What Age Is a Puppy Fully Vaccinated Against Parvo?

by Jane Meggitt Google
    He's fully vaccinated against parvo by the age of 18 weeks.

    He's fully vaccinated against parvo by the age of 18 weeks.

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    Most puppies infected with the parvovirus don't survive. That's why it's important to have your puppy vaccinated against the deadly disease. Your puppy receives the parvovirus vaccination as part of his core vaccines.

    Parvovirus

    Puppies pick up highly contagious parvovirus from infected dogs or their feces. Exposure is possible from people who have picked up the virus on their shoes -- think stepping in dog poop -- and brought it into the puppies' environment. Puppies suffering from parvo experience diarrhea, vomiting and dehydration, along with possible blood poisoning. Affected puppies can die within two days without intensive treatment.

    DHPPC Vaccination

    When your puppy receives his vaccination against parvo, he'll be protected against other diseases in the DHPPC shot. Those letters stand for distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, parainfluenza and coronavirus. The latter is similar to the parvovirus but not quite as virulent.

    Schedule

    Your puppy receives his first vaccination series at the age of 6 weeks. Typically, every three weeks, or when he turns 9 weeks, 12 weeks, 15 weeks and 18 weeks old, you'll bring him in for booster shots. That means he's fully vaccinated by the age of 4.5 months. Your dog requires an annual DHPPC booster shot, given at his wellness exam.

    Precautions

    Keep your puppy away from strange dogs until he's gone through at least two of his DHPCC vaccinations. Never allow him near a dog known to have parvo, whether he's fully vaccinated or not.

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    About the Author

    Jane Meggitt has been a writer for more than 20 years. In addition to reporting for a major newspaper chain, her work has appeared in "Horse News," "Suburban Classic," "Hoof Beats," "Equine Journal" and other publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from New York University and an Associate of Arts from the American Academy of Dramatics Arts, New York City.

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