Canine Vaccines
Your pet is a special member of your family.  To help them live a long, healthy life
a good vaccine program is necessary.  Vaccines  along with routine thorough
physical exams are the most important preventative measure you can take for
the health of you pet. Vaccines protect your pet from viral and bacterial
diseases.  St. Louis has many common, deadly diseases that can live in the
environment for many years.  Without vaccines your pet is left unprotected
against these.  Here is a basic guideline for the vaccination needs of puppies:

Young Puppies
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We usually begin vaccines at 6-8 weeks of age.  Your puppy will need an initial series of
at least three sets of shots, 3-4 weeks apart, to produce the proper antibodies to protect
against disease.


On the first puppy visit (6-8 weeks of age) they will receive a DHPP shot which
protects against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo and Parainfluenza.   
They will also need a de-worming at this time, to kill any intestinal parasites your puppy
may have.  We give your puppy their first dose of flea prevention free on this visit.

On the second puppy visit (9-12 weeks old) they will receive their booster DHPP
shot.  They will also be old enough to get their Bordatella vaccine, which protects
against Canine Respiratory Disease.  This is commonly called "kennel cough",
which is a misleading name, puppies do not have to be in a kennel to contract this
disease.  It is airborne, like our cold, and they can get it simply by going outside
and running into a dog who is infected.  We will de-worm they pup again, to make
sure all parasites are taken care of.  Your puppy will get their first dose of
Heartworm prevention free at this visit.  They will need to be on Heartworm
prevention for the rest of their life.

On the third puppy visit (12-16 weeks old) your puppy will receive their first adult
shot, the DHPPC, which protects against Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo,
Parainfluenza and Corona Virus.  At 16 weeks old they are old enough to receive
their Rabies vaccine, which is required by law.  If a stool sample is brought we can
test is to see if there are any parasites visible at that time.


When the puppy is 6 months old they will need an additional
Parvo booster to make sure
they have enough antibodies against this deadly disease.

When your puppy is 9 months old they will be old enough to have their first Heartworm
Test- this is important in making sure that your pup doesn't contract this life threatening
parasite.  Puppies and Dogs need to be on
Heartworm prevention their whole lives, and
will need to be tested yearly.

Older Puppies-
4-12 months old

On their first visit, they will need their first DHPPC shot, to protect against
Distemper, Hepatitis, Parvo, Parainfluenza and Corona Virus. They can get  their
Bordatella  and Rabies vaccines also.  They will need a de-worming, to kill any
intestinal parasites.  If a stool sample is brought we can test is to see if there are
any parasites visible at that time.

On their second visit they will need their DHPPC boostered, and a second de-
worming to make sure all parasites are taken care of.

All dogs will need the
DHPPC and Rabies shot boostered annually, and the Bordatella
vaccine boosted twice a year.  They will also need an annual
Fecal and Heartworm test

The veterinarians at Normandy Animal Hospital
also  have health care programs and vaccines for your cat, horse, pot bellied pig,
sheep, goat, llama, and alpaca.
Phone: (314) 383-4677