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Wondering what puppy vaccinations your dog will need? And when? Read on to find out more.

Having your new pup vaccinated against potentially fatal diseases is one of the first responsibilities you have as a puppy parent.

Usually the breeder will have taken the pups to the vet for the first vaccinations which are given between 8-10 weeks old but can be given as early as 4-6 weeks.  They will require a second vaccination 2-4 weeks later and a booster at around 6-12 months old. Your vet will be able to advise, as there is some variation with the different vaccines.

Until your pup has had its second vaccinations, and they have become effective, you must keep your pup away from public areas unless you are carrying them. Ask your vet, when this will be.

They can go out in your own garden provided no other dogs, other than your own healthy dogs, have access to it. 

There is a compromise to be made between starting the vaccination process early or late.  Too early can be hard on their little bodies, and too late means a delay of the socialisation process which is so important for their future confidence. Around 6 weeks is probably the correct balance. This is also something to discuss with the breeder and your vet.

Diseases the vaccinations offer protection from:

  • Canine distemper
  • Canine parvovirus
  • Leptospirosis
  • Parainfluenza
  • Kennel cough

Don’t allow the lack of puppy vaccinations to get in the way of socialisation. Provided your pup isn’t very large or heavy, either carry them in your arms, or in a sling and get them out and about into the world.