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What your pup got is the first DHPP (Distemper , Hepatitis, Parainfluenze, Parvo). The 2011 vaccines guidelines for puppies ask for three vaccinations spaced out 3 or 4 weeks apart. So, according to this he needs another round of the same at 12 weeks and 16 weeks. The last recommended booster for that particular combination is one year after the vaccination in the series. After that, every three years for DHPP.
Rabies, in the US, is done at different ages according to either state law or local law. I need to check what Toronto's law requires before I can tell you when he would need that in you particular case.
Other vaccines are considered non-core. This means that they are given on an as-needed basis according to where the dog lives, the dogs' activities, and the owner's lifestyle. In my particular case, I choose to give Bordatella because I may need my dogs to be boarded from one day to the next in an emergency. While I am aware that the Bordatella vaccine does not protect 100% no boarding place will take the dogs without it. If it is given ahead of boarding time, the chances my dogs contract kennel cough while boarded is reduced. If is is given on boarding day, it is useless since it takes about 10 days for immunity to develop.
In short, you need two rounds of DHPP between now and 16 weeks, rabies as prescribed by law, other vaccines are subject to a discussion between you and your vet.
Cost : DHPP with physical exam at my vet was USD 62 in October 2012 (CAN dollar is roughly the same). It is my understanding that vet costs in larger cities may be higher.
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