Vaccinations for Lhasa apso puppies

Vaccination is an essential part of a Lhasa Apso puppy’s health care routine. The vaccination schedule for Lhasa Apso puppies is generally similar to other breeds, and it typically begins when the puppies are around 6 to 8 weeks old. Here’s a typical vaccination schedule:

Initial Vaccinations (6 to 8 Weeks)

  • Distemper, Parvovirus: These vaccines are often combined into one shot (commonly referred to as DHPP, which covers Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus).
  • Bordetella (optional): Recommended for puppies that will be in contact with many other dogs, such as in dog parks or boarding facilities.

Follow-up Vaccinations (10 to 12 Weeks)

  • DHPP Booster: A second dose of the DHPP vaccine.
  • Leptospirosis (optional): May be included with DHPP as a combination vaccine, depending on the area and the puppy’s risk of exposure.
  • Canine Influenza (optional): Administered based on regional prevalence and the dog’s risk factors.

Additional Vaccinations (14 to 16 Weeks)

  • Rabies: This vaccine is typically given at around 16 weeks of age but may vary based on local laws and veterinarian recommendations.
  • DHPP Booster: The third dose of the DHPP vaccine.

Booster Vaccinations

  • Annual Booster Shots: The DHPP vaccine is often boosted at one year of age and then every 1-3 years, depending on the specific vaccine used and your veterinarian’s recommendations. The rabies vaccine booster schedule is also dictated by law and is usually every 1-3 years.

Other Considerations

  • Health Check: Your puppy should be healthy at the time of vaccination. The vet will likely perform a health check during vaccination visits.
  • Deworming: Puppies are commonly dewormed during their initial veterinary visits.
  • Heartworm Prevention: This is typically started around 8 weeks of age, depending on your geographic location and the vet’s advice.

Always follow the vaccination schedule recommended by your veterinarian, as it can be adjusted based on your puppy’s health, lifestyle, and specific risk factors. Regular veterinary visits are crucial for more than just vaccines; they’re an opportunity for health screenings and to ask questions about your Lhasa Apso’s health and care.


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