If you’ve just purchased a puppy from us: Congratulations!
If you’re still thinking about getting a puppy and are wondering how to take good care of your puppy during the first year, keep reading!
We want to give you all the info you need to keep your puppy in terrific health. To help you start off on the right paw, we've put together a recommended schedule for taking your puppy to the vet during their first year.
First Shots Already Given
When you purchase your puppy, it will already have received its first round of vaccinations to protect it from common diseases like distemper, parvovirus, and adenovirus.
Initial Exam After You Purchase
This is a crucial step to ensure your puppy is covered under our 1 year health guarantee. Please take your puppy to a licensed veterinarian within three days of purchase for an initial exam.
Now, let's look at the recommended vet visit schedule for your puppy's first year:
9-11 weeks old: Second Vaccinations
During this visit, your puppy will receive booster shots to further protect them from diseases. Your vet may also recommend additional vaccinations depending on your location and your puppy's lifestyle.
12-14 weeks old: Third Vaccinations & Heartworm Test
Your puppy will receive their final round of core vaccinations. This is also a good time to test for heartworm and discuss heartworm prevention with your vet.
16-20 weeks old: Rabies Vaccination
Your puppy will receive their rabies vaccination, which is required by law in most states. Check with your vet about your local requirements.
6 months old: Spay/Neuter
Discuss the appropriate time to spay or neuter your puppy with your vet. This procedure helps prevent overpopulation and can also have health benefits for your pet.
1 year old: Annual Checkup & Vaccination Boosters
Your puppy will need an annual checkup to ensure they remain in good health. Your vet will administer any necessary vaccination boosters, perform a thorough physical exam, and discuss ongoing preventive care.
Your veterinarian can help you with flea and tick prevention, as well as dental checkups.
Taking your puppy to the vet regularly during their first year will set the foundation for a happy, healthy life together. If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to support you and your new companion.
Wishing you and your puppy all the best!
Cephas, Ruth, & Crew