Before you choose to bring a puppy into your life you ought to be aware of the possible health dangers your new pet can confront in life and do your very best to protect him. Don’t even look at getting any animal for a pet unless you’re confident that you can afford proper health care to the pet for the remainder of its life. Not only will your pet call for a vet in the case of an emergency, but you will also need to take your dog for regular checkups in addition to vaccinations. Learn more here.

Puppies usually obtain initial protection from infection from their mother. A mother’s milk will provide valuable antibodies, particularly in the first breastfeeding phase. Colostrum is made by the mother in the last phases of pregnancy and early days of nursing to supply puppies with essential nutrients and antibodies to help protect the offspring during this fragile moment. The mother must be vaccinated before giving birth as this resistance will be given to the puppies as well. This antibody protection supplied by the mother only lasts about two days and will offer protection from viruses the mother was inoculated from. The probability of infection is still present and there’s absolutely no guarantee that the puppies will not fall victim to a specific virus that’s why you ought to be quite careful with hygiene when caring for a breastfeeding mother. Viruses are highly infectious and appropriate husbandry should be followed in any way times.

Your veterinarian will recommend vaccinating dogs at six weeks of age and booster shots will be given every 3 months for a period of time of sixteen weeks. This ensures the very best protection for your pet against fatal diseases such as canine parvovirus-1, coronavirus, distemper, canine adenovirus, rabies, Lyme disease, and leptospirosis.

Core vaccines like hepatitis, rabies, parvovirus, and distemper normally provide complete protection and will help prevent these ailments for at least a year. Noncore vaccinations such as measles, adenovirus-2, measles, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, and coronavirus have more limited efficacy and might include side effects which you should discuss with your veterinarian.

A typical vaccination schedule should look like this:

5 weeks of age: parvovirus vaccination ought to be given to protect your pet from this highly infectious virus.

6 weeks old to 9 weeks old: a combination vaccine ought to be given to a pet to protect from distemper, parainfluenza, parvovirus, adenovirus, hepatitis, and kennel cough. This is usually known as a 5-way vaccination. If coronavirus is a concern in your region your veterinarian may recommend a coronavirus vaccination as well.

12 weeks of age: your pet should be given a rabies vaccination.

12 weeks old through to 16 weeks: is a time when your puppy should be given a booster mix vaccine as well as a leptospirosis shot. If you live in an area that has a higher risk of Lyme disease and coronavirus you need to inoculate against those too. A booster shot of rabies might also be given at the moment.

Your veterinarian should be able to invent a vaccination schedule for you and you need to follow it just to help protect your puppy from several fatal and heartbreaking diseases and viruses. While vaccination is not a comprehensive guarantee that your pet will not host these diseases, it dramatically reduces the risk of infection.


Kittens and puppies need some exams and vaccinations in their first 4 months. Following their initial vaccines, we recommend updating them with an annual routine of booster shots.

We may recommend additional vaccines to maintain your pet disease-free, based on their daily lifestyle and customs.

Blue Mountain Veterinary Services considers prevention first. Physical exams, vaccinations, and parasite prevention are at the crux of your pet’s long-term health and wellness. Visit our website for more information.