Puppies

Your puppy is growing at an incredible rate! In the first six months, your puppy will be potty trained, go to puppy school, lose baby teeth, get adult teeth and start puberty!  A year old dog is equivalent in age to an 8 year old person!

This is why it is so important to have your dog examined several times during the first 6 months.  During these exams, the doctor will assess the overall health of your puppy.  These appointments are also a great time to ask questions of the technician and doctor about the care of your puppy, or any behavioral concerns that you may have.

Here’s what to expect during your puppy’s first year:

First Visit (7-9 Weeks)

  • Physical Exam
  • Fecal sample to check for intestinal parasites
  • First distemper combination vaccination
  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough Vaccination)
  • Preventive Deworming
  • Begin internal parasite prevention program
  • Register for Pups ‘R Us Class
  • Introduction to Puppy Daycare at RVGB

Second Visit (11-13 Weeks)

  • Physical Exam
  • Second distemper combination vaccination
  • Discuss lyme vaccination
  • Discuss leptosporisis vaccination
  • Fecal sample to check for intestinal parasites
  • Start external parasite prevention program
  • Continue internal parasite prevention

Third Visit (15-18 Weeks)

  • Physical Exam
  • Fecal sample to check for intestinal parasites
  • Third distemper combination vaccination; second lyme
  • and leptosporosis vaccination; rabies vaccination
  • Baseline wellness and presurgical screening blood tests
  • Continue internal/external parasite prevention

6 Months

  • Physical Exam
  • Spay/Neuter
  • Microchip Placement
  • Continue internal/external parasite prevention

Annually

  • Physical Exam
  • Fecal sample to check for intestinal parasites
  • Wellness Blood Screening
  • Vaccines
  • Internal/external parasite prevention
puppy at River Valley Veterinary Service