Puppies Age: Veterinary Visit to Include: Things to Consider: 6-10 Weeks A baseline physical examination, including: 1. Fecal Examination 2. First Vaccinations for core vaccines: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (DHPP)Ask your veterinarian if the following non-core vaccinations are necessary: 1. Bordetella (Canine Cough Complex) 2. Corona Virus (DHLPPC) 3. Leptospirosis Non-Vaccine Considerations include flea/tick/heart worm preventatives. Important: Try to limit exposure to public places and other dogs until the 16-week core vaccination schedule is complete.
Important for first year: 1. Be prepared to give your puppies history (birth date, any vaccinations already received) 2. Discuss vaccinations with your veterinarian and establish vaccination schedule : Core vaccinations are those vaccinations required by law or needed by all puppies. Non-Core vaccinations are optional depending on your veterinarian's recommendation and your pet's lifestyle. 3. Discuss puppie spaying/neutering options with your veterinarian; schedule procedure if possible. 4. Discuss puppie training classes (cost, location, etc.) and begin classes once puppie has completed the core vaccination schedule (usually at 16 weeks) 5. Find out the clinic's hours, emergency clinic number, etc. You may want to drive to the emergency clinic to become familiar with its location. 6. Discuss appropriate flea, tick, heartworm and other parasite preventatives and the appropriate application/administration intervals. 10-12 Weeks Veterinary visit for vaccinations:
1. Second vaccination / booster for DHPP 2. Rabies vaccine (check with your veterinarian on timing, as laws vary among communities)Vaccine Considerations include flea/tick/heart worm preventatives. Talk to your veterinarian about: 1. Heartworm worm and flea prevention program 2. If haven't done so already, discuss puppie training classes (cost, location, etc.)
3. Now is a great time to puppie-proof your home, including: -Securely screen all windows -Securely store poisonous materials -Keep toilet lids down and doors and drawers closed. Puppie will be teething and may chew on inappropriate items. Provide a safe chew toy instead. Ask your veterinarian to show you how to brush your puppies teeth. 4. Appropriate flea, tick, heartworm and other parasite preventatives should be already in place. Discuss with your Vet. 14-16 Weeks Veterinary visit for vaccinations: 1. Third vaccination / booster for DHPP Non-Vaccine Considerations include flea/tick/heart worm preventatives. Now is a great time to introduce grooming and regular dental care. If you perform at-home grooming regularly, your puppie will get used to it, which will help as he/she gets older. 1. Begin with short, daily grooming sessions 2. Brush your puppie all over including his/her underside 3. Handle your puppies paws so he/she will allow nails to be trimmed 4. Reassure and praise your puppie as you groom 5. Appropriate flea, tick, heartworm and other parasite preventatives should be already in place. Discuss with your Vet. Training considerations: If your puppie has completed the 16-week core vaccinations schedule, you can begin obedience class training. 6 Months Veterinary visit, including: 1. Physical exam for overall development and body condition 2. Dental check-up (most of your puppies permanent canine teeth have come) 3. Spay or neutering procedure, unless you are a qualified breeder. Non-Vaccine Considerations include flea/tick/heart worm preventatives. Talk to your veterinarian about: 1. Any concerns you have with your puppies behavior or health and your veterinarian's recommendations 2. Your puppies weight and how to tell if he/she is getting too heavy 3. When to switch your puppie to adult food 4. Appropriate flea, tick, heartworm and other parasite preventatives should be already in place. Discuss with your Vet. Training Considerations: 1. Begin obedience class training and/or puppie agility class if you haven't already.