Canine Health Program & Vaccination Schedule
Congratulations on the new addition to your family! There’s nothing like the love of a warm, fuzzy puppy. We want to help you keep your puppy healthy and happy. Regularly scheduled vaccinations are important for building your puppy’s immunity to several serious dog diseases. The examination we perform at each visit will also help us detect any common puppy-hood problems or illnesses. Remember that we are always pleased to answer any questions about raising your puppy; please feel free to bring a list with you or call at any time. Here’s a schedule of visits and vaccinations that we ask you to follow:
6-8 weeks old:
- 1st examination
- 1st DHLPP (Distemper; Hepatitis; Leptospirosis; Parvovirus; Parainfluenza)
- Bring a fresh stool sample so we may check for intestinal parasites; refrigerate the sample
9-12 weeks old:
- 2nd examination
- 2nd DHLPP. This is done 3-4 weeks after the 1st DHLPP
12+ weeks old:
- Rabies vaccination and examination. This first rabies vaccination is good for only 1 year; subsequent vaccinations last for 3 years. Bring a fresh stool sample so we may check for intestinal parasites; refrigerate the sample
13-16 weeks old:
- 3rd examination
- 3rd DHLPP. This is done 3-4 weeks after the second vaccination
- The DHLPP vaccine will last for 1 year and will then need to be boostered at regular intervals. This booster concludes the series of routine puppy vaccinations.
If a puppy starts the series at an early age, 4 vaccinations may be needed; if it starts at a later age, 2 vaccinations may be needed in the series.
The most important part of your puppy’s visit today was the annual examination. Our veterinarian made certain that your puppy was checked from the tip of its nose to the tip of its tail for any health problems. This annual exam is your best way of keeping your loved one in tip-top health. Growing puppies especially need several examinations during the first few months of their life due to their bodies constantly changing.