Puppy’s 1st Vaccinations: What You Need to Know

So, you’ve just adopted a new 4-legged friend and you couldn’t be more excited to train, name, and welcome them into the family. But, have you considered taking your furry friend to the vet to for their shots? A new puppy needs lots of vaccinations to stay happy and healthy, so here at 4Paws Insurance we have created a vaccination schedule for your new pup, so you’ll never miss anything!



What are These Vaccines For?


  • Bordetella Bronchisteptica is the bacteria that most commonly causes “Kennel Cough.” It is important for puppies who are frequently around other pets to receive this vaccine. If your puppy goes to daycare, the groomer, or stays overnight at a Kennel, you should consider protecting them against Bordetella Bronchisteptic with this vaccine.


  • The Canine Distemper Virus affects a dog’s gastrointestinal, central nervous, and respiratory systems. The virus is passed from dog to dog and is contagious with no known cure, so this vaccine is essential for all dogs.


  • The Coronavirus, although treatable, can lead to fever, vomiting, loss of appetite, and secondary infections. It is highly contagious and attacks the intestinal tract, so consult with your vet to determine if your pup needs to be vaccinated.


  • This disease can cause serious damage to the kidney and liver, and in extreme cases, may result in death. It is spread through the urine of infected animals and other wild animals. This disease can be spread to humans as well, which may serve as a catalyst for you to talk to your vet about this vaccine.


  • This virus is just one of many that can cause Kennel Cough in dogs. Although it is not life threatening, it is a contagious, cold-like virus that can be passed to cats, dogs, and even humans.


  • A highly contagious virus that attacks the intestinal track, white blood cells, and even the heart muscles, Parvovirus causes dogs to experience lethargy, severe vomiting, and loss of appetite, among other symptoms.


  • Rabies can be spread through a bite by an infected dog – and it can be spread to humans too. This virus attacks the gray matter of the brain and can lead to death, so it makes sense that this vaccine is required by vets and many local governments.

Lyme Disease

  • If a dog is bitten by a tick carrying the Borrelia Burgdorferi bacteria, it can contract Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease in pets can cause lameness, lack of appetite, and depression. This disease is treated with antibiotics but symptoms may come back in the future, even after treatment.


  • Although your pets cannot actually get measles, distemper stems from the same virus. So, in order to protect your pup from distemper the measles shot is administered. That way, if your dog comes into contact with measles, they will not be at risk for distemper.


“Optional” Vaccines

Although some of these vaccines are “optional”, it really depends on your individual situation to know if your pup will need them. For example, although the Bordetella vaccination is optional, it will be required for your dog to have that vaccine in order to stay in a kennel/ boarding facility or to attend doggy day care. It is best to consult with your veterinarian to determine which optional vaccines your dog will need.

The Cost

Adding a puppy to the family is not cheap and caring for them isn’t either. You should expect to spend $75 to $100 per year for vaccinations alone, in addition to the cost of wellness exams. Not to mention, many “core vaccines” must be administered multiple times to be fully effective. A 4Paws Insurance Policy with optional Wellness Coverage can help to offset these costs. Plus, the right preventive care helps to protect your pup from illnesses and your wallet from unexpected expenses. Get a free quote today and see just how affordable coverage can be!