Canine Vaccinations and Testing Schedule


Proper vaccinations are an important component to preventative medicine and overall health of your canine friends.  Numerous diseases that can be fatal can be avoided with proper vaccinations.  Below you will find vaccine schedules for puppies and adults as well as a brief explanation of the vaccines.

3-6 Weeks 6-9 Weeks 10-12 Weeks 13-15 Weeks 16 Weeks & Over
Wellness Exam Wellness Exam Wellness Exam Wellness Exam Wellness Exam
Deworm DA2MP DHLPP 1st DHLPP 2nd DHLPP 3rd
Fecal Worm Exam Fecal Worm Exam Bordatella 1st Bordatella 2nd
Heartworm Prevention Heartworm Prevention Heartworm Prevention Rabies
Heartworm Prevention

Annual Vaccinations/Tests (Older Than 12 Months)
Heartworm Test
Fecal Worm Exam
Heartworm/Flea Prevention (Monthly)
Annual Healthscreen Bloodwork

Description of Vaccines:

DHLPP:  Vaccine is recommended annually. Diseases covered by this vaccine are listed below

  • Distemper: This disease is extremely contagious and can be transmitted by direct contact or airborne viral particles.  This disease is often fatal.  Clinical signs include: fever, anorexia, ocular/nasal discharge, coughing, vomiting, and diarrhea. 
  • Hepatitis: This is a viral disease of the liver.  Transmitted by direct contact to pathogen in oral/nasal discharge of an infected animal.  Clinical signs include: anorexia, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, depression, lethargy, and seizures. 
  • Leptospirosis: This disease is a bacterial infection that attacks the kidneys.  Transmitted by contact with rodent urine.  Clinical signs include: acute organ failure, muscle stiffness, anorexia, vomiting, lethargy, and fever. 
  • Parainfluenza: This is an upper respiratory infection that can be highly contagious.  Clinical signs include fever, nasal discharge, inflamed tonsils, and coughing. 
  • Parvovirus: This is an extremely contagious virus of the intestinal tract.  This is a hearty virus than in proper conditions can live on surfaces or in soil for months.  Unfortunately, if your pet contracts this virus, the outcome is often fatal without extensive treatment.  Clinical signs include:  vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, and lethargy.

Bordatella:  This upper respiratory infection is commonly referred to as “Kennel Cough”.  Clinical signs of this illness include:  coughing, gagging, and inflammation of the upper respiratory system. 

Rabies:  Vaccine is recommended annually or every 3 years depending on vaccine type given.  This vaccine is required by law.  This virus attacks neurologic tissues.  We have seen more outbreaks of this virus in Alabama over the last few years in our wildlife and pets.  This virus is highly contagious and has a very high zoonotic potential (can be spread to humans from animals).

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