Point Vicente Animal Hospital loves Puppies!
Congratulations on becoming the owner of a new puppy. The following is our recommendation for the health and medical care of your puppy for his or her first six months.
The first visit to the veterinarian should include all of the following and the appropriate other treatments depending on your puppy's age:
� Initial Physical Exam: Verify gender, detect birth defects, discuss care, behavior, diet, check for internal parasites ("worms") and external parasites (ear mites, mange, ringworm, fleas, ticks, lice)
� Fecal Microscopic Exam for Parasites and specific deworming if indicated
Depending on the puppy's age, then these other treatments are recommended:
� DHPPC #1
� General deworming
� Start flea control
� DHPPC #2
� Fecal testing if not already done
� Bordetella Vaccine #1
� Second deworming
� DHPPC #3, then annually or as determined by veterinarian
� Bordetella #2, then annually as needed
� Schedule neuter or spay!
� Spay or neuter
� Start Heartworm control if any chance of traveling with pet
� Rabies vaccine, repeat in 1 year, then every three years
Flea control: Advantage, Advantix, Comfortis or Frontline monthly
Factors such as age and environment (dog parks, kennels, travel) can change your dog's vaccination requirements. Any time your puppy has diarrhea, call and bring a sample in for analysis. MANY puppies have intestinal parasites.
One of the most important things you can do for your pet is to provide identification. A collar and tag works well but there are other methods, too. Ask us about permanent microchip identification.