Lake Pine Animal Hospital - Comprehensive Puppy Vaccination Guide

Start Your Puppy’s Life on the Right Paw with Essential Vaccinations!

At Lake Pine Animal Hospital, we are dedicated to ensuring your new puppy's health and wellbeing. Vaccinations play a crucial role in protecting your puppy from various diseases. Typically, these vaccinations start at 6 to 8 weeks of age and continue at 12 and 16 weeks, with the specific schedule and vaccines tailored to your pet's unique needs.

Core Vaccinations: The Foundation of Your Puppy’s Health


  • A fatal viral infection spread through animal bites, affecting both pets and humans.
  • Vaccination is legally required, with the first dose administered as early as 3 months of age. Booster shots are given annually or every three years.

Canine Distemper:

  • Affects the respiratory, central nervous, and gastrointestinal systems.
  • Can be fatal, especially in young puppies and older dogs with weakened immune systems.
  • Transmitted through contact with an infected dog’s discharge.

Adenovirus Types 1 & 2:

  • Causes infectious hepatitis and respiratory infections.
  • Potentially fatal liver damage can occur.
  • Spread through contact with an infected dog's bodily fluids.


  • Highly contagious virus attacking the intestinal tract and bone marrow.
  • Causes severe diarrhea, vomiting, and can be life-threatening.
  • Transmitted through contact with an infected dog's feces.


  • Causes a cold-like upper respiratory syndrome.
  • Spread through nasal secretions or close contact with an infected dog.


  • Administered as a series every 3-4 weeks, starting from 6-8 weeks old until 16 weeks of age.

Lifestyle Vaccines: Tailored to Your Puppy’s Environment

Bordetella/Kennel Cough:

  • Prevents infectious tracheobronchitis, highly contagious among dogs.
  • Recommended for puppies in close contact with other animals.
  • Available in intranasal, oral, or subcutaneous forms.

Lyme Disease:

  • Transmitted through tick bites, causing joint inflammation and kidney disease.
  • Prevention includes vaccination and managing exposure to ticks.


  • A bacterial infection affecting the kidneys and liver.
  • Risk is higher in areas near lakes or standing water.
  • Preventable with a two-shot series, followed by yearly boosters.

Canine Influenza:

  • A severe and contagious strain of canine flu.
  • Especially risky in confined spaces like shelters or kennels.
  • Vaccination is recommended based on lifestyle and exposure.

Stay Up to Date for Your Pet’s Health

It’s vital to keep your puppy’s vaccinations current to prevent outbreaks of dangerous diseases. Unsure about your pet’s vaccination status?

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