Puppy Care Guidelines
Congratulations on your new Puppy! We look forward to meeting the new addition.
Recommended vaccination schedule for your puppy:
8 weeks: Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, parvovirus, parainfluenza (DHLPP), Bordetella
12 weeks: DHLPP, Rabies vaccine,
16 weeks: DHLPP
1 year: DHPP 3-year vaccine, Leptospirosis 1-year vaccine, Rabies 3-year vaccine, Bordetella 1-year vaccine, Lyme disease vaccine: series can be started at 9 weeks, followed in 2-3 weeks by a second booster, followed by annual booster.
**With any vaccination, be observant for signs of an allergic reaction to the vaccines demonstrated by vomiting, facial swelling, hives, or extreme lethargy. If you see any of these signs bring your pet in for evaluation. If our hospital is closed please contact the emergency clinic.
Fecal Test: Bring a stool sample in to have it tested for intestinal parasites including hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and coccidiosis.
Heartworm disease is a 100% preventable condition. We recommend monthly oral tablets for heartworm control, in all dogs beginning at 8 weeks of age. Monitor weight to make sure the proper dose is used.
Flea & Tick Control:
Flea and Tick control is important year round in New York. Aside from creating itchy bites, fleas also can transmit disease and parasites (tapeworm) to your puppy. Ticks can transmit diseases including Lyme disease to your companion. Before applying any flea or tick product, be sure that your puppy is older than the minimum age stated on the label of the product. Please ask if you would like more information on flea or tick control.
House Training: We highly recommend crate training as a method of teaching your puppy not to go to the bathroom in the house. It also gives your dog a portable ‘den’ where he/she can feel safe and at home, even when traveling.
Most puppies are spayed or neutered at 5-6 months of age. Pre-surgical bloodwork is recommended before the procedure to aid in evaluating how well the puppy will handle the anesthesia.
At the time of spay/neuter, we recommend microchip placement for your pet in case they get lost.
Puppies should be fed high quality puppy food. This is one of the most important choices you will make for your pet. There is an incredible amount of marketing, misinformation and hype about certain diets. Please talk to either the veterinarian or one of our staff about good choices for your puppy’s nutrition.
Socialization: It is important to introduce your puppy to other dogs. Before they have completed their puppy vaccination series it is important to make sure that the dogs you introduce your puppy to are healthy and up to date on their vaccines. Also make sure to pick up any poop in the yard before allowing dogs to play together. Early puppy training classes will help establish good habits. Just make sure not to bring your puppy if he/she is having diarrhea or seems extra tired. Also, be prepared to bring your puppy home if any other puppies in the class don’t look healthy. It is important to safeguard your pet’s health as puppies are more susceptible to diseases.
Puppyhood is an excellent time to get your puppy used to being handled all over and having his/hers ears and mouth looked at. Also spend time touching your puppy’s paws to make nail trimming easier.
Behavior Topics: Pleas talk with your veterinarian if you are experiencing any behavior issues such as house soiling, biting, mounting, aggression, eating of non-food items, destructive tendencies, etc. The earlier these issues are addressed the more easily these behaviors may be changed.
Pet Insurance: We recommend all owners are aware of the existence of pet insurance.