What shots do puppies need and when? Vet explains

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When you take home a new puppy, you’ll naturally have done your research. With worming and flea treatments, home preparation, and basic training, it can seem like there’s a lot to think about! But what about puppy vaccinations? When it comes to puppy shots, the information seems to get even more complicated and confusing. So, what shots do puppies need?

What are puppy shots?

Why does my puppy need to have shots?

At eight weeks, puppies receive shots against Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza. They can also have the Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine at this age.

What diseases do the shots protect my puppy against?

Core diseases

Canine Distemper Virus

Canine Adenovirus




After your puppy’s first course of shots, they will need annual vaccinations to boost their immunity and keep them protected.

Additional vaccinations



Canine Influenza Virus

Lyme disease

When does my puppy need to have shots?

What about side effects?



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Dr. Hannah Godfrey MRCVS graduated from the Royal Veterinary College in 2011. Although she initially worked in mixed practice treating all species, she found a love for small animal work and has worked exclusively with dogs and cats since 2014. She lives in Wales with her partner, son, and two cats (named Poppy and Ashton Kutcher), and writes comedy fiction in her spare time.

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