Dog Vaccination: Requirement, Schedule and Cost

Dog Vaccination: Requirement, Schedule and Cost

Puppies are soft, sweet-smelling little ball of a happiness and when you welcome one into your family you know in back of your mind that he depends on you for healthiest dog food, ample attention, gentle training, dog safe toys, proper socialization with family member/ friends and other pets, and suitable veterinary care. One of the other key responsibilities of any pet parent is making sure that their pooch remains healthy, for which timely vaccination plays an important part.

Vaccination not only ensures a healthy and productive living for your pooch but they are also an efficient tool to prevent the spread of potentially severe canine diseases. Additionally, dog vaccination is also vital to keep you and your family members safe from some of the diseases, which can be transmitted from dogs to humans.

Dog Vaccination- Requirement, Schedule and Cost

Disease prevented by dog vaccination

Dog vaccination can be categorized into core and non-core vaccines. The core vaccines are essential for every dog as these would shield your dog from diseases that are very widespread among the canines and can be easily transferred from one dog to another. The most common canine diseases like rabies, parvovirus, hepatitis, adenovirus and distemper can be prevented by the use of core vaccines.

The second category of vaccines is termed as non-core vaccines and is used to protect the dog from diseases like kennel cough, Lyme diseases, and leptospirosis. These canine diseases are associated with the daily lifestyle or environmental exposures of the dog.


Rabies is one of the highly fatal and transmittable diseases which can be equally dangerous to humans as it is for dogs. The disease remains incurable up to this date as it has capability to fight off antibodies and antigens. Rabies vaccination is one of the most dependable choices for many dog owners and their dogs. Some of the symptoms of rabies are headache, anxiety, hallucinations, too much drooling, fear of water, paralysis, and death.

Canine Distemper:

Canine distemper is a one of the devastating disease that wrecks the dog’s nervous system and also attacking respiratory system and digestive tract. Canine distemper can lead to permanent and devastating effects like impaired hearing, paralysis, distorted capability to smell and sight.

Canine Hepatitis:

It is the disease of the liver caused by canine adenovirus and its severe form can kill the dog. Your dog can catch hepatitis if he comes in direct contact with an infected dog or from unhygienic dog cages, dishes, boots, etc. The disease symptoms can be vomiting, jaundice, stomach enlargement, and pain around the liver.


‘Parvo’ is one of the highly contagious diseases found in dogs which attacks the gastrointestinal (GI) system and creates loss of appetite, vomiting, fever, and often severe diarrhea with blood. Parvo can be transmitted through hands, clothes, and most possibly by rodents and insects, it is almost impossible to have a kennel unexposed to the disease. The disease can lead to severe dehydration among dogs, and can kill a dog within 48 to 72 hours.

Canine Parainfluenza:

It is one of the several viruses that can lead to kennel cough in which a canine can have dry but frequent cough followed by retching.  The symptoms also include lethargy, fever, lack of appetite, pneumonia, and in some cases death.


The disease is caused by bacteria, and the symptoms include fever, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, severe weakness and lethargy, stiffness, muscle pain, or infertility.

Dog Vaccination- Requirement, Schedule and Cost

Dog Vaccination Schedule

Vaccinations can protect your furry friend from various life-threatening diseases illnesses. So, it is advisable to get your puppy fully vaccinated before he first sets paw outside in the wider world. Below is the dog vaccination chart generally accepted in India for your reference.
Diseases NamePrimary Vaccination TimelineSecondary Vaccination TimelineRe-Vaccination Timeline
Canine Distemper
Canine Hepatitis
Parvo Virus Infection
Canine Parainfluenza
Corona Viral Enteritis

Age of puppy: 6 weeks

2-3 weeks after primary vaccination

RabiesAge of Puppy: 3 months3 months after primary vaccinationAnnually

Opinions may differ over the requirement of some dog vaccinations and the frequency for vaccinating your dog. Consult your nearest veterinarian regarding your dog’s vaccinations.

Dog Vaccination Cost in India:

The cost of dog vaccination depends on several factors and there can be significant differences in price from place to place. For example, where you live is one important factor; veterinarians in populous and expensive urban areas like Delhi, Mumbai and other Tier 1 cities will charge more than a veterinarian from Tier 2 or Tier 3 city. Also, the market price from different manufacturers is different. The price range of DHPP (Seven–in–one) is INR 160- 230 (as on May 2017) while for rabies it ranges from INR 80-130 per dose.

Tell us your experience when you get your dog vaccinated in the comments!

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  • Thi Hunting

    Posted on Jan 08, 2019 at 08:46 am

    Thanks for sharing

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