Caring for Your Sheltie's Health

Take care of your Shetland Sheepdog's health with these tips on grooming, diet, exercise, oral health, genetic disorders, de-sexing, and vaccinations.

Shelties: The Complete Pet Owner's Guide

What Vaccines Do Shelties Need?

Puppies get their first vaccinations at 6-8 weeks. If you buy a Shetland Sheepdog puppy, take him to the vet on the following schedule to build up robust protection against common infectious diseases:

Age Essential Vaccines Optional Vaccines
6-8 weeks Distemper, Parvovirus Bordetella
10-12 weeks DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus) Influenza, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme Disease
16-18 weeks DHPP, Rabies Influenza, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme Disease
12-16 months DHPP, Rabies Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme Disease
Every 1-2 years DHPP, Rabies Coronavirus, Influenza, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, Lyme Disease

Source: AKC Guide to Puppy Vaccinations

Whether you rescue a Sheltie or buy a Sheltie puppy, make sure you register her with your vet and sign up for reminders when her next vaccinations are due.

Rebecca Casale, Creator of Sheltie Planet

Rebecca Casale is the creator of Sheltie Planet. She has two goofball kids and lives in Auckland, New Zealand. Meet her furballs Howard and Piper, download her guide to Shelties, and check out her other website Science Me.

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