Puppy Resources

Preventative Health Care for Your Puppy

Vaccinations

Puppies need a series of vaccinations to establish their immunity to specific diseases. After the initial series, adult dogs should receive booster vaccinations yearly.  There are three types of vaccinations every dog should receive:

  •   6 weeks: DHLP

  •   9 weeks: DHLP and #1 Bordetella

  • 12 weeks: DHLP and #2 Bordetella

  • 16 weeks: Rabies/#1 Borelia Vaccine

  • 18 weeks: #2 Borelia Vaccine

CIV (Canine Influenza Virus) vaccine is recommended for high risk dogs.

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Internal Parasites

External Parasites

A blood sample should be checked yearly for heartworm, before any preventative medication is administered.  A stool sample should be checked annually for the most common canine parasites: roundworms and hookworms.
There are several kinds of parasites that live on the skin of a dog, including mites, fleas, and ticks.  It is important to protect your pet. There are products available that defend against these parasites.

Nutrition

A good nutrition plan is essential for the first year of your puppy’s life.  Regular commercial pet foods are adequate as long as you purchase reputable brands. The Molitor Pet Clinic recommends  feeding Hill’s Science Diet, Purina Pro-Plan, Eukanuba, and Royal Canin.

Spay/Neutering

If your puppy is to remain a family companion, the benefits of neutering your pet far outweigh any negative consequences. Your puppy can be neutered at any age.