Guide for vaccination and de-worming your dog
Have you welcomed a new dog into your house? Whether you’ve adopted a puppy or an older dog, you can use this basic guide for vaccination and de-worming.
After 12 weeks and repeat every year.
DHPPIL (Distemper, Hepatitis Parainfluenza, Parvo, Leptospirosis)
6-8 weeks (Booster after 28 days) and repeat every year.
9-10 weeks (Booster after 28 days) and repeat every year.
De-worming with an oral prescription de-wormer such as pyrantel palmoate or fenbendazole should take place every 2 weeks starting at 3 weeks of age. Once a puppy reaches 6 months of age, it can start taking a monthly heartworm preventative that also contains a dewormer for intestinal worms. The monthly de-worming should continue year-round. Some farm or ranch dogs may require medication for tapeworms, as well. Dog owners should avoid giving over-the-counter de-worming medications to their dogs, as they are often ineffective and may have side effects.
Although some dog owners do vaccinate their puppies and dogs themselves, it is better to have a veterinarian decide on the best vaccination schedule for dogs in certain parts of the country, depending upon disease risk. In addition, only a veterinarian can administer a rabies and other vaccines with a legal certificate of vaccination.