Basic vaccination guidelines for puppies include a single rabies vaccine given at 16 weeks of age or later, and 2 or 3 DAP (distemper, adenovirus (aka canine hepatitis), parvovirus) vaccines given at 3-4 week intervals, typically started at 8 or 9 weeks of age. The last DAP vaccine must be given at 12 weeks of age or older.
The rabies and DAP vaccines are known as "core vaccines" as they are recommended for all dogs. They should be administered again after one year, and thereafter, every 3 years for rabies, and every 4 years for DAP.
Additional vaccinations, such as bordetella, leptospirosis, and lyme disease, may also be given. Vaccine recommendations are based on an individual assessment of each dog’s need, based on a conversation between the veterinarian and the owner. Rabies vaccination is required for all dogs by law.
The canine influenza epidemic is significant and real. This is a link to the official information from the AVMA:
If your dog has a sudden onset of coughing, please CALL us. If your dog is coughing, it may be highly contagious. Please DO NOT simply bring your dog to Mission Pet Hospital and do not expose it to other dogs.