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Puppy Care

We want your puppy to be healthy and happy! This guide gives recommendations and explanations on vaccine schedules, spay/neuter procedure timing, and microchip implantation. If you have a large or giant breed dog, we recommend taking radiographs of the hips to evaluate your dog for hip dysplasia.

 

Vaccines

We suggest keeping your new puppy confined to your own yard until they receive all necessary vaccines. To further reduce the risk of exposing your dog to a potentially fatal disease, we recommend avoiding parks, kennels, and play time with other dogs until your new puppy is fully vaccinated.

 

Core vaccines are recommended for all dogs, and should be given in a series of three at the following intervals:

  • 6 – 8 weeks: Exam, DHPCPV, Heartworm Testing, Fecal Exam
  • 10 – 12 weeks: Exam, DHPCPV, Heartworm Testing
  • 14 – 16 weeks: Exam, DHPCPV, Heartworm Testing, Rabies

 

Core vaccines will be administered one year after the final puppy shot and then on an annual basis.

  • Distemper may cause signs varying from respiratory infection (coughing, sneezing) to intestinal issues (diarrhea, vomiting).
  • Hepatitis may cause severe liver damage or death.
  • Parainfluenza may cause mild to severe flu-like symptoms.
  • Parvovirus may cause severe vomiting and diarrhea that can lead to dehydration and death.
  • Rabies affects the brain and central nervous systems. Rabies can affect humans and is always fatal if left untreated.

 

Non-core vaccines should be given to dogs on an individual, as-needed basis.

  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough) can cause a severe cough.
  • Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can cause potentially fatal kidney and liver disease. This disease is transmissible to people.
  • Lyme disease is a bacterial disease that can cause arthritis and high fevers.

 

Microchipping

A microchip is a form of permanent identification that is inserted beneath the skin between the shoulder blades. This unique method of identifying pets is being used in veterinary hospitals and humane societies all across the United States, Canada, and Europe. A microchip may be inserted at any time, takes just a few seconds, and is painless.

 

Spay/Neuter

We recommend neutering your puppy at six months of age. The benefits are numerous, including the prevention of pregnancy and most forms of reproductive organ cancer. It also helps to prevent undesirable behaviors such as urine marking and aggression.