Puppy Tips: Save on Vaccinations

14 Jan
Puppy01 (1)  Photograph by James Horecka and developer of Puppy Mover Monorail

Blog written by Kathleen Heady


I know you just got your new puppy…your excited and want to make sure he/she gets the best care possible. Now before you go out spending a ton of money at your local vets office for vaccinations, I want to share some tips on how you can save money and vaccinate your puppy yourself. Also, remember to schedule your puppy’s first health & wellness check-up with your vet as soon as possible so the vet can meet and become familiar with your new pup and schedule his/hers rabies shots between 4 to 6 months. Here’s the rundown on the average vaccination cost and the difference in savings by doing it yourself.

Average DHPP Vaccination Cost:

Vet vaccinations =$20  per shot                   Total cost: $60
DIY vaccinations= $6  per shot                    Total cost: $18

Total Savings = $42


What is DHPP vaccine?

It is a series of three vaccinations that is given to your puppy over a 12 week course to prevent your puppy from dangerous diseases such as canine distemper, infectious hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus infection. For more information visit: ASPCA-dog-care-vaccinations

Where to get the vaccines?

Go to your local farm & feed store  and ask for puppy vaccination shots DHPP. 

How to give shots yourself?

Be sure to insert the vaccine shots every 4 weeks. Click here to watch the youtube video on how to insert the vaccine to your puppy.

When to start shots?

If your new puppy is younger than 6 weeks old than most likely he/she has not been given their first shot yet. Wait until 6-8 weeks to insert their first DHPP vaccination shot. Here’s the timeline on when to give the vaccines to puppy:

  • 1st shot: 6-8 weeks
  • 2nd shot: 10-12 weeks
  • 3rd shot: 12-16 weeks



  • Do not take or surround your new puppy around other dogs or public places until your new pup has been given all three shots or at least his/her second set of shots.
  • Why? Other dogs  may not have their vaccinations or annual boosters for vaccinations and may carry certain diseases like parvo, parainfluenza, canine distemper or hepatitis that could harm your new puppy.
  • Also public places even your front yard where other dogs may walk daily, could pose health risk to your new pup  if he/she comes into contact with any feces before being fully vaccinated.
  • This could cost you a large bill with your vet if your puppy gets sick.
  • Be careful and please wait to take your new puppy to the park or social training classes until they are at least 16 weeks of age and have had all three vaccination shots for optimal health and illness prevention.


Most Important Have Fun with your Puppy 🙂


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