for puppies include combination vaccines when puppies are two, three and four months old, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals states. Dogs receive the same booster shot once every year after these initial immunizations. The combination vaccine includes protection against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvovirus, and parainfluenza. Dogs older than five months need to get a series of vaccinations for three weeks, followed by the annual booster. In some states, puppies are required to have rabies vaccinations in addition to the combination vaccine. Ask a veterinarian which option complies with state laws and benefits the health of the dog, the ASPCA suggests.
Veterinarians record vaccinations in a certificate, Frontline Plus states. The certificate includes information about the type of vaccine administered and the date it was given. Some dog kennels and shows require this certificate to prove a dog has been vaccinated.
To travel with a pet, some airlines and countries require proof of vaccination, VetInfo.com explains. Keep a backup file on a computer of the dates and types of vaccination puppies receive to keep track of these procedures. Contact the veterinarian who administered the vaccine to get official documentation.