This is just a small definition of the vaccines that you may encounter along the way.  Some veterinarians may choose to vaccinate your puppy with a different schedule or with different combinations of vaccines to better suit your puppy.   If you have more questions or concerns please contact your veterinarian for greater detailed information.




DHLPP (sometimes given without the Leptospirosis – DHPP)

  • Distemper / Hepatitis / Leptospirosis / Parainfluenza (to help prevent more of a serious kennel cough) / Parvovirus
  • 8 weeks / 12 weeks / 16 weeks
  • 1 year boosters
  • Annual titers can check for protective antibody levels / immunity changing administration to as follows:

Distemper  1 – 5yrs & Parvo 1-3 yrs


BORDATELLA  (to help prevent Mild Kennel Cough)

  • Usually intranasal every 6 months for socially active dogs or annually for isolated dogs



  • Administered 4 – 6 months of age
  • Booster 1 year later
  • Boosters every 3 years after that (can not run titers on this one)






  • Viral disease
  • Affecting respiratory and nervous systems causing: fever, lethargy, coughing, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures & death


  • Contagious disease of the liver
  • Symptoms include: fever, vomiting, diarrhea & abdominal pain
  • Can also cause severe kidney damage


  • Bacterial disease carried by wild animals and in contaminated water
  • Symptoms include: high fever, jaundice, hemorrhaging, and bloodstained feces
  • Can affect humans through infected urine



  • Parvovirus (Parvo) is a highly contagious disease that causes diarrhea and vomiting, and often leads to death.
  • Transmitted through contaminated feces in soil



  • Acute, highly contagious disease
  • Caused by Bordetella bronchiseptica, canine parainfluenza (CPI), canine adenovirua 1(CAV-!), canine adenovirua 2 (CAV-2), canine distemper virus (CDV), reovirus, and small organisms called mycoplasma. (Bordatella = bacterium & Parainfluenza = airborne virus)
  • Symptoms include: severe coughing spells especially after short exercise sometime followed by vomiting and gagging, watery eyes and runny nose



  • Virus from wild animals particularly skunks, raccoons, bats and foxes
  • Attacking the brain and is always fatal
  • Can be passed to humans through bite or scratch from infected animal
  • Symptoms include: unusually aggressive irritated behavior, drooling or frothing mouth, drunken walk


(some kennels may require a current Corona and Canine Influenza vaccine too)


  • Second leading cause of viral diarrhea.
  • Transmitted through contaminated feces in soil
  • Symptoms include: diarrhea, vomiting, excessive thirst, weight loss, loss of appetite


  • Symptoms similar to kennel cough
  • Appears 2 -3 days after exposure