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Puppy Vaccinations and Shots: Important Vaccination Schedule for Your Dog


How Much do Puppy Vaccines Cost?


The cost of shots for your puppy will vary greatly from place to place and what exactly your veterinarian is vaccinating your puppy for. According to Vogelsang, vaccinations can also be combined with important puppy preventative care, such as deworming, and can impact the cost of your vet visit.


According to Werber, who is based in California, vaccinations can range anywhere from 10 to close to 50 dollars per vaccine.


“In our area, vaccine prices can range anywhere from 10 to 25 dollars, depending on where, and by whom they are administered,” he said. “Some of the specialized vaccines, like Lyme disease, rattlesnake, and the multivalent leptospirosis vaccines may be as high as 35 to 45 dollars.”


Can I Skip Any Vaccinations for My Puppy?


Puppy vaccinations should be administered on a 6, 10 and 14-week or 8, 12 and 16-week schedule and none in the core series should be skipped, Wessels said. The shots developed as a part of this series are to prevent against diseases that can be deadly to puppies or cause significant illness, which is why it’s important to follow the advice of your veterinarian when it comes to your puppy’s vaccination schedule. Maternal antibodies disappear by the age of 14 to 16 weeks, and the reason for the series is to give the puppy protection for each disease as the maternal antibodies weaken and disappear, she added.


If you have concerns about the safety of any particular vaccine, or if your puppy has an allergic reaction to a vaccine, you should talk to your veterinarian about the risks and benefits associated with your puppy and that particular shot and deicide where to go from there, Vogelsang said.


“People are understandably confused about vaccines, because there are so many out there,” she said. “There are many factors that come into play … and it’s imperative to take each individual into account when making those recommendations. Not all vaccines are created equal, and not all of them are as effective as the core vaccines or protect against diseases as widespread and severe.”


If you have concerns about routine booster shot administration or the effects of any other vaccine, you can request that your vet complete a titer (or blood) test to measure for existing antibodies, Weber said. If the level of antibody is protective, the vaccine can be safely skipped. 


Additional writing and reporting for this article provided by Jessica Remitz.