Offering Special Care for Your New Puppy
At the first office visit when your pet is approximately 8 weeks of age we will:
1. Perform a thorough physical examination and record your pet’s weight. Check for any problems present since birth.
2. Check for external parasites and help you with appropriate prevention.
3. Begin a deworming program that you will start today and repeat every two weeks, based on your pet’s weight, until 6 months of age.
4. Begin the required immunizations against infectious diseases, and discuss the non-core vaccination options. ( * see below )
5. Discuss Heartworm Disease and if the season is appropriate—initiate a Heartworm Preventative Program
6. Discuss training, grooming, nutrition and any other questions you may have.
At the second office visit when your pet is approximately 12 weeks of age we will:
1. Re-examine and update your pet’s weight.
2. Booster your puppy’s initial immunizations.
3. Analyze the first of two fecal samples to ensure your puppy is parasite free.
4. Adjust the Heartworm Preventative dosage if necessary.
5. Follow up on previous discussion regarding training, grooming and nutrition and answer any new questions you may have.
At the third office visit when your puppy is approximately 16 weeks of age we will:
1. Again provide re-examination and weight updates for your pet.
2. Re-check for external parasites and help you with appropriate control.
3. Vaccinate your puppy against Rabies and Parvovirus.
4. Ensure the correct Heartworm Preventative dosage is being used.
5. Answer any of your questions pertaining to spaying or neutering you pet and go over the estimate for this procedure.
*At any of these booster visits you may choose to vaccinate your pup against canine kennel cough, lyme disease, or leptospirosis. These diseases are not considered essential “core vaccines” but depending on your pet’s lifestyle may be crucial to their longterm health.
At 6 months of age we will:
1. Neuter or spay your puppy.
2. Analyze the second recommended fecal sample to ensure your puppy is parasite free.
You can plan to visit us on a yearly basis to have your dog’s physical exam updated. At your annual visit we’ll give your dog a thorough examination to assess both dental & general physical health. We will also make recommendations for the continued good health of your dog. We also ask that you bring a fresh stool sample for parasite analysis. In addition, it is important to Heartworm Test your dog each spring before using Preventative medication. If vaccines are due in the spring we’ll Heartworm Test at this visit, otherwise an appointment will need to be made before June 1st with one of our technicians for a sample collection and to receive your prevention for the year.