Dr. Jean Dodds – Dog Vaccine Protocol

The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not be interpreted to mean that other protocols recommended by a veterinarian would be less satisfactory. It’s a matter of professional judgment and choice.


9 – 10 weeks of age

Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV
e.g. Merck Nobivac (Intervet Progard) Puppy DPV

14 – 15 weeks of age
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV

18 weeks of age
Parvovirus only, MLV
Note: New research states that last puppy parvovirus vaccine should be at 18 weeks old.

20 weeks or older, if allowable by law
Rabies – give 3-4 weeks apart from other vaccines
Mercury-free (thimerosol-free, TF)

1 year old
Distemper + Parvovirus, MLV
This is an optional booster or titer. If the client intends not to booster after this optional booster or intends to retest titers in another three years, this optional booster at puberty is wise.

1 year old
Rabies – give 3-4 weeks apart from other vaccines
3-year product if allowable by law; mercury-free (TF)

Perform vaccine antibody titers for distemper and parvovirus every three years thereafter, or more often, if desired. Vaccinate for rabies virus according to the law, except where circumstances indicate that a written waiver needs to be obtained from the primary care veterinarian. In that case, a rabies antibody titer can also be performed to accompany the waiver request. Visit The Rabies Challenge Fund for more information.

W. Jean Dodds, DVM
Hemopet / NutriScan
11561 Salinaz Avenue
Garden Grove, CA 92843

One Response to “Dr. Jean Dodds – Dog Vaccine Protocol”

  1. […] Inoculations are a very important part of a puppy’s health.  They protect our canine loved ones from several potentially fatal illnesses.  But as important as it is that our dogs are inoculated, it’s equally important that it’s done in such a way as to not overwhelm the immune system of the puppy.  Normal Havanese inoculation protocol is for your puppy to receive their first Distemper/Parvo (DHPP) shot at 8-10 weeks of age, the second at 12-14 weeks of age, and the final one at 16-18 weeks of age.  Due to high instances of adverse reactions in the breed,  the Leptospirosis vaccine is not recommended for Havanese unless your puppy is in a high risk area or environment.  If your vet does deem it necessary, the leptospirosis shot should be administered separately from any other inoculations to minimize the stress on your puppy’s system.   The rabies shot should be given 3-4 weeks apart from any other vaccines, at around 18 weeks of age.  After one year, a DHPP booster should be given, and rabies 3-4 weeks later.  It is strongly recommended that titers be drawn every three years after that to determine whether further inoculations are necessary, when allowed by law.  This ensures that your dog is not over inoculated, which research is showing might be a contributing factor to life threatening conditions such as cancers and auto-immune diseases.  If you’d like more information, this is a great website. […]

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