Bringing a new puppy into your life is such an exciting time. As you help them settle into your home and navigate your role as a proud pet parent, one of the most important responsibilities is getting them vaccinated.

What vaccines do puppies need?

Vaccinations will protect your puppy from many common and highly contagious diseases found in the environment, some of which can be fatal. The good news is that these diseases are preventable. By following a recommended vaccination schedule guided by your vet, you can protect your puppy from the following diseases:

  • Canine parvovirus
  • Canine distemper virus
  • Canine hepatitis
  • Canine tracheobronchitis (kennel cough)

Puppy vaccination schedule

Puppy vaccinations are given during the first few months of their life. The typical schedule is as follows; however, this can vary based on your location and your vet’s chosen vaccine.

  • First vaccination: 6-8 weeks
  • Second vaccination: 10-12 weeks
  • Third and final ‘booster’ vaccination: 14-16 weeks

To maintain immunity against these diseases, your puppy will need booster vaccinations every one to three years. Your vet will recommend a vaccination schedule suitable for your pup.

Vaccinations and socialisation

It’s important to remember that vaccinations can take up to two weeks to provide complete protection. So, unless your vet advises otherwise, it’s best to avoid taking your puppy to places like dog parks, beaches, or other popular dog areas until at least two weeks after their final vaccination.

We’re here to help

If you have any questions about vaccinations or need to set up a vaccination schedule for your puppy, contact your local Best for Pet clinic. Vaccinations are included in our wellness plan, find out more here.