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Vaccination Schedules

Updated: Dec 30, 2020

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You can also visit our Vaccines & Titers topic page for a look at all of the articles in this category.

There are two main camps when it comes to dog vaccines: the traditional vaccine schedule and Dr. Dodd’s minimal vaccine protocol.

  • later start to puppy shots (9-10 weeks)

  • contains 2 vaccines

  • titer tests every 3 years to re-confirm immunity

  • earlier start to puppy shots (6-8 weeks)

  • contains 3-5 vaccines

  • re-vaccination every year regardless of immunity

  • mid-range start to puppy shots (8-9 weeks)

  • first dose contains 5 vaccines

  • titer tests instead of automatic yearly re-vaccination

We recommend a combination of these two schedules listed above – giving the MINIMUM number of vaccines needed to guarantee immunity over a lifetime, while vaccinating against multiple known diseases early on so that your puppy can be a social butterfly with minimal risk.

Here are links to additional information on pet vaccines.

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