First Time Puppy Vaccines

Puppy Vaccines


At about 8 weeks of age.


Distemper            –   a virus which attacks the respiratory, gastro-intestinal and neurological systems

Adenovirus          –   a virus which predominantly damages the liver

Parvovirus            –   a virus which can cause severe damage to the small intestine

Parainfluenza    –   a virus which damages the respiratory tract

How Will My Puppy Feel After These Vaccines?

Similar to when we receive vaccines, or contract an illness naturally, your dog is likely to be a bit more sleepy than normal, and his/her appetite may be reduced…often just for a day or two.

Is That It For The Vaccines?

Not quite.  The vaccines are repeated at 12 weeks of age and then again at about 16 weeks of age.

Why Are They Repeated So Many Times?

There are two important reasons for the repetition of vaccines.  The most important of these is that immunity from the mother can interfere with the puppy’s ability to respond well to the vaccination.  As this “passive” immunity begins to fade over time, the puppy’s immune system will start to recognize the vaccine and build its own proper immunity.  In addition, the re-challenge of a booster often helps increase the protection to a higher level.

If you have any questions or concerns about which vaccines are applicable for your particular puppy, please feel free to call us.  We will make sure that your puppy receives the most appropriate protection for his or her lifestyle.

by Dr. Stephen Longridge