How Soon Do Puppies Need Rabies Shots?

By Catherine Lovering

Responsible pet owners ensure their furry loved ones are up to date on vaccinations, which are essential for fending off disease. The American Animal Hospital Association calls rabies vaccine a "core" vaccine for canines and recommends it for dogs of all breeds, and it's commonly required by law. Get your new family members vaccinated as early as a few weeks of age.

Rabies Vaccination Schedule

According to the ASPCA, a puppy with a healthy mother can get his first round of core vaccinations at 6 to 8 weeks of age -- followed by second and third rounds at three- to four-week intervals. The last round should be administered when the puppy reaches 16 weeks of age.

By Catherine Lovering


About the Author
Catherine Lovering has written about business, tax, careers and pets since 2006. Lovering holds a B.A. (political science), LL.B. (law) and LL.L. (civil law).