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what to know about vaccinations for your new puppy

Your pup needs a vaccination schedule to stay happy and healthy

Your little bundle of puppy love relies on you to keep them healthy, happy, and safe. One of the most important steps to take, both within the first 6 months and throughout your puppy’s life, is making sure your puppyBFF is up to date on their vaccinations. Here’s a guide to the vaccinations your puppy really needs, when your puppy needs them, and what to know about costs.

Puppy Vaccines
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Core and non-core vaccinations for puppies

Vaccines fall into one of two categories: core and noncore.

Core vaccines are the ones we recommend for the majority of puppies, based largely on their health. They are vital to ensure the well-being of both you and your BFF.

Noncore vaccines are recommended based on your puppy’s lifestyle, and sometimes on your geographical location. Talk to your veterinary team about non-core vaccines if any of these activities are a constant in your puppy’s life:

  • Frequent visits to dog parks or doggy daycare
  • Going on hikes
  • Spending a long time outdoors in the yard
  • Visits to the groomer

Core Noncore
Distemper/Parvo combination

These diseases cause a variety of issues like lethargy, fever and eye discharge, bloody diarrhea, and vomiting.

Bordetella (Kennel Cough)

This infection can cause upper respiratory symptoms.


This disease is fatal for mammals, including humans.

Adenovirus (CAV-1)

Canine Hepatitis. It causes fever, vomiting, and diarrhea.


Highly infectious and causes coughing and sneezing.

Lyme Disease

Transmitted by ticks, it can cause fever and joint inflammation.


Causes kidney and liver disease and can be spread to humans.

Canine Influenza

Causes respiratory disease that can lead to serious pneumonia.

*Vaccine frequency can vary by location and your pup’s specific needs. Keep your pup’s vaccination records handy, and keep in touch with your Banfield veterinary team so your puppy doesn’t miss any necessary shots.

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Check out our quick video on why vaccinations for your puppy are oh so important. Plus, find out what to expect after your pup receives them.

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How much do vaccinations cost for a puppy?

Vaccine prices vary widely based on location. This is one reason why we often recommend enrolling your puppy in an Optimum Wellness Plan®, which includes routinely-recommended vaccinations in a smart, affordable package of preventive puppy veterinary care.

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Have questions about puppy vaccinations?

Your veterinary team is here to help advise on what vaccinations your puppy needs, when they need them, and to help diagnose and treat other health problems during exams — so you can focus on enjoying the unconditional love and joy that your pup is eager to show you.

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