Distemper - The distemper vaccine protects against the distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvo virus and corona. In adult dogs, it is given yearly. In puppies, the first group is given at six to eight weeks with no lepto, the second group is given at nine to 11 weeks with no lepto, the third group is given at 12 to 16 weeks with lepto, and the fourth group is given at 16 to 20 weeks with lepto.

Flu - Canine influenza is a highly contagious viral infection seen in dogs. Also called dog flu, this respiratory illness is caused by the influenza A virus. As of April 2015, two strains of canine influenza have been identified: H3N8 and H3N2. The H3N2 vaccination is required.

Bordetella - The bordetella vaccine protects against kennel cough and is given every six months or once a year to adult dogs. In puppies it is generally given intranasally at six to eight weeks old or by inoculation at six to eight weeks and then again at nine to 11 weeks.

Lyme - In adult dogs, the Lyme vaccine is given yearly. In puppies, the first series is given at 12 to 16 weeks and the second series is given at 16 to 20 weeks

Rabies - Depending on each State's regulations, in adult dogs the rabies vaccine is given either yearly or every three years. In puppies it is generally given only once the puppy is 16 weeks old or older.

Heartworm and Fecal Exams and Treatment – Heartworm at 9 months to a year and annually thereafter. Fecal exam 2 times a year, then annually. Prevention medications are encouraged according to your veterinarian’s recommendation.

Considerations: Each veterinary clinic may follow different vaccination schedules, so the vaccine schedule above is for general information only. Consult with a veterinarian if your dog has special health issues.

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