Getting a new puppy can be
very exciting. Before bringing the furry bundle home,
remember they require a lot of puppy care and preventative
measures (vaccinations, de-worming and a healthy diet). This
provides your pet with the best chance for a healthy
lifestyle. CVS continually evaluates the nutritional quality
of pet food and highly recommends Orijen, which can be
purchased at our clinic. We will start your puppy on a
preventative health care plan which is the foundation for a
long, healthy life.
First physical exam.
First vaccination for DHLPPC to protect against
Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Para influenza,
Parvovirus, and Corona-virus.
stool sample should be checked microscopically for
Weeks of Age
Booster DHLPPC vaccination.
First Lyme vaccination.
First Bordatella vaccination.
Weeks of Age
Adult DHLPPC vaccination
Booster Lyme vaccination
Booster Bordatella vaccination
First Rabies vaccination
Bordatella vaccination. If you kennel your dog,
vaccinate for Bordatella every 6 months.
Fecal check for intestinal parasites (Recommended every
Rabies vaccination booster at one year and every two
Heartworm is a serious but preventable disease. Your
dog should be tested each spring, preferably February-April
(before mosquito season). If your dog tests negative,
a heartworm preventative such as
should be given throughout the mosquito season
(April-November). Pups born during the mosquito season
should start on the preventative at 8 weeks old, and
continue through November. Each spring, it is very
important to test your pet prior to starting the
preventative treatment because the preventative can kill a
dog that is harboring heartworms. Like birth control
pills, heartworm preventatives are affective, but not 100%.
Human error of forgetting to give the monthly preventative
can cause the medication to be ineffective.
(a once monthly tablet) for heartworm, internal parasites
and flea prevention. A Heartworm test must
be done once yearly, before dispensing heartworm prevention.
Most puppies are born with intestinal
parasites, passed by their mother. We recommend fecal
checks three times the first year and twice annually
thereafter. If your pet is losing weight, acting ill or
experiencing loose stool a fecal check should be performed.
Feed your dog a nutritionally balanced HIGH
Quality pet food. Puppy formula should be fed their
first year. DO NOT feed generic brand pet foods.
They are nutritionally incomplete and contain a higher
percentage of fillers.
be part of a dog’s regular grooming routine. Some dogs
require more attention to their nails. We recommend
trimming nails every 2-4 weeks.
Your dog’s teeth should be checked regularly
for tarter buildup. As your dog ages, a professional dental
cleaning may be needed. Proper diet, chew toys, and
frequent brushing can help prevent progression of tarter
build up and gum disease.
Bordatella vaccination is important to protect against
kennel cough. CVS recommends giving a vaccination
every 6 months when you show, board or have your dog
vaccinating against Lyme disease, which is a devastating
disease that is spread by deer ticks. CVS recommends
using Advantix (a topical monthly preventative) that
repels and kills ticks, fleas and mosquitoes!