Ask Dr. Dobson: Puppy Vaccinations

My husband and I are thinking about adopting a puppy.  Which vaccinations are need initially and when should they be administered?  Also what is the aproximate cost of the vaccinations?


Hello Allison

Adopting a puppy is a wonderful idea!  You’re puppy will need a series of vaccines, depending upon its age. We begin giving vaccinations at the age 6 weeks. Following the initial vaccine, DHPPC combination, you puppy will need two boosters 3-4 weeks apart from each other.

Following a schedule of vaccinating your puppy at 6 weeks, 10 weeks, and 14 weeks, your puppy should be fully protected two weeks after the last set of vaccinations.  We recommend giving the Rabies vaccine at 6 months of age.

An initial exam will need to be done before giving vaccinations. Our physical exam fee is $40.00 and the initial DHPPC vaccine is $33.00.

Please call if you have any further questions.

Good Luck

RiverWoods Pet Hospital Staff

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