It is essential that your puppy have several examinations within the first year of his or her life. We will address many different areas to make sure that the health of your pup is excellent. We will also discuss such issues as microchipping, spaying/neutering, blood work, behavior, and nutrition and can even recommend training options. Also, we will discuss the first-year wellness schedule based on your puppy’s first exam.
Between 9 and 12 weeks of age, puppies lose the disease protection they received from their mothers and develop the ability to form their own immunity. It is important to have your puppy vaccinated to help prevent infection and to keep him or her healthy.
|VACCINATION||INFO||SYMPTOMS||VACCINE IS GIVEN|
|Distemper||Highly contagious, potentially fatal virus||Thick eye and nose discharge; fever, which often comes and goes unnoticed; poor appetite; coughing and development of pneumonia; vomiting and diarrhea; seizures||See below|
|Adenovirus (also known as infectious canine hepatitis)||Contagious disease||Range of symptoms including fever, loss of appetite, lethargy, runny eyes and nose, cough, vomiting||See below|
|Parainfluenza||Highly contagious respiratory disease||Coughing, sneezing||See below|
|Parvovirus||Highly contagious intestinal disease that can cause severe dehydration and can be fatal despite aggressive treatment||Severe vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and loss of appetite||See below|
|The four viruses listed above are commonly grouped together in one vaccine, which is known as the “distemper vaccine” or DAPP. The vaccine series begins at 6–8 weeks of age and continues every three weeks until 15–17 weeks of age. The first vaccine lasts one year, the second vaccine lasts three years. Puppies must receive two vaccines to be protected if under 6 months of age.
PLEASE NOTE: It is extremely important to keep your puppy in your yard until he or she has received all vaccines! Your puppy’s immune system is still developing.
|VACCINATION||INFO||SYMPTOMS||VACCINE IS GIVEN|
|Leptospirosis||Can affect humans as well as dogs; transmitted by drinking, swimming, or walking through infected water||Vary but can include vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, refusal to eat, severe weakness and depression, stiffness, severe muscle pain, increased thirst and urination, or jaundice (yellowing of skin)||As a series of two vaccines, 3 weeks apart, followed by a yearly booster|
|Bordetella (also known as kennel cough)||Commonly found where groups of dogs are, such as groomers, kennels, dog parks, pet stores, training centers||Harsh, hacking coughing and bronchitis||As a series of two vaccines, 3 weeks apart, followed by a yearly booster|
|Canine influenza||Easily spread and commonly found where groups of dogs are, such as groomers, kennels, dog parks, pet stores, training centers||Sneezing, coughing, fever, lethargy||As a series of two vaccines, 3 weeks apart, followed by a yearly booster|
|Rabies||Fatal virus that can affect humans||Apprehension, nervousness, anxiety, solitude, and a fever may be noted. Friendly animals may become shy or irritable and may snap, whereas aggressive animals may become affectionate and docile.||Required between 12–16 weeks of age, and then boostered one year after the initial vaccine. Then given every three years in the state of Virginia.|
After your puppy’s vaccine series is complete, annual physical examinations and a vaccine program individualized for your puppy will be discussed. Our goal is to provide the best life-long care for your furry friend!
It’s important that you bring your dog to us for a checkup at least once a year, even if your dog seems to be healthy at the time. During these annual checkups, we will give your canine a thorough physical exam, which will include:
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