When you bring home a new puppy, it is important to know how many parvo shots they might need. Parvo is a highly contagious virus that can be deadly for your dog if they are not vaccinated against the disease. The first step in figuring out how many vaccinations your puppy needs is determining their age in months.

If your pup is between 8 and 12 weeks old, then he or she will need three parvovirus shots. Puppies who are 6 to 8 weeks old should receive two injections of the vaccine while puppies 4 to 6 weeks old will get one shot.

Once your puppy turns three months old, he or she has immunity from the virus and you will not need to vaccinate them again.

First Dose

The first dose is given at between six and eight weeks of age. After receiving the first dose, your puppy will have immunity to the virus for six months.

Second Dose (Booster Shot)

The second dose comes between two and three weeks after the first shot, with a third vaccine coming at least four weeks later from that point. The second dose is given at between four and six months old, depending on the puppy’s weight. The third dose is given when they are three months old or older.

Third Dose

If your pup turns nine months old before receiving their third parvo vaccine then he or she will need to get it as soon as possible in order to remain protected from this highly contagious disease. You should be able to have a vet tell you how many shots your pup needs by looking at his or her vaccination records but if not, just call them up and ask!

After receiving all three shots, your puppy will have immunity to parvo for one year from his or her last vaccination date. The length of time that your pup remains immune depends on how many times he or she was vaccinated against this disease in their lifetime as well as how old they are when they get them.

Does Your Puppy Need All 3 Shots?

Your puppy will need to have all three shots in order to remain protected from parvo for one year. The first two should be administered before your pup turns nine months old and the third is needed after that day. If you’re not sure how many shots they’ve had, just call up your vet!

If Your Puppy Is Older Than One Year Old…

A dog older than one year has probably already been vaccinated against parvo and his or her vaccinations are long-lasting so there’s no reason to worry about it again until next time he or she goes in for a booster shot.

Are You Legally Required to Get The Parvovirus Vaccine?

Yes, all dogs owners in the United States are legally required to have their pets vaccinated against parvo. This includes puppies that are taken out of state even if they weren’t born and bred here as well as those adopted from shelters or rescue groups – unless there is a note stating otherwise by the veterinarian who administered them.

The only exception is animals too young to be vaccinated (less than six months old). Generally speaking, this doesn’t need any discussion because dog vaccinations should take place when your puppy reaches five-to-six weeks old but it can vary depending on where you live so please contact your vet for more information!

Where Can You Get Parvo Shots For Your Dog?

There are a few options for you to consider. Your vet’s office is the first place that usually comes to mind and it may be your most convenient option if they offer parvo vaccinations. But as long as they have them in stock, pet stores also sell vaccines against this disease! So do some of the big-box pet food retailers who carry other products like bags or cat litter (so make sure you know what store has which!).

Lastly, there’s always animal shelters – but keep in mind these might not carry many dog supplies so call ahead before heading out on errands!

What Could Happen if You Don’t Get The Parvovirus Vaccine?

Death. The virus is fatal and can be transmitted to your puppy through contact with infected feces, urine or vomit. At its worst this disease will attack the intestinal lining which leads to severe vomiting, bloody diarrhea, dehydration and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis as well as inflammation of the liver (hepatitis) – all without a cure!

Possible Symptoms of Parvovirus: pale mucous membranes, lethargy, shock from low blood pressure due to oxidation in blood cells that has spilled over into body fluids like stomach acid and bile salts), abdominal pain; fearfulness/agitation; fever (103° F); loss of appetite.

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