Puppy Vaccination Timeline

The following outlines an overview and timeline guide of puppy vaccinations. At Telford Veterinary Hospital, we may recommend other vaccinations or variations in schedules outside of this general list, depending on factors such as where you live, your pet’s history or pre-existing health conditions, risk levels for certain diseases, the lifestyle of your pet, and more. Please always follow your vet’s recommendation for the best care for your specific pet.



  • Protection: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, & Parvo
  • First Vaccination: 6-8 weeks
  • Second Vaccination: 10-12 weeks
  • Third Vaccination: 14-16 weeks
  • Fourth Vaccination: 16-18 weeks (breed-dependent)
  • Booster Vaccinations: every 12-36 months


  • Protection: Leptospirosis Virus
  • First Vaccination: 12-14 weeks
  • Second Vaccination: 16-17 weeks
  • Booster Vaccination: every 12 months


  • Protection: Kennel Cough
  • First Vaccination: 8-10 weeks
  • Booster Vaccinations: every 12 months


  • Protection: Rabies Disease
  • First Vaccination: 12 weeks
  • Booster Vaccinations: every 12-36 months


  • Protection: Lyme Disease
  • First Vaccination: 14 weeks, or after the core vaccinations are complete
  • Second Vaccination: 17 weeks
  • Booster Vaccinations: every 12 months


6-8 Weeks

  • DHPP

9-11 Weeks

  • DHPP

12-14 Weeks

  • DHPP
  • LEPTO**
  • LYME**

16-17 WEEKS

  • DHPP
  • LEPTO**
  • LYME**

If you recently brought home a new puppy or kitten, you can schedule their first vet visit with us using the PetDesk app, or by contacting our office directly

Check out the Telford Vet Blog for more informational resources!

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*Rabies is 100% fatal. There are no treatments currently available, and it’s contagious. Prevention is crucial. The rabies vaccination may be required annually or every 3 years, depending on the vaccine used. In the state of Pennsylvania, it is required by law for veterinarians to give all dogs and cats the Rabies vaccine continuously throughout the pet’s lifetime.

**The Lepto and the Lyme vaccinations are considered non-core vaccines and are only administered depending on your pet’s lifestyle. If you have any questions or concerns about particular vaccines, you’re more than welcome to discuss these with your vet. At Telford Vet, we take pet owners’ wishes into consideration before administering any vaccines. 

While there are other vaccinations offered elsewhere, this blog only outlines those which are regularly administered by the Veterinarians at Telford Veterinary Hospital in Souderton, PA. Additionally, the information and advice provided in this blog are intended for informational purposes only and do not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet’s health, please make an appointment with your vet. 


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