Puppy Vaccinations: Your Albuquerque Guide to Puppy Shots

Dog vaccinations
Dog vaccinations

Getting a puppy is the best!! I am sure you already have a collar, and your food and water bowl, probably a few chew toys, and hopefully a few puppy pads. It is important to have all of these things, but just as important is making sure your new puppy has all her shots

When puppies are in their first year of life, they need more shots than any other time in their life. This is because you are setting them up for a lifetime of health in these first few months. After your first big round, then it becomes an issue of yearly maintenance, but these first vaccinations are very important. 

What Vaccinations Does My Puppy Need?

The puppy booster is known as DAHPP (Distemper, Adenovirus 1&2, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus). These are the basic ones but there are also a few that you will want to throw in for good measure. 

Bordetella Bronchiseptica: aka. Kennel Cough

Kennel cough is a highly infectious bacteria that is incredibly uncomfortable for you dogs and can lead to some sever complications such as seizures and possibly death. Most kennels and dog parks will not allow your dog to come unless they have been given their Bordetella vaccine, though this is not a part of the booster and is not mandatory.

Canine Distemper

Distemper is a highly contagious disease that attacks their respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous system. It is not only found in dogs. It can be found in raccoons, skunks, and other animals. Of course, Albuquerque has a lot of raccoons and skunks so even if your dog is not around any other dog, they are still at risk of exposure. The disease is airborne, as well as passed on through water bowls, shared food, and toys. This disease in incurable and has many severe symptoms, including death. It is included in the puppy booster. 

Canine Hepatitis

Hepatitis is a highly contagious viral infections. It affects the liver, kidneys, spleen, lungs and eyes. Though many dogs can survive the symptoms of the mild form of the disease, the severe form can kill them. There is no cure, your Albuquerque veterinarian will only be able to treat the symptoms.  This is not the same kind of Hepatitis that is found in humans and cannot be transmitted to people. This is in the puppy booster. 

Canine Parainfluenza

Parainfluenza is a virus that can contribute to developing kennel cough. This is part of the puppy booster. 


Adenovirus Type 1 and 2

This is an infectious disease that affects the respiratory system. Type 1 can affect your dog on a system level, meaning their whole body, while type 2 is limited to their respiratory system. This is an other disease that can lead to kennel cough. Though it typically only lasts up to 10 days, and is self treating, it can also lead to pneumonia.  This is included in the puppy booster.


Rabies is included part of the first set of shots and is mandatory. Rabies is incurable and only fully diagnosable after your pet has died. It is passed through an infected animals saliva, and most typically through a bite. Rabies can be transmitted to humans from animals. 

Albuquerque Dog Vaccine Schedule
Recommended puppy vaccination schedule

Vetco prides itself on offer the lowest cost vaccination at our daily walk-in shot clinic from 2:30 to 5 during the week, and 1-4 on Saturday. You do not need an appointment, just bring your puppy and get their vaccines. You can save even more money on your shots by visiting our veterinary promotions page.

Starting your puppy with their shots is vital to a long a healthy life. If you have questions or concerns about vaccinating your dog, please ask the Vetco veterinarians. Remember, shots are not just a good idea, they are the law.

Hot Dog! Can I Leave My Dog In The Car With The Window Cracked?

heatstroke pets albuquerque
heatstroke pets albuquerque

Most dog owners know that you should not leave your dog in the car when it is hot, but what if you leave your window cracked? It is super hot in Albuquerque in the summer. How many times have you gotten into your car and burned your legs on the seat or even felt dizzy because the air was so hot. The temperature in your car can become dangerous in a surprisingly short amount of time. The big question people have is, “What if I leave my window cracked?” 

The simple answer is NEVER leave your pet in a car…period. Cracking the window is not enough to keep it cool. Parking in the shade is not enough to keep it cool. Putting up a sun visor is not enough to keep it cool. If you think you may go somewhere that you have to leave your dog in the car, then you should leave your dog at home. 

Did you know that it is illegal to leave your dog in a hot car in Albuquerque? It is! It is a 4th degree felony which means possible jail time. 

Open Windows Won’t Cool Down Your Car Enough

Opening a window may help break the heat a little bit, but a cracked window does not cool down your car enough to be safe for your dog. According to the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), cracking a window has very little positive effect on your car and the car will heat up at almost exactly the same rate as a car with the windows rolled up. 

What Counts As A Hot Day?

The inside of a parked car can reach 100 degrees in 20 minutes on a day that is only 70 degrees outside. On a hot day, the temperature inside your car can reach over 140 degrees in less than an hour. 

There is no temperature that is “just right” for leaving your dog in the car. 

Can My Dog Die In The Car?

YES! Yes, your dog can die of heat stroke if left in the car. All dogs are affected, some breeds such as Pugs and Bulldogs, are affected faster than others. Dogs with short skulls tend to be highly heat intolerant and overheat much faster than other breeds. 

What to Do If You See A Dog Locked In A Car

It is legal in Albuquerque to break the window of a car if you see a dog locked inside that appears distressed.  If you see a dog in distress in a hot car, call 911 to report it. The police, or animal control, are pretty quick at getting the animal out. If it is taking too long, you are free to try to break their window to let the dog out. You should immediately call the vet and bring them into the nearest Albuquerque veterinary clinic for an emergency evaluation. 







Happy 4th of July

As a reminder our clinics will be closed today for the holiday. Have a safe and happy 4th of July!