Vet care by stage of life:
Your puppy will require a series of vaccinations to help protect them against several serious diseases. Over the course of three injections, your puppy will be given protection against distemper, canine infectious hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and Bordetella bronchiseptica. These three initial vaccinations are required at:
- 6-8 weeks of age
- 12-14 weeks of age
- 16-18 weeks of age
Your puppy will then require a yearly injection each year for the rest of their life to maintain this protection.
Your puppy will not be fully protected against these diseases until 2-3 weeks after the final puppy vaccination is given. In the meantime, it is important to try and reduce the risk of your puppy coming into contact with these diseases. The best way to do this is to not allow your puppy to socialize with other dogs that you do not know and dogs that are not up to date with their vaccinations, this includes other dogs that you may meet when you come into the vet clinic (carry your puppy in and keep them in your lap if possible). Even walking your puppy down the street or at the park may expose them to diseases such as parvovirus. The safest way to socialize your puppy whilst keeping them protected from diseases is to only allow contact with other vaccinated dogs in a safe, controlled environment such as your own backyard or at puppy preschool.