Demystifying the Vaccines Your New Puppy Needs in 

Bossier City

There is no doubt that the thrill of inviting a new puppy into your home is exciting. That tiny ball of fluff depends on you so much. There are so many things to learn in the first six months. Which food is best to buy, how to do potty training, establishing training routines, choosing the right veterinary facility, and discovering which vaccines your new pup needs. At Jimmie Davis Highway Animal Hospital in Bossier City, we want to help you make the right decision for your precious new friend.


Why Does My Dog Need a Vaccine?

Your first visit to the veterinarian with your puppy can be quite an intimidating experience. The reel of vaccinations and medication recommended may seem endless. Why does your dog need so many medications? Are they all required? Should you stick to the recommended vaccines or take up the optional recommendations also? 

Like humans, there are many diseases dogs will be exposed to throughout their lives. Unlike humans, dogs are keen to interact very closely with a vast number of other dogs, thus the spread of disease amongst their population is plentiful. Some of the most prevalent and contagious diseases we vaccinate for include: 

  • Bordetella
  • Bronchiseptica
  • Canine Distemper 
  • Canine Hepatitis 
  • Canine Parainfluenza 
  • Kennel Cough
  • Lyme Disease (spread via ticks)
  • Leptospirosis 
  • Parvovirus and
  • Rabies.

The First Six Months

One thing is for certain, in the first six months of your new puppy's life, you will make many visits to your local veterinary practice. Be sure to choose a practice you like and trust. At Jimmie Davis Highway Animal Hospital, we will work with you to develop a strategy to make sure your dog is protected. To give you an overview of which vaccines your puppy will need over his lifetime, we have provided a schedule below for his first year.

My Puppy's First Year of Vaccines at a Glance


Highly Recommended or law


6-8 weeks old

Distemper, parvovirus


10-12 weeks old

DHPP (covers distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, & parainfluenza)

Influenza, Bordetella, Leptospirosis & Lyme disease 

16-18 weeks old

DHPP, rabies

Influenza, Bordetella, Leptospirosis & Lyme disease.

12 months-16 months

DHPP, rabies

Coronavirus, Bordetella, Leptospirosis & Lyme disease

To build up an effective resistance against disease, you will notice several of the vaccines are given on a repetitive basis. The DHPP and rabies vaccines are required to be administered on an ongoing basis. Feel free to ask your vet for more information.

Call us today and let us help with advice about all your pet's vaccination needs. Book an appointment at the Jammie Davis Highway Animal Hospital in Bossier City on 318-406-2183. 

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