We recommend starting vaccines at 6 weeks old in puppies.
For many pet lovers, there is nothing more exciting and fun than getting a new puppy! Your Elberton Animal Hospital veterinarian is your partner in making sure your puppy gets the best start possible. We want to make sure your new friend gets started off on the right paw, because the first few months of a young cat’s life are critical to their development, future health and well-being.
You should schedule your puppy to see the veterinarian as soon as possible after you adopt. Below is information on what you can expect when you bring your pet in for his or her initial exam.
Comprehensive Physical Exams
Is your puppy’s growth on track? Are there any telltale signs of current or future health issues? How large will my puppy get? These are all questions that can be answered by your veterinarian with a physical exam.
Just like newborn babies, the immune systems of young pets are not fully developed. This means they are more susceptible to disease, and therefore puppies need a series of vaccinations given at monthly intervals to be protected. Your puppy will receive rabies (required by law), canine distemper parvovirus vaccine, leptospirosis, and bordetella dependent on lifestyle.
Intestinal Parasite Screening
It’s very common for puppies to have worms, and they can make your new friend very sick and weak. Some of these worms can also be passed to your human family members. Fecal testing for intestinal parasites is a must for puppies.
One of the most important things you can do for your pet is to make sure he or she is microchipped. Unlike collars, microchips stay with your pet for life and will make it much more likely your dog will be returned to you if lost.
First Doses of Heartworm, Flea, & Tick Preventative
Fleas and ticks are not only unpleasant, they carry disease and can be very detrimental to a young dog’s health. Heartworm can be deadly, and while there is treatment available for dogs, it is expensive and hard for your pet. We’ll make sure your puppy is protected with their first doses of flea, tick and heartworm preventive.
Behavior & Nutrition Counseling
While it may be true that puppies don’t come with instructions, counseling with our veterinarians about the best housebreaking methods, the importance of socialization and basic training will set your pup up for success as a family member. We can also advise you on feeding schedules and options for optimum health.