Puppy Vaccinations

Puppy/Canine Vaccination Protocol by: Jean Dodds, DVM

The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not be interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice.

PLEASE NOTE: We modify this protocol, choosing to use Merial vaccines for the purity and efficacy that Dr. Backus has over 20 years of clinical experience with in some of the harshest conditions of shelter high density exposures.

9 - 10 weeks of age:
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV
e.g. Merck Nobivac (Intervet Progard) Puppy DPV

14 – 15 weeks of age:
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV

18 weeks of age:
Parvovirus only, MLV
Note: New research states that last puppy parvovirus vaccine should be at 18 weeks old.

20 weeks or older, if allowable by law:
Rabies – give 3-4 weeks apart from other vaccines
Mercury-free (thimerosol-free, TF)

1 year old:
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV
This is an optional booster or titer. If the client intends not to booster after this optional booster or intends to retest titers in another three years, this optional booster at puberty is wise.

1 year old:
Rabies – give 3-4 weeks apart from other vaccines
3-year product if allowable by law; mercury-free (TF)

Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian. In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request. Visit The Rabies Challenge Fund for more information.

For more information regarding kitten/feline vaccinations, please visit Dr. Jean Dodds website, Hemopet.

Puppy/Canine Vaccination Package Options are Available