Puppy Vaccinations

Puppy Vaccinations First Year at All Friends Veterinary Hospital

Do you have a new puppy or are thinking of getting a puppy? Responsible dog owners know that puppy vaccinations first year are necessary to give young puppies an extra layer of protection from a host of issues. Your veterinarian provides both puppy and dog vaccinations in Islip NY to support the well-being of developing and adult dogs. Learn more about the first year of puppy vaccinations needed for optimal health and development.

Puppy getting his vaccination shots.

Why Are Puppy Vaccinations Necessary?

After the birth of a puppy, the animal has a short time where it relies on the immunity given to it by its mother. This soon wears off and as the puppy is still developing its own immune system, it becomes necessary to bolster the puppy’s health with a series of vaccinations. Puppy vaccinations first year of life will be more numerous than in following years but they serve to build a healthy immune system and prevent many common infections and potentially deadly diseases.

When Are Puppy Vaccinations Given?

Puppies may receive their first vaccines during an initial puppy exam, in addition to flea or heartworm prevention. A puppy will need to return a few more times for additional vaccinations and boosters during the first year of life. Schedule an initial visit or exam to ask your veterinarian questions about training issues, core and non-core vaccinations and other concerns.

Follow the Vaccination Schedule for Your Puppy

Proper veterinary care includes puppy vaccinations during their first year. Core and non-core vaccinations are helping to promote a puppy’s optimal health.  

The initial core vaccinations for puppies begin early. Starting At 6-8 weeks of age, Puppies receive their DHPP and Start Heartworm Prevention at 8 weeks. In 10-12 weeks, the DHPP booster is given. At 16 weeks, puppies receive another DHPP booster and a Rabies vaccination.  

Depending on the breed, health and exposure to certain environmental elements, a vet may recommend some optional vaccinations for a puppy. Those looking to potentially board a pet should look to prevent a kennel cough with the Bordetella vaccine. Other optional vaccinations include Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, and Lyme disease.

Puppy & Dog Vaccinations from All Friends Veterinary Hospital

Get high-quality veterinary care and core and non-core vaccinations for your puppy at All Friends Veterinary Hospital. Dr. Louis Reda D.V.M. and the staff are dedicated to serving the routine or emergency care needs of your pet in East Islip, Islip, Oakdale, Brightwaters and Bay Shore. Services at All Friends Veterinary Hospital include wellness exams, vaccinations, pest/parasite control, dental care, diet and nutrition, laser therapy, surgery, emergency/urgent care and grooming.

The team makes every effort to have pets and their owners feel right at home. Contact All Friends Animal Hospital at (631) 277-8700 to schedule an appointment for your puppy vaccination today. 

Exclusive Offer

New patients receive 15% OFF first wellness exam.



  • "I can not say enough about these wonderful people. Dr. Reda is the most compassionate veterinarian I have ever met. My beloved dog passed from cancer, but they were there every step of the way with any questions or concerns, even when they were oh vacation and I was totally distraught about it, they made sure to address my concerns and never made me feel like I was crazy. There should be more people like Dr. Reda and his staff in this business. I am forever grateful for all of you."
    Patricia Schwartz / East Islip, NY
  • "Dr. Reda and his staff are amazing!! Dr. Reda is the most compassionate vet I have ever met. He took wonderful care of a feral cat I brought in today. And Chauntelle was so brave handling this cat..I am so grateful for their expertise and professionalism."
    Jackie S.
  • "I am happy with the veterinarians response to most issues. The staff is kind and caring and they usually see you the day you called. They're always happy to do refills by phone."
    Stephen B.
  • "I had such a good experience when I brought in a feral cat family during a TNR mission that I returned a month later when I adopted two of the kittens. Dr. Reda is simply a wonderful veterinarian. I appreciate his well-informed, holistic approach to treatment. He & his staff take the time to give me plenty of information and answer all my questions, while doing everything they can to minimize any distress and discomfort my cats experienced during the visit. In short, if you are looking for a vet that is highly knowledgeable, accessible, and compassionate, I cannot recommend All Friends highly enough."
  • "Dr. Reda and his staff are so thorough and caring with my dog. I've never had a vet that I really trusted before now that makes me feel like my dog and family's best interests are at heart. Thank you All Friends for making everything easier for my dog and family."
    Michelle T.
  • "Best veterinarian! Very pleasant and wouldn't go anywhere else. Staff is very pleasant too."
    Lynn M.
  • "Had a great experience at All Friends Veterinary today.
    Dr. Reda and his staff quickly diagnosed our Dog's issue. They were very accommodating and compassionate. I would highly recommend his services."
    Steven P.
  • Introducing a New Pet to Your Current Ones

    Pet Proofing Your Home Introducing your new pet to your current one is only a single part of the equation relating to taking a new pet home. You also have to make sure your new pet is comfortable in your home, which is a foreign environment to the animal. Like humans, animals can experience high levels ...

    Read More
  • Why the Controversy About Pet Vaccinations?

    As with anything, pet vaccinations can be too much of a good thing. Similar to parents who are learning more about vaccinations for children, veterinarians and pet owners alike are beginning to question some of the standard wisdom when it comes to protecting pets. There are certain fatal diseases against ...

    Read More
  • What to Do If Your Pet is Stung

    Don't get us wrong, we love the bees! But we don't love when our pets get stung. Follow our tips to treat and prevent bee stings on your furry best friend. ...

    Read More
  • Euthanasia: Saying Goodbye

    It's not easy to say goodbye to cherished pets, even those that have lived long, happy lives. Although you may hate the thought of life without your pet, euthanasia can be the kindest decision you can make when your friend is suffering. Making the Decision If your pet has been seriously injured in a ...

    Read More
  • Tips for Traveling With Your Pet

    Do you dread hitting the road with your pet? These tips may make the trip more comfortable and enjoyable for you both. ...

    Read More
  • 6 Questions to Ask At Your Senior Pet's Next Check Up

    Want to keep your senior pet healthy and happy? Ask these six questions at your pet's next check up. ...

    Read More
  • Managing Pet Allergies in Kids

    Are you concerned that your child's allergies may mean that you will have to give up your pet? Although rehoming a pet may be necessary if allergies are severe, most children can live with pets if you are willing to make a few changes. The Problem About three in 10 people who have allergies are allergic ...

    Read More
  • Pet Clothes: A Fashion Statement or a Necessity?

    There is nothing cuter than a pet in a colorful sweater, but do our furry friends really need to wear clothing? Although clothing is not a necessity for every pet, some animals benefit from a little extra protection during cold or damp days. Others enjoy wearing festive clothing during holidays or other ...

    Read More
  • Is a Wet Nose a Sign of a Healthy Pet?

    Have you ever heard that a wet nose is a sign that your pet is healthy? Although that's often the case, it's not always true. A moist nose can benefit your pet in several ways, but it doesn't necessarily guarantee good health. How Does a Wet Nose Help My Pet? Have you ever been woken at 5 a.m. by a cold, ...

    Read More
  • Put Some Teeth Into Your Pet’s Dental Care

    According to the American Animal Hospital Association, nearly two-thirds of pets suffer from dental problems because their owners do not provide dental care for them. Imagine what would happen to your own teeth if they were never brushed or examined by a dentist. The same thing can happen with your pet’s ...

    Read More

Newsletter Sign Up