How many vaccines does a puppy need? Which vaccines are mandatory and which ones are just recommended? American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) published “Canine Vaccination Guidelines” in 2017. Here is the quick view of vaccine schedule, with core & non-core vaccine explained.
DHPP is a combination vaccine of canine Distemper, Hepatitis (Adenovirus), Parvo virus, and Parainfluenza virus. Beginning at 6 week of age, with the interval of 2 weeks it is needed to be administered until 16 week-old. The annual booster shot is recommended.
Rabies vaccines are the only vaccines administered by veterinarians that are required by law. There are 2 types of rabies vaccine; 1-yr or 3-yr labeled. It is mandatory to get vaccinated rabies every year.
Bordetella, Leptospira, Borrelia, canine Influenza, and Crotalus atrox(Rattlesnake poison) are non-core vaccines where you only have to give vaccination to dogs living in higher risk of exposure to those pathogens.