Andrews Veterinary has established a vaccination protocol to properly protect your puppy from preventable diseases. Puppies should be vaccinated at several intervals to ensure appropriate immunity to various diseases.
Puppy Vaccination # 1 (performed at 6-8 Weeks of Age)
Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, & Parvovirus combination vaccine.
We recommend all puppies being started on a once monthly heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention at this time, and offer a complimentary sample of what we carry for you to try out with your pet. For more information on heartworm disease, click here.
Puppy Vaccination # 2 (performed at 9-12 Weeks of Age)
Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, & Parvovirus combination booster.
At this visit we will discuss certain lifestyle vaccines, such as Leptospirosis, Influenza and Bordetella vaccinations, and administered if these vaccines pertain to the lifestyle you plan on having with your pet. We will also recommend, if we have not already done so at the previous visit, starting your pet on a monthly flea and tick prevention. Both fleas and ticks are very prevalent in our area and are capable of transmitting a variety of diseases. We offer a complimentary sample of a safe and effective product for you to try out in your pet at this visit.
Puppy Vaccination # 3 (performed at 12-15 Weeks of Age)
Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, & Parvovirus +/- Leptospirosis combination booster.
+/- Influenza booster
If you plan on raising an active, outdoor puppy, we may also discuss other vaccinations to consider such as the Lyme vaccine to help protect against Lyme disease which is carried by ticks.
Puppy Vaccination # 4 (performed at 15-18 Weeks of Age)
Distemper, Adenovirus type 2, Parainfluenza, & Parvovirus +/- Leptospirosis combination booster
1 year Rabies vaccination
+/- Lyme Disease booster
After this phase your puppy will be current on his or her vaccinations for 1 year.
Puppies have a high likelihood of being born with intestinal parasites or picking up intestinal parasites from their environment. The most common clinical signs of intestinal parasites are diarrhea or no signs at all. Puppies should have regular fecal examinations during their initial vaccine appointments and be de-wormed accordingly.
To keep you puppy’s paws healthy and get them accustomed to getting their nails trimmed as they get older, we recommend you touch and play with your puppy’s paws. Trimming their nails on a regular basis makes the procedure less stressful, and it becomes a routine rather than a bad experience or fearful situation. We can instruct you on how to trim nails if you would like to do at home, or we can schedule an appointment for us to do so if that makes you more comfortable.
It is a good idea to open your puppy’s mouth to look at and touch their teeth and gums. By doing so your puppy will hopefully become familiar with this feeling and this will help you begin teeth brushing and perform possible medication administration in the future if needed.
It is important to provide exercise for your puppy. Puppies that are exercised for at least 30 minutes every day are generally better behaved. Puppies have a tremendous amount of energy. If they have no outlet for this energy they can develop a variety of obedience problems. We recommend playing ball, going for a walk, and other similar activities to provide exercise for your puppy. Your puppy will be thankful and happy, and a happy puppy means a happy family!
Puppies teethe just like babies. Give your puppy toys and designated treats to chew on while being supervised. Providing your puppy with objects to happily chew on will deter them from chewing on personnel objects such furniture, shoes and more. Puppies should lose all of their baby teeth between 4-6 months of age, however they will still continue to chew. You can purchase toys safe for puppies at online or local pet stores.
Spaying & Neutering
AVH will spay (females) and neuter (males) puppies once they have completed their appropriate vaccination series, typically between 4 and 6 months of age. If you do not plan on breeding your pet, we recommend spaying and neutering. There are many reasons for doing so, including population control, prevent possible behavioral problems down the road and to avoid certain cancers and infections of the reproductive tract as they age.