Puppy Shots : Puppy Vaccination Schedule and Cost in 2021


Puppy Shots
After birth, puppies need to be visited by the vet several times. This is because they need to be immunized and vaccinated against different fatal, infectious, and viral diseases. Although all diseases are bad but the worst are Parvo and Distemper.

You can jump-start your puppy's immune system through proper vaccination. In this article, we will discuss the puppy's vaccination schedule, its cost, and when to vaccinate.

When to vaccinate?

Puppy Vaccination Schedule

If you own a puppy or adopt a puppy, you should know that the puppy should be vaccinated for the first time when he reaches the age of 6 to 8 weeks. You should obtain the medical record if you are purchasing a puppy so that your vet can determine that what has been given to your puppy and what is due. After looking at the medical record, your vet can schedule the vaccination based on his lifestyle and the risks your puppy may face in the future.

Before your puppy achieves actual protection, he should receive the vaccine every 2 to 4 weeks. You may need 3 to 4 injections of the Parvo and Distemper vaccine until your furry friend reaches the age of 14 to 16 weeks. If you are unsure that your puppy is up to date on vaccinations or if your puppy is over 16 weeks old, your vet may schedule a short series.

Core vs. Non-Core Vaccinations

The Core vaccines are the ones that should be given to all puppies and dogs, but the non-core vaccine is only given to puppies that require them based on their lifestyle and location.

Core vaccines

DAP or DHP- its abbreviation is Distemper, Adenovirus-2 (or Hepatitis), and Parvo. They come in combined form

Rabies- local laws or state demands that your dog must be rabies vaccinated

Non-core vaccines

Although the non-core vaccines are also important, but they are not given to all dogs. They are:

Parainfluenza- This is given often in combination with DAP or DHP

Leptospirosis- This vaccine can be given separately but often given with DHPP or DHP.

Bordetella- It can be given through orally, injectable or intranasal. Your vet will decide the route and interval of this vaccine.

Canine Influenza- This vaccine comes in 2 strains, i.e., H3N8 and H3N2. Initially, 2 shots are needed.

Lyme- Initially, 2 shots of Lyme are needed, but an annual booster is also followed.

Puppy vaccination schedule


The first vaccine should be given at 6-8 weeks, the second should be given at 10-12 weeks, the third should be given at 12-15 weeks, the fourth should be at the age of 14-16 weeks, and after one year an annual booster is recommended.


The first injection of rabies should be given at the age of 3 to 6 months, then after one year, and an annual booster is recommended.

Canine Influenza, Parainfluenza, and Bordetella

These vaccinations are recommended for dogs going to day camps, boarding, dog shows, dog parks, and grooming places. 

Lyme or leptospirosis

These are given only in one case if you travel a lot with your dog or in an area where these vaccines are endemic.

Puppy vaccination cost

The cost of vaccination depends on different factors, such as where you live, since veterinarians in urban areas charge more for the vaccine than veterinarians in rural areas. Although you will find significant price differences, you should ensure that your puppy has the basic vaccine and is vaccinated against rabies.

The estimated cost of the basic vaccines that must be administered in a series of three puppy shots costs about $ 75 to $ 100.

The vaccines included in core vaccines are Distemper, Parvo, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Leptospirosis (DPHPL). The rabies vaccine costs between $ 15 and $ 20, but some vets include it in the basic vaccines.

Animal shelters are seen to charge less for vaccination, which is around $ 20. If you have a shelter puppy, he will get vaccinated until his age.

The initial vaccination costs are usually more than the adult vaccination.

What is the critical time period during puppy vaccination?

There is a critical time when you need to make sure your puppy is protected, and that is the time between booster shots. This is because in this period the antibodies that come from the puppy's mother can interfere with the generation of its own immune responses. Therefore, your newborn canine friend demands the proper puppy vaccinations so that he can reject maternal antibodies through his immune system.


No matter where you buy a puppy from, he must be vaccinated. This will not only protect him, but you too, so make sure he's vaccinated.



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