When you get a new dog, the first thing item on the checklist is getting him vaccinated. It sounds simple enough, however, an increasing number of vets are beginning to question whether or not pets can be overvaccinated.

You don’t want your dog to die prematurely anymore than you want your children to, but does indiscriminate vaccination in either situation solve all your problems?

It’s unlikely. Good health isn’t that simplistic.

Unfortunately, many dogs suffer serious reactions such as tumor, tremors, anaphylaxis and even death. That’s just in the short term.

Long term, we now know that more and more canines are suffering from human diseases such as allergies, asthma, diabetes and cancer. We must look at EVERY intervention that parallels that rise in serious disease states to get to the root cause.

Dr. John Robb DVM‘s court testimony in defense of animals has gone viral in the pet community.

Before moving on to the vaccine recommendations, I’d suggest you watch this 2-minute excerpt of his testimony before the Connecticut Committee on Public Health. The full 25-minute video will be at the bottom of the proposed vaccination schedule.

This is why we suggest that you find a vet who will work with you to develop a methodical plan dictated by your pet’s health history and stats such as age and overall size.

Let’s face it. As the video asserts, a six-pound chihuahua will not have the same needs as a 200-lb. Great Dane.

Personally, I find it deeply troubling that a vet can lose his license for trying to save your pet’s life!

So with that in mind, let’s take a look at vaccine recommendations for dogs.

The First Puppy Vaccinations

Vaccines are said to be effective only when a puppy has started to wean. This means that when the whelp is still dependent on its mother’s milk, the vaccine is ineffective. It is a complete waste, according to some.

At around 5 to 8 weeks old, a puppy is already ready to take its first vaccine shot. If you are adopting a dog, they will shoot him up before releasing him to your care.

After that, multiple shots of different diseases will be recommended to theoretically protect against common pet diseases.

Given that certain diseases are very serious in nature among dogs, chances are good that your vet will suggest – or rather mandate – you to give the following shots to your pet: distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus, and rabies.

Proposed Puppy Vaccination Schedule

Most puppy vaccinations continue until it is 14 weeks of age — in other words every 2 to 4 weeks since the first dose.

Not all vaccines administered are the same, however. Some vaccines can be bundled such as the DHLPPC distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvo, and corona – a dubious cocktail. Others are injected one disease at a time.

To give you an idea as to the schedule of shots your pet will face, refer to the list below:


First vaccination: 6 to 8 weeks
Second vaccination: 9 to 11 weeks
Third vaccination: 12 to 14 weeks
Fourth vaccination: 16 to 17 weeks
Booster shots: 12 months


First vaccination: 14 weeks
Booster shots: 6 months


First vaccination: 16 weeks (varies by state)
Booster shots: 12-36 months


First vaccination: 14 weeks
Second vaccination: 17 weeks
Booster shots: 12 months


First vaccination: 14 weeks
Second vaccination: 17 weeks
Booster shots: 12 months

The video below of Dr. Robb’s full testimony and indeed this entire post is shared simply with the intention of helping you make INFORMED decisions about your pet’s health. All too many pet parents have gone into these decisions blindfolded only to lead to regret.

It does the medical industry little good to see those committee members completely ignoring him by playing on their phones and the pharma rep downplaying with his 34 years of experience and scientific research, but that’s another conversation for another time.

Read also: Little Chihuahua Born With Backward Legs Becomes A Feisty Little Pooch Who Loves To Play

What about you? Do you have a vet who will prioritize your dog’s health?