Preventative Health Care for Your Puppy
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.
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.
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.
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.