Adapted from my Bird Dog Doc’s recommendations (always consult with your veterinarian before selecting a vaccination schedule).  This article is editorial in nature, and is not intended as veterinary advice. Readers should seek professional veterinary advice for any health decisions involving their pets.

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PUPPIES

A possible vaccination schedule for the “average” dog is shown below.

8 weeks     Combination vaccine* without leptospirosis (if the pup comes from a well-vaccinated bitch).

12 weeks or older          Rabies: Given by your local veterinarian (age at vaccination may vary according to local law).

12 & 15 weeks**            Combination vaccine*

Leptospirosis: include leptospirosis in the combination vaccine where leptospirosis is a concern, or if traveling to an area where it occurs.

Lyme: where Lyme disease is a concern or if traveling to an area where it occurs.

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ADULT CANINES    Annual combination vaccine*

Bordetella and parainfluenza: For complete canine cough protection, we recommend Intra-Trac III ADT. For dogs that are shown, in field trials, or are boarded, we recommend vaccination every six to twelve months (veterinarians and/or boarding kennels disagree with the intervals, check locally) with Intra-Trac III ADT.

Rabies: Given by your local veterinarian (time interval between vaccinations may vary according to local law, in Colorado it’s every 3 years).

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ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR VACCINATING THE ADULT DOG

Leptospirosis: include leptospirosis in the combination vaccine where leptospirosis is a concern, or if traveling to an area where it occurs.

Lyme: where Lyme disease is a concern or if traveling to an area where it occurs.

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Recommendations vary depending on the age, breed, and health status of the dog, the potential of the dog to be exposed to the disease, the type of vaccine, whether the dog is used for breeding, and the geographical area where the dog lives or may visit.

*A combination vaccine, often called a 5-way vaccine, usually includes adenovirus cough and hepatitis, canine distemper, parainfluenza, and parvovirus. Some combination vaccines may also include leptospirosis (7-way vaccines) and/or coronavirus. The inclusion of either canine adenovirus-1 or adenovirus-2 in a vaccine will protect against both adenovirus cough and hepatitis; adenovirus-2 is highly preferred.

**Some puppies may need additional vaccinations against parvovirus after 15 weeks of age. Consult with your local veterinarian.