Vaccinations for the First Year of a Dog

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The first year of your pup's life is filled with food and fun and love and, unfortunately for him, needles. He needs a total of four core vaccinations and possibly one or more non-core vaccinations.

Core Vaccines

In your pup's first couple months of life, he'll be making a few trips to the vet to get his core vaccinations. Core vaccines prevent illnesses and conditions that can lead to serious and deadly symptoms, and that often cannot be treated. Distemper, rabies, parvovirus and adenovirus serums make up your little guy's core vaccines. Rabies require only one shot, but according to WebMD, distemper, parvovirus and adenovirus all require at least three separate shots between your puppy's first 6 and 16 weeks of life. If your little guy is over 16 weeks old when you first get him vaccinated, only two separate shots are required for those three vaccines.

Non-Core Vaccines

Non-core vaccines include Lyme disease, leptospira, distemper-measles virus, parainfluenza virus and kennel cough. The conditions those vaccines protect against are usually not overly dangerous or occur mostly in certain environments. Depending on where you live and the activities your dog is involved in, your vet may recommend certain non-core vaccinations. Every non-core vaccine requires multiple and separate shots.