Preventative Care for Puppies

What to bring to your puppy’s first exam:

  • Your puppy on a leash or in a pet carrier
  • Any previous medical history (vaccines, deworming, etc.)
  • Fecal sample less than 24 hours old

Exams will involve:

  • Complete physical exam
  • Educational puppy kit and educational videos along with tips on puppy care and behavioral concerns (1st exam)
  • Recommendations on heartworm, flea and tick prevention
  • Fecal examination for intestinal parasites and appropriate deworming
  • Necessary vaccine boosters

Vaccination Schedule:

  • DA2P vaccination (prevention of canine distemper, canine adenovirus type 2, and parvovirus).
    • Administered every 3 to 4 weeks until 12 weeks of age.
    • Dogs over 12 weeks of age with an unknown vaccination status will be given 2 vaccinations 3-4 weeks apart. After the second booster, this vaccination provides protection for 1 year.
  • Rabies vaccination at 12 weeks of age or older and initially provides on year of protection.
  • Leptospirosis and lyme vaccinations are recommended for all dogs in New England. These two vaccines are usually administered 3 weeks after the rabies vaccination and boostered 3-4 weeks later. They will then be updated annually.
  • Additional vaccines such as bordetella (kennel cough) and influenza will be discussed with you to determine need and given on an “as-needed” basis.

Prevention and Testing:

  • We recommend monthly heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention year round along with annual testing.
  • We recommend testing for heartworm disease. This is a simple blood test that is performed during your pets annual examination, this also tests for exposure to lyme, anaplasma and erhlichia.
  • Flea and tick preventatives are recommended monthly all year long.

Puppy Care Resources:

At Oaklawn Animal Hospital, our goal is to provide new puppy parents with the tools and information they need to raise a happy, healthy and well-adjusted puppy. Start you new pup off on the right paw and download the Oaklawn Animal Hospital New Puppy Guide and associated documents below:

Download the Full Oaklawn Animal Hospital New Puppy Guide Below

(Full document – 16 pages, 2.6mb)


June 10, 2016