Is there anything cuter than a puppy? Along with all that cuteness and cuddliness come some basic needs.  We tend to think about such things like vaccinations but there are many more health issues puppies face such as zoonotic parasites (parasites that can be transmitted from dogs to people), intestinal parasites, behavioral concerns, and socialization.  These things can seem daunting at times but rest assured that St Paul Pet Hospital is here to help you through this fun time for your new family member.

Typical Puppy Vaccination Schedule

This vaccination schedule may vary based on Dr. Eric’s recommendation.

6 to 8 Weeks

  • 1st Distemper-Hepatitis-Parainfluenza-Parvovirus      (booster in 3 weeks)
  • 1st Bordetella (kennel cough, booster in 3 weeks)
  • Pyrantel (dewormer, booster in 2 weeks)
  • Start Heartworm Preventative
  • Start Flea/Tick Preventative  (monthly, year round, for life)

10 to 12 Weeks

  • 2nd DHPP+Lepto (booster in 3 weeks)
  • +/- Lyme (booster in 3 weeks)
  • +/-Bordetella (booster yearly)

14 to 16 Weeks

  • 3rd DHPP+Lepto (booster yearly)
  • Rabies (booster in 1 year)
  • Lyme Booster (booster yearly)

1 Year Later

  • Distemper+Lepto (booster yearly)
  • Rabies (booster in 3 years)
  • Heartworm Test (done yearly)
  • Lyme (booster yearly)

Recommended Tests

  • Intestinal Parasite Exam (fecal)
  • Heartworm Antigen Test
  • Annual Blood Work

Dental Care

It is a good idea to start preventative dental care when your dog is young. The best way to do this is regular brushing with toothpaste specifically designed for dogs. Your dog’s teeth should be brushed multiple times a week, if not daily.

Spaying and Neutering

Spayed/neutered pets not only live longer and healthier lives, but they also make better companions. It is best to spay or neuter your pet anywhere from 4 to 6 months of age, or for toy breeds it is best to wait until they are at least one pound.

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