Please bring all pertinent medical paperwork and a fresh (within 8 hours) stool sample with you to your first appointment.
Pet exams we will discuss during your visit:
- Physical exam
- Fecal exam to screen for intestinal parasites
- Appropriate deworming
- Necessary vaccine boosters
- Heartworm preventative (as needed)
- Flea/tick preventative
- A discussion of Home Again Microchips, which we recommend to all pet owners
Just like children, puppies require a series of vaccines to help build optimal immunity against common illnesses. Initial vaccines begin at 6-8 weeks old and boosters are given every 3-4 weeks. The puppy vaccination series is usually completed with a rabies vaccine at 4 months of age. At that point, vaccines and heartworm testing become an annual event.
There are an abundance of vaccines available that are not routinely necessary. “Core” vaccines are recommended for most pets, and “non-core” vaccines are reserved for pets with unique needs. Together we will decide on a vaccination schedule that best suits your puppy.
Heartworm is a parasite that your puppy can get from mosquito bites. All puppies should be started on heartworm preventative during initial vet visits. These medications prevent heartworm disease as well as the common intestinal parasites roundworms and hookworms. We recommend testing your dog for heartworm disease every year with your annual visit, a recommendation that is supported by the American Heartworm Society.
Flea Treatment and Tick Prevention for Your Puppy
In addition to being annoying and gross, fleas and ticks can transmit a number of parasites or pathogens that can develop into serious and potentially life threatening diseases. Flea allergies and related skin infections are also a common sequela of these parasites. Fleas and ticks can easily be avoided with appropriate monthly preventatives. These options will be discussed during your initial visits to help get your puppy the right coverage.