How much do puppy shots cost?
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How much do puppy shots cost?

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Puppies require a variety of vaccinations to protect them from illness and deadly diseases. Pet Kept Secrets explains that the average puppy has approximately three rounds of vaccinations before the age of 16 weeks, and each vaccination has its own cost.

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CostHelper estimates that the required series of three to four parvovirus and distemper combination vaccinations costs $60 to $120. Bordatella shots are optional and cost approximately $40 for both the first shot and a booster. A once yearly rabies vaccination typically costs between $15 and $35. These estimates only include the vaccinations themselves. A puppy's owner must also pay for regular exams, deworming, fecal tests and other routine health check-up costs.

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    How often do dogs need distemper shots?

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    Rather than give a puppy a large dose of a vaccine, distemper vaccines are given in a series of shots that are recommended to be given at 6, 9, 12 and 16 weeks old. Re-vaccinations should be given at 1 year old and then every three years after that.

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    When do puppies get their first shots?

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    Can a dog get parvo if he had his shots?

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    The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals acknowledges that dogs that have not finished their multiple-injection series of parvo vaccines are susceptible to the virus. Puppies must be vaccinated between six and eight weeks, at 16 to 20 weeks and then again after a year.

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