When you adopt a puppy, there’s nothing more exciting than getting to know your new furry friend. Instantly, you’ve created a connection and there’s nothing that will break that bond. Because we want you to continue to grow with your pup, we are going to be giving you a list of the vaccines for puppies they’ll need, along with the age they need to be when receiving the vaccinations.

Multivalent Vaccines

There are multiple vaccinations out there you could request for your dog, but the most common one is the DHLPPCv. Instead of making your dog suffer through the pain of six different shots, they’ll be given one shot with antigens for all six conditions in one small volume. Not only does one shot make it easier for our veterinary clinic to provide you with quick service, but it’s easier on your puppy as well.

The Six Injections


D- Canine Distemper Virus

Canine Distemper Virus is a danger and deadly viral illness that doesn’t have a known cure. Because of this, it’s extremely vital your dog receives the vaccine needed to combat the disease.

H – Hepatitis

Like hepatitis in humans, this viral infection will mainly affect the liver of your puppy and can pose serious health conditions if not treated effectively.

L – Leptospirosis

Your puppy’s kidneys will be at stake if leptospirosis takes hold of their immune system. Additionally, this disease can also infect humans, pigs, cows and many other mammals.

P – Parainfluenza

Just like the flu in humans, the parainfluenza is an illness that affects a puppy or dog’s upper respiratory function. It’s an upper respiratory infection and cause your dog to feel down in the dumps if not protected.

P – Parvovirus

One of the more severe viruses your puppy needs to be protected from is the parvovirus. This virus affects the lining of a canine’s intestinal tract and can be fatal if not treated or protected properly.

Cv – Coronavirus

Similar to the parvovirus, the coronavirus is a severe intestinal tract infection, however, it does not generally become fatal unlike the parvovirus.

When to Vaccinate

Your puppy should be receiving their vaccines early in life, however, too early can be dangerous. At our veterinary clinic in Fort Collins, your puppy will be able to receive their vaccinations when the time is right. Here is a timeline to help you plan your puppy’s vaccinations accordingly:

6 to 7 Weeks of Age

Your puppy should have received their first combination of DHPPCv vaccines. If they haven’t, schedule an appointment now!

9 Weeks of Age

Your puppy should have received their second combination of DHPPCv vaccines. If they haven’t, schedule an appointment now!

12 Weeks of Age

Your puppy should have received the third combination of injections and are now able to receive a lyme vaccine inoculation. Generally, if your puppy receives a lyme vaccine inoculation, you’ll make an appointment for a second round two weeks later. If they haven’t, schedule an appointment now!

16 Weeks of Age

The last combination of the DHPPCv vaccines should be administered.  If they haven’t, schedule an appointment now!

12 to 16 Weeks of Age

During the 12 to 16 week of age window, your puppy needs to have their rabies vaccine administered. The timing of this vaccine depends on the county in which you live; if you’d like to learn more, feel free to give us a call and schedule an appointment.

Special Timelines to Consider

There are certain breeds of dogs that require two rounds of the parvo vaccine at 20 weeks of age. If you have a Doberman or Rottweiler, please reach out to our veterinary clinic to learn more.