Puppy Wellness Plan
- Puppies can be checked for intestinal parasites/dewormed as early as 2 wks of age. Not all intestinal parasites can be seen in the feces, so it is recommended to bring a stool sample to your veterinarian to be checked microscopically. A puppy wellness exam can be done at any age.
- 6-8 wks of age- can receive first vaccination* (includes distemper, parvo, adenovirus, parainfluenza, and coronavirus). A fecal check should be done, if it hasn’t already been checked. Appropriate dewormer is given.
- 9-10 wks of age- can receive second vaccination* (a booster of the first vaccine). Deworming repeated if necessary.
- 12 wks- can receive third vaccination* (the same as the first and second vaccines with leptospirosis added). You may see this vaccine referred to as the canine yearly vaccine. Rabies vaccine can be given at this age. Bordetella vaccine (for kennel cough) can be given, if needed. Deworming repeated if necessary.
- 14-16 wks- can receive fourth/final puppy vaccination* (a booster of the third vaccine). Rabies vaccination is given, if it has not yet been given. Deworming or fecal check repeated if necessary.
- Heartworm prevention should be started before 6 months of age, but can be started as early as 7 weeks of age. Heartworm prevention should be given year round for the entire life span. Heartworms are contracted by a mosquito bite. Most heartworm preventions also include some form of dewormer, and therefore act as a monthly dewormer as well.
- Flea and tick prevention can be started as early as 7 wks of age. Puppies can become infested with tapeworms if they ingest a single flea. Ticks harbor several debilitating diseases that can be transmitted by a single bite. Always check product labels to assure that your puppy is old enough and the correct weight to receive the product.
- Your puppy can be spayed/neutered as early as 6 months of age. There are many health/behavioral benefits to spaying/neutering your dog. In females, spaying before the first heat cycle decreases the chance of development of mammary tumors later in life. In males, neutering before puberty can lessen the chance of unwanted behaviors such as marking, roaming, territorial aggression, or male to male aggression. It will also eliminate the chance of them developing testicular cancer later in life.
* It is important that your puppy receives all 4 vaccines within the recommended timelines to assure an appropriate immune response. If they do not receive the vaccines at the appropriate ages, they will not be fully protected against those diseases. Also, a yearly booster of the Rabies vaccine and the canine yearly vaccine is required for your dog to continue to be protected against these diseases.