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Worms and Shots: Your guide to Pet Vaccination and Deworming

By :Ananya Hebbar 0 comments
Worms and Shots: Your guide to Pet Vaccination and Deworming

Turning “Fetch” into “Fetched Immunity” has its wide celebrated importance in keeping your furry partners-in-crime on their toes. Let’s understand why. 

Zoonoses, those sneaky diseases that can jump from animals to humans, are a bit like unexpected party crashers when it comes to street dogs. You inadvertently bring home an unwanted souvenir from that cute but stray pup you met on the corner. Whether it's a pesky parasite, a bacteria buddy, or a viral villain, street dogs can carry all sorts of germs that humans and pets definitely don't want as party guests in their bodies. So, to keep the home free from these uninvited troublemakers, it's all about practicing good hygiene, avoiding too much cuddle time with strays, and making sure your own furry pals are up-to-date on their vaccinations and deworming.

Even though your furry friend may spend most of their time lounging indoors, it's important to remember that parasites can still find their way into their cozy abode. Regular deworming is like giving your pet's health a thorough spring cleaning, ensuring they stay happy and healthy from the inside out and preserving your pet's vitality.

Just like humans need their shots to stay strong and healthy, our pets rely on vaccinations to keep them chasing their tails for years to come. These tiny doses of protection pack a powerful punch against a rogues' gallery of nasties like rabies, distemper, and parvovirus. So, a well-timed vaccination can certainly help them conquer enemies lurking in the air. 

Every pet is unique, and their deworming and vaccination needs may vary based on factors like age, lifestyle, and overall health. Designing a vaccination and deworming plan that's tailored to their specific needs and ensuring they receive the right level of protection is of utmost importance. 

Here's a specialized Vaccination and Deworming guide customized for those residing in India. 

In adherence to a comprehensive vaccination schedule, the administration of vaccines for canine health follows a strategic timeline aligned with the age and developmental stages of the dog.


Core Vaccines: 


  • At 6-8 weeks of age, the DHPPi (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus) vaccine, combined with protection against Leptospirosis, is administered, constituting the primary immunization phase.

  • This regimen is reiterated at 8-10 weeks and 10-12 weeks of age, referred to as the first and second booster doses, respectively, to reinforce the initial immunity.

  • At 12 weeks, the Rabies vaccine is introduced to the regimen, followed by a booster at 16 weeks.

  • Subsequently, an annual vaccination protocol is established, encompassing DHPPi + Leptospirosis and Rabies vaccinations to ensure sustained protection against prevalent diseases and maintain canine health throughout their lives.


Vaccine name

Age of the dog

Age of the dog in (weeks/months)

DHPPi + Leptospirosis

45 days

6-8 weeks

DHPPi + Leptospirosis First Booster

66 days

8-10 weeks

DHPPi + Leptospirosis Second Booster

87 days

10-12 weeks


90 days

12 weeks

Rabies Booster

111 days

16 weeks

DHPPi + Leptospirosis

Annual vaccination

Annual vaccination


Annual vaccination

Annual vaccination


Optional Vaccines: 


  • Puppy DP vaccine needs to be  administered at 4 weeks to provide protection against common canine diseases.

  •  At 6 weeks, the first Kennel cough vaccine is introduced, followed by a booster at 8 weeks to strengthen immunity. 

  • Additionally, at 9 weeks, a booster shot for Canine Coronavirus is given to maintain protection against this viral infection. 

  • The vaccination regimen continues with a second Kennel cough booster at 11 weeks and an annual booster for Canine Coronavirus at 12 weeks. 

  • Furthermore, annual vaccinations, including Kennel cough booster shots, are recommended to ensure ongoing protection against prevalent diseases.

Optional Vaccine

Age of the dog

Age of the dog in (weeks/months)

Puppy DP

30 days

4 weeks

Canine Coronavirus

60 days

8 weeks

Kennel cough

Can be started as early as at 6 weeks of age

6 weeks

Kennel cough first booster

3 weeks after 1st vaccine

9 weeks

Canine Coronavirus booster

3 weeks after 1st vaccine

11 weeks

Kennel cough second booster

3 weeks after previous one

12 weeks

Canine Coronavirus Annual Booster

Annual vaccination

Annual vaccination

Kennel cough Annual booster

Annual vaccination

Annual vaccination




The frequency of deworming sessions varies throughout different stages of a dog's life. The dosage of deworming depends on your pet's weight. So, make sure to check their weight and administer the correct dose each time. 

  • For puppies up to 3 months old, deworming is recommended fortnightly, every two weeks, to combat the potential transmission of parasites inherited from their mothers. 

  • As they grow from 3 to 6 months old, the schedule shifts to monthly deworming to address their evolving needs. 

  • Once a dog reaches 6 months and beyond, deworming typically occurs every three months. However, this frequency can be influenced by the individual dog's lifestyle and interaction with other dogs. Those with frequent contact with other animals or residing in areas prone to parasites may require more frequent deworming to ensure optimal health and protection against worms.

Age of the dog


Upto 3 months

Fortnightly ( every 2 weeks )

3 - 6 months old

Every month

6 months onwards

Every 3 months

Nothing beats the peace of mind that comes with knowing you're doing everything you can to keep your beloved companion in the pink of health. With regular deworming, you can rest easy knowing that you're giving your pet the best possible defense against those unwanted hitchhikers. Remember, a little prevention goes a long way in keeping your indoor pet healthy, happy, and ready to pounce on life's adventures – whether they're exploring the great indoors or simply soaking up the sun by the window. A healthy pet is indeed a happy pet! 



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