Congratulations on your new puppy! Thank you for choosing Veterinary Associates to help protect and care for this new addition to your family.
This first stage is a critical period in your puppy’s development, entailing many changes and challenges, which provides the foundation to a long and healthy life. We recommend bringing your new puppy in for an exam as soon as possible, and scheduling your puppy for vaccinations at approximately 2, 3, and 4 months of age. Your puppy will be vaccinated for canine distemper virus, parvovirus, parainfluenza virus, adenovirus type 1 (canine infectious hepatitis), and coronavirus. At 4 months of age, we will also give the first vaccination for rabies virus. Until your puppy has received the complete series of vaccinations, he or she will be susceptible to these preventable infections.
At each puppy visit, we will give a dewormer for intestinal parasites like roundworms and hookworms. Puppies may acquire these parasites before birth, during nursing, or from their environment. These worms can be transmitted to humans, where they may migrate into the skin, or even into the eyes, resulting in blindness. We will be happy to discuss a life-long parasite control program to keep your entire family safe.
Your doctor can discuss feeding recommendations, including what types of food might be the best for your puppy, and how long to feed. For instance, we recommend keeping large breed puppies on formulas specifically designed for large breeds, to reduce the risk of some developmental disorders.
We look forward to meeting your new puppy!