Is there anything more adorable than a new puppy? From her floppy ears to her little wet nose, whether she’s fluffy, tall, short, active, or chill, a puppy is a cuddly, sweet creature that deserves all the love we have to give. And while ear scratches and treats are a great way to show you care, there’s really no better way to love your pet than by giving her a healthy start at a long and happy life. That’s why scheduling her puppy vaccinations should be one of the first things you do after adopting a new doggo.


At Normandale Veterinary Hospital, our veterinarian care team loves helping pets and their families get started on the path to a great life together. Here’s everything you need to know about scheduling your pet’s vaccinations for her first year of life.

Dogs Less than Six Months Old

When you bring your pet in for her shots, your veterinarian can walk you through the best timeline for vaccination and help you set up a schedule. However, these vaccines are recommended for dogs six months and under:

●      5-in-1 DA2P + Parvovirus

Sometimes called DAPP, DA2PP, or DHPP, this vaccine protects against hepatitis, adenovirus kennel cough, parvovirus, parainfluenza, and canine distemper. All of these diseases are caused by currently incurable viruses and are considered highly contagious. Protecting your dog with regularly scheduled vaccines is the safest way to protect against them.

●      Bordetella

Bordetella is the most common reason for kennel cough and can result in vomiting, coughing, seizures, or even death. For puppies, we offer a nasal or injectable vaccine.

●      Rabies

Rabies is a central nervous system-invading virus that causes a whole host of problems, all of them extremely serious. These include anxiety, hallucinations, paralysis, and even death. If an animal becomes infected, treatment should be rendered immediately or the animal will likely die. And because it’s transmissible to humans, rabies shots are required by law almost everywhere.


●      Canine Influenza

Just like humans, dogs are susceptible to several strains of flu. Two of the most common are H3N8 and H3N2, so be sure to add those to your pet’s vaccine schedule.

●      Lyme

When humans are exposed to Lyme disease, we get a telltale bullseye rash. However, signs of this tick-borne illness are more difficult to spot in dogs until the animal becomes seriously ill.

●      Lepto 4

Leptospirosis is another bacterial infection and is commonly found in water and soil around the globe. And unlike many of the other viruses on the list, lepto can be transmitted to humans.


In addition to the above vaccines, it’s also important to protect your dog against parasites with roundworm and hookworm dewormer. And while you’re here, it’s never a bad idea to have your pet microchipped in case she gets lost. To get your puppy’s first vaccine appointment, call Normandale Veterinary Hospital at 952-831-8272 or make an appointment online today.