Puppy Health Information
The vet will vaccinate the puppies at 6 weeks of age with Distemper, Adenovirus2, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza.
Puppies will get Rabies at 20 weeks (new owner). Puppies will require a Rabies Booster no later within 1 year of initial dose regardless of age at time of initial dose, then every 3 years thereafter or as required by law.
Parvo kills more dogs than anything else and it is totally preventable. It is strongly recommended that you DO NOT allow your puppy to socialize with unknown dogs until they are at least 16-20 weeks old. This means do not allow the puppy outside on grass, dirt or common areas where other unknown dogs may have visited until their vaccine series has been completed.
Until their vaccine series is complete, DO NOT take the puppies to dog-parks, shows or trials. Be mindful that public areas may have unvaccinated dogs walking about... one could be carrying Parvo and not even appear sick but that Parvo can be deadly to your puppy! When going to the the Vet, it is best to carry them 100% of the time until the puppy vaccine series is complete. Do not take the puppies with you to the pet store as pet stores have all kinds of young (and sometimes sick) puppies running through them.
Intestinal Worm and Heartworm Treatment
We worm the puppies at 2, 4, 6, & 8 weeks of age with Pyrantel Pamoate (5mL/10lbs).
Once the puppy reaches 12 weeks we suggest starting them on Interceptor Plus which is a monthly, broad spectrum parasiticide used to prevent heartworm disease, as well as treat and control common intestinal parasites including roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. If you choose to use this treatment you will treat both internal parasites and heart worms at the same time (easy but can become expensive).
Flea & Tick Treatment
We treat our dogs with Seresto Flea and Tick collars which last approximately 8 months, Sentry Fiproguard Plus Flea & Tick (same ingredients as frontline plus) squeeze-on monthly can also be used in place of the collar the same date they are given their heartworm/parasite preventative.
This information is provided here for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice from a veterinarian.