Puppy Vaccinations

Getting a new puppy is one of life's greatest joys. The happiness and excitement of welcoming a new furry family member are hard to beat. At Cordova Animal Hospital in Cordova, we share in that joy every time we have the honor of seeing a new puppy come through our doors. Not only do we get to meet and greet a new member of our extended Cordova family, but we also get to help ensure they are healthy and ready to go out into the world.

Puppy Vaccinations

What To Expect

One vital aspect of our comprehensive puppy exam includes puppy vaccinations. These initial shots are critical to your puppy's health and well-being. We strongly suggest that the first round of vaccinations be done between 6–8 weeks, before the immunity puppies have from their mother's milk wears off.

Vaccinations are critical to keeping your pup from contracting a serious, sometimes fatal disease. They also drastically reduce the spread of infectious diseases. Some vaccinations, like rabies, are required by state and local laws. Others are required if you plan on boarding your dog or sending it to a doggy daycare. Read on for more information regarding puppy vaccinations.

What Vaccinations Will My Puppy Need?

Vaccinations are divided into two categories: core and non-core. Core vaccines are required, whereas non-core are not required but highly recommended based on certain factors like where a dog lives, its lifestyle, and exposure to other animals. For example, a vaccine for Lyme may be recommended if you live in a heavily wooded area that's inhabited by a large deer population.

Core Vaccines

- DHP - typically a single shot that contains protection against distemper, hepatitis, and parvo. Booster each year.

- Rabies - given between three and six months and again at twelve months. Booster every one to three years.

Non-Core Vaccines

- Parainfluenza - may be given along with DHP

- Leptospirosis - required for boarding and grooming facilities

- Bordetella - highly recommended if they're around any other dogs

- Canine influenza - often required for boarding or grooming

- Lyme

Are There Side Effects?

Typically, any side effects are minimal and don't last longer than a day or two. They can include:

- Sleepiness

- Slight fever

- Swelling at the injection site

- Itchiness

- Decreased appetite

We recommend allowing your puppy to rest in a quiet space if they are feeling out of sorts. Make sure they have access to plenty of fresh water.

Contact Cordova Animal Hospital

If you've been Googling β€œa veterinarian near me” in Cordova, that must be why you're here. If you'd like to make an appointment or have any questions at all, give us a call at (901) 753-3539 . Our staff is happy to help with whatever you need. You can also check out our website for more information.