DHLPP Vaccine For Dogs - Uses & Side Effects

María Besteiros
By María Besteiros, Expert veterinary assistant and canine/feline hairdresser.. July 31, 2019
DHLPP Vaccine For Dogs - Uses & Side Effects

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The DHLPP vaccine for dogs is gaining more and more popularity over time, but what does it contain and what is it for? The DHLPP vaccination is a dog vaccination made up of five components which fight against; canine distemper, infectious hepatitis, canine parainfluenza virus and parvovirus. It is incredibly important that you maintain a proper dog vaccination schedule according to recommendations by your veterinarian.

Educating yourself about these vaccination is also key. Therefore, for more about the uses and side effects of the DHLPP dog vaccine, keep reading here at AnimalWised.


  1. Vaccinations for dogs
  2. What does DHLPP vaccine stand for?
  3. DHLPP vaccine for dogs: what is it
  4. DHLPP vaccine for dogs: administration
  5. DHLPP vaccine cost
  6. DHLPP vaccine side effects
  7. Which dog vaccinations are absolutely necessary?

Vaccinations for dogs

To begin with, we must explain what vaccines for dogs are and what they are used for. Vaccinations for dogs are pharmacological preparations of variable compositions that are used to stimulate a dog’s immune system. Each vaccine aims to stimulate, in a controlled way, a canine disease, which allows the animal to create necessary defenses against it.

Therefore, if at any time a dog contracts a pathology naturally, their body can immediately eliminate this pathogen or, at least, the disease will occur more mildly. Diseases for which canines vaccines exist are usually very serious and contagious. If these diseases or viruses make contact with an unvaccinated dog, it is unlikely that they will have enough time to generate the necessary defenses. The risk of death therefore increases, hence the importance of vaccinating your dog.

A dog’s first vaccine is given between 6-8 weeks of life, specifically applied to protect a puppy against viruses or diseases carried by the mother. A veterinarian will decide, depending on the immune status and circumstances of the puppy, the appropriate date of this first injection. Vaccinations for puppies are usually numerous, making sure that the puppy receives maximum protection.

Canine vaccines may contain fragments of viruses, inactivated viruses or recombinant DNA. They are also classified according to the amount of diseases with which they protect against. For example, there are monovalent and bivalent vaccines, which defend against one or two pathologies. Trivalent vaccines for dogs and tetravalent vaccines for dogs are, however, more common. A polycalent vaccine for dogs is the highest acting vaccine type, which offers the ability to fight against more than four pathogens.

Keep reading to discover the ingredients, uses and side effects of the DHLPP vaccination.

DHLPP Vaccine For Dogs - Uses & Side Effects - Vaccinations for dogs

What does DHLPP vaccine stand for?

This vaccine, known by the acronym DHPPL, acts against five diseases:

For more, we recommend reading our article where we discuss vaccination schedule for puppies and dogs.

DHLPP vaccine for dogs: what is it

The DHLPP vaccine will stimulate a dog’s immune system so that it can react quickly if the dog contracts any of the diseases its meant to prevent. Therefore, the main function of vaccines is not to cure diseases, but to prevent their occurrence. Like any drug, it is impossible for these vaccines to offer full protection, but they have shown high efficacy. To ensure these vaccinations function properly, we must know that its effects do not last throughout a dog's life, so it is necessary to re-vaccinate periodically. Additionally, these vaccinations should always be administered by a veterinarian.

DHLPP vaccine for dogs: administration

This DHLPP vaccine for dogs is administered by subcutaneous injection, under the skin, in the area of at the cross. Vaccination must only be performed by a professional and always after previously examining the dog, since situations such as internal parasites, pregnancy, some treatments and/or other diseases can be reason enough to postpone inoculation.

DHLPP Vaccine For Dogs - Uses & Side Effects - DHLPP vaccine for dogs: administration

DHLPP vaccine cost

Vaccines can only be purchased, managed and administered by veterinarians. Therefore, the prices of the vaccines are determined by the Veterinary College of each area and usually include consultation and prior review of the animal.

This price of a DHLPP vaccine generally varies between 30-40 euros and/or 15-20 $.

Incorrect storage, handling or application without a prior review of the dog can affect the vaccine’s effectiveness.

DHLPP vaccine side effects

Reactions or side effects of the DHLPP vaccine for dogs (or any other vaccine) are usually limited to slight discomfort on the same day of application or a small inflammation at the point of inoculation. Only in very rare cases could an allergic reaction be triggered, which could be potentially serious.

For more read about anaphylactic shock in dogs.

Which dog vaccinations are absolutely necessary?

The mandatory DHLPP vaccine for dogs or any other, will depend on the legislation of where you live.

Therefore, we recommend consulting your veterinarian to find out which vaccines are mandatory in your area. In addition, if you’re travelling with your dog, we recommend looking up th elegislature and vaccinations rules of the area you are going to. But regardless of legislation, your veterinarian, adapting to the vital circumstances of your dog, can recommend vaccines he/she considers essential, and form the most appropriate schedule to protect your dog effectively.

DHLPP Vaccine For Dogs - Uses & Side Effects - Which dog vaccinations are absolutely necessary?

This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.

If you want to read similar articles to DHLPP Vaccine For Dogs - Uses & Side Effects, we recommend you visit our Vaccination category.

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Who makes the DHLPP vaccines?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Colleen, there are various pharmaceutical manufacturers.
I took my happy healthy playful puppy in for his first puppy shot he is 8 weeks old .. He has been laying down panting and now has lost mobility in his back right leg he was outside playing with me and the leg just quit working ??? Now my happy healthy puppy is lethargic and depressed
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Tammy,

It could be a temporary reaction, but if you have any doubts, you should always contact the vet. It could be a rear-end paralysis which is associated with some rabies vaccines as an unlikely side-effect. This usually clears up, but it's best to speak to the vet just in case.
Susan Bonnici
After receiving this 3 year booster, my 14 year old has mobility problems. He panted, and walked around the house all day for 2 days. He was unable to jump up on couch, and had difficulty getting up and lying down. He was fine before the vaccine and walked 1 mile on the morning of the day of his appointment. . . He had a very mild arthritis. The vet prescribed Dasuquinn and a 2 day supply of Rimadyl. He seemed somewhat better today, but still not himself.
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi Susan,

Your dog is 14 which is considered old age in dogs. It is amazing they have been able to share so much time with you in good health, but they will simply start to deteriorate as they get older, especially with muscles, bones and joints. The vaccination is very unlikely to have had anything to do with this issue.
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