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Puppy Vaccination Schedule

Repeated appointments for your puppy's vaccines may appear inconvenient. Our vets in Natick firmly advocate following the vaccination schedule chart below as the most effective way to safeguard your pup's health now and throughout their lifetime.

Why Puppy Vaccinations Are Important

Vaccinating your dog is crucial for preventive healthcare. Begin with early puppy shots and consistently update booster shots throughout adulthood to give your canine companion the best opportunity for a long and healthy life.

Keeping a regular vaccination schedule for your dog can also save you time and money, as treating diseases prevented by these vaccines can be time-consuming and costly.

Which Shots Does My Puppy Need

In the Natick area, dogs should receive immunizations to guard against bordetella, distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and rabies.

Consult with your veterinarian to determine the most suitable shots for your dog, considering factors such as your pet's age, location, and lifestyle.

Puppy Vaccine Schedule & Adult Booster Shots

Your vet can assist you in establishing the optimal deworming and vaccination schedule for your young pup. Still, we present our recommended schedules for administering your puppy's shots and your adult dog's booster vaccines below. By adhering to these charted schedules, we assert that you provide your four-legged family member with the best opportunity for a long and healthy life.

Puppy Shots Schedule

6 - 8 Weeks

  • *DHPP Shot 1
  • Bordatella
  • Leptospira
  • Lyme
  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2

10 - 12 Weeks

  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2
  • DHPP Shot 2
  • Leptospira
  • Lyme
  • Rabies

14 - 16 Weeks

  • DHPP Shot 3

Adult Dog Vaccine Schedule


  • Bordetella
  • Leptospira
  • Lyme
  • Rabies
  • Influenza Virus-H3N8
  • Influenza Virus-H3N2

Every 3 Years

  • DHPP Booster
  • Rabies

*DHPP: This vaccine protects against Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus.

Age Restrictions

Speak to your vet to find out more about which vaccines are appropriate for your dog. Very young puppies and senior dogs with compromised immune systems are not eligible for all shots.

Possible Vaccine Side Effects

Dog vaccines are considered very safe, and few dogs experience side effects. Those that do typically experience very mild reactions.

In rare cases, some dogs may have an allergic reaction to getting their shots. This is typically due to a sensitivity to an individual ingredient of a specific vaccine. Different breeds tend to react to some ingredients.

Breeds, including German shepherds, collies, and some sheepdogs, are known to be sensitive to individual vaccines. Your veterinarian will skip any vaccines containing ingredients your dog may be sensitive to.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

Is it time for your puppy's shots? Contact our vets in Natick today to book a vaccine appointment for your adorable new family member.

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Wellesley-Natick Veterinary Hospital is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Natick companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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