What You Need To Know About Dog Vaccination Protocol

Just as we do with our children, it’s important to vaccinate our pets too. Germs and infectious diseases spread just as quickly from animal to animal as they do with humans.


Animal vaccinations are crucial to their longevity and good health. Any veterinarian will inform a pet owner that choosing against vaccination is a risk of putting them in danger of coming into contact with a life-threatening disease such as rabies.


Animal vaccinations are subject to a protocol that consists of administering the vaccines according to a schedule. Which vaccine is needed and when are commonly based upon the following:


Information provided by Dr. Jean Dodds at  http://drjeandoddspethealthresource.tumblr.com/post/66693331640/dodds-dog-vaccination-protocol-2013-2014#.UzISYJK9KSN


Presence of maternal immunity

Prevalence of viruses or other infectious agents in the region Number of reported occurrences of the viruses and other infectious agents How the agents are spread The typical environmental conditions and exposure risk activities of companion animals


When it comes to getting an animal vaccinated, you should consult with a licensed and professional veterinarian, but we highly recommend following Dr. Dodds’ protocol:


9-10 Weeks Old:

Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (e.g. Merck Nobivac [Intervet Progard] Puppy DPV)


14-16 Weeks:

Same as above


20 Weeks or Older (if allowable by law):



1 Year:

Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV (optional = titer)


1 Year:

Rabies, killed 3-year product (give 3-4 weeks apart from distemper/parvovirus booster)

One Response to What You Need To Know About Dog Vaccination Protocol

  1. A maltese puppy is recommended to stay with its breeder until 12 weeks of age. At that time, the puppy may have received 1 or 2 sets of vaccines.
    Immunity is not achieved until 2 weeks after the second set of shots.
    Since airborn vituses pose a huge threat at certain times of the year, its best to be vaccinated after weaning.
    Those pet owners that outdoor train their dogs may be exposing them to parvo, distemper, etc

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