Puppies: What Vaccinations Does He Really Need?


Vaccinations are an important part of keeping puppies healthy. While there are several available, do puppies need all of them? Find out which vaccinations your puppy should have.

Core Vaccines

Core vaccines are ones that veterinarians recommend that all pups get. These vaccines protect dogs from potentially serious and even fatal illnesses. Keep in mind that there are also legal requirements for certain vaccinations, such as rabies. Vaccines that are considered core vaccinations include canine distemper virus, parvovirus, adenovirus, canine parainfluenza and rabies.

It’s important to note that the exact core vaccines puppies need might vary depending on other factors, such as certain risk factors. Your veterinarian can let you know which core vaccines your puppy should definitely have in order to stay in good health. In general, puppies should get a rabies vaccine around 16 weeks of age. For other core vaccines, puppies might get them when they are six weeks old or between ten and 12 weeks old, depending on the type of vaccine being administered. Puppies will then need boosters for full protection.

Non-Core Vaccines

Non-core vaccines are ones that not all dogs need. These vaccines are recommended based on a puppy’s lifestyle and environment. For example, puppies that are in daycare or boarding should get certain non-core vaccines, while those that don’t use these facilities might not need them. Non-core vaccines include bordetella bronchiseptica, leptospira, Lyme disease and certain canine influenza virus types.

When your puppy is going to stay at a dog boarding facility or participating in doggy daycare, you can expect certain vaccine requirements. These requirements help protect your dog and other dogs in the facility from becoming sick with diseases that are potentially severe. You will need to show proof from your vet that your puppy has received the required vaccinations and that they are up-to-date.

If you plan on using a dog boarding or daycare facility, contact DoGone Fun to learn more about our vaccination requirements. We require certain vaccinations for all dogs who board or attend daycare, such as rabies, parvovirus and bordetella (kennel cough).