West Coast German Shepherds

Vaccination Recommendations




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The following vaccination protocol is what is recommended by the University of California Davis Veterinary School of Medicine in Davis, California.

This is the Vaccination protocol that we implement and follow here at West Coast German Shepherds.







The medical merit of routine annual boosters for common puppyhood diseases is being questioned, as is the practice of vaccinating for diseases that pose little, if any, risk to the animal being immunized. Because vaccination is a medical and not economic procedure, we recommend that vaccines be administered according to medical criteria including morbidity/mortality for the particular disease, risk of the infection, and life-style and age of the animal. The most important vaccinations are for puppyhood diseases, and then the 3-year boosters.

The first puppy vaccines, as well as routine three-year boosters, should be administered in conjunction with a thorough wellness examination. The purposes of these in-depth examinations are to detect existing or potential health problems and to discuss any questions the owner might have regarding the well-being, care and management of the animal.

   Vaccination Schedule



6-9 weeks


9-12 weeks


12-16 weeks


16 weeks Rabies
1 YR. Booster


Booster Every 3 Years Throughout Life


1) Puppies should receive DA2P and CPV at 3-4 week intervals ending at about 16 weeks of age. Vaccination of puppies under 6 weeks of age is not recommended. Adult dogs ( > 6 months old) with no known vaccination history should receive one injection of DA2P and CPV regardless of age.

The above vaccination schedules for puppies as well as for adult dogs should be followed by a DA2PL* and CPV booster one year later, then a DA2PL* and CPV booster every 3 years throughout life.  

* Leptospirosis vaccine (canine)

Vaccine: Killed or subunit against L. pomona and L. grippothyphosa
Application: To all dogs at risk of disease, i.e., dogs allowed to roam free in wet areas known to be inhabited by wildlife or livestock and dogs exposed to rodent urine (possibly in a home).
Vaccine regime:

Puppies - Two doses, at 3-4 week intervals between 10-16 weeks of age, in conjunction with other vaccinations. Booster at one year and at three year intervals thereafter, until determined otherwise. Adults (unvaccinated or unknown vaccine status) - Two doses at 3 to 4 week intervals with other vaccines. Thereafter, same as routinely vaccinated dogs.
Until further information is available, we are no longer recommending the routine use of leptospirosis vaccines containing L. canicola and L. icterohaemorrhagiae.

1.      Puppies should receive Rabies vaccine at 16 weeks of age, and a Rabies vaccine booster 1 year later. Following this booster, the law requires re-vaccine every 3 years. Adult dogs with no known vaccination history should be vaccinated as for puppies (i.e., one shot followed by a booster in 1 year).

  B. Canine vaccines:







Canine Distemper

Modified Live Virus



Adenovirus type-2

Modified Live Virus




Modified Live Virus




Killed or Subunit



Canine Parvovirus

Modified Live Virus



Canine Parvovirus

Modified Live Virus





1.      Measles vaccine - There is no convincing evidence that the use of Measles virus-containing vaccine provides any better immunity than distemper virus vaccine alone in puppies greater than 6 weeks of age. Therefore, we do not stock or preferentially recommend Measles virus-containing vaccine. Measles vaccine may be beneficial in helping to stop outbreaks of distemper in kennels when used as a single injection on puppies less than 6 weeks of age.  

Note: Routine vaccination of household dogs for Lyme Disease, Giardia, Coronavirus, and Bordetella is not recommended.

1.      Lyme Disease vaccine - Lyme Disease is not a proven problem in California, therefore, most dogs are at low risk. However, Lyme in dogs can occasionally cause arthritis, nephritis, and other mild to severe disease. Vaccine reaction problems occur occasionally and may outweigh health benefits.We do not stock Lyme Disease vaccine.

2.      Coronavirus vaccine - There is no scientific evidence that this disease is a significant problem in household dogs. It is mainly a problem when large numbers of dogs are brought together under heavy stress (i.e., in shows or kennel situations). We recommend use of this vaccine only in situations in which dogs may be at risk of infection and disease. We do not stock Coronavirus vaccine.

3.      Bordetella Bronchiseptica (kennel cough) vaccine - Use only in kennel situations where a problem exists. One dose (of MLV vaccine) gives protection in 2-7 days. Vaccination with this vaccine may be a boarding requirement in some kennels. The VMTH stocks this vaccine only in combination with Canine Parainfluenza. This vaccine must be administered intranasally, 0.4 ml instilled in one nostril.

4.      Giardia vaccine - Giardiasis is a common infection in dogs. However, may infected dogs are asymptomatic, and the vaccine has low to moderate efficacy. For these reasons, routine vaccination for Giardia is not recommended at this time.