What Is the Vaccination Schedule for a Dog?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 13, 2020 1:21:49 AM ET
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Dogs should receive the first round of vaccines for distemper, parvovirus and canine hepatitis when they reach 6 weeks old, states WebMD. The rabies vaccine should be given as soon as possible, when the dog reaches 12 weeks old. These are the core vaccines for every dog.

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The distemper, parvovirus and canine hepatitis vaccines require three rounds between 6 and 16 weeks old, states WebMD. The rabies vaccine requires only one round. There are two types of rabies vaccines available: a one-year vaccine and a three-year vaccine.

Veterinarians may recommend other vaccines, such as the bordatella or Lyme disease vaccines, based on the dog's location and risk factors. The schedule for non-core vaccines varies depending on the vaccine type and the veterinarian's recommendation, explains WebMD.