Congratulations on your new puppy! Thank you for choosing us to help protect and care for your new addition to your family. Starting out with the proper medical care gives your puppy a great start to a long and healthy life.
The first few months are a critical period in your puppy’s development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy dog, including information and advice on nutrition, training, behavior, and socialization.
Schedule your puppy for his or her first exam by 8 weeks of age. An initial series of vaccines will result in 2 to 3 visits with us and we encourage you to ask questions. Until your puppy has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will make sure your new dog is protected against rabies, distemper, and parvovirus, among other diseases.
Your puppy will also need to be treated for parasites, which are extremely common in young dogs. Most puppies have roundworms, which are intestinal worms that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal signs (although dogs can have worms without showing any symptoms). It is important for puppies to be treated for roundworms, not only to rid them of the infection but also to prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected. Roundworms are a zoonotic parasite, which means they can be transmitted from pets to people. By ensuring that your puppy is properly treated, you can keep your entire family safe from these and other parasites.
During your puppy’s first visit, the doctor will conduct a comprehensive physical exam. The doctor will be looking for congenital defects, hearing and vision issues, cleft palate, proper bite,
hernias, and heart defects. We will begin your puppy’s vaccination program at 8 weeks of age, with boosters every 3 to 4 weeks apart until he or she is 16 weeks of age.
We recommend the following core vaccinations:
Canine Distemper Virus /Adenovirus Type 2/Hepatitis/Parvovirus (DA2P). This is a vaccine to protect your dog from the following diseases – distemper, hepatitis, adenovirus, parvovirus and parainfluenza. These diseases are debilitating and can cause death. Nearly every dog will be exposed during its lifetime, making vaccination a must. Distemper is a respiratory, neurological and gastrointestinal virus that is also most often fatal. Parvovirus is an intestinal viral infection that results in bloody diarrhea, fever, vomiting and extreme depression. It is highly contagious and life threatening. Parainfluenza is a respiratory disease and part of the canine cough syndrome.
Rabies. Rabies is a deadly disease that can be transmitted to humans via bite/saliva from an infected animal. This vaccination protects your pet from this life threatening disease. Even indoor animals (cats and dogs) should be vaccinated. The most common source of infection is in the bat population. There are documented cases of Rabies positive bats on Vancouver Island.
Additional/Optional Vaccinations – these vaccinations are not part of our core group but may be deemed appropriate for your pet based upon age, lifestyle, location/travel, etc. Discuss all your pets’ vaccination needs with your veterinarian.
- Bordetella (Canine Cough). Bordetella is a vaccine given to dogs to prevent tracheobronchitis also known as kennel/canine cough. This is a very contagious virus and bacterium causing a dry hacking cough that can persist for weeks. If your pet interacts with other dogs then your dog should receive a bordetella vaccine every 6 to 12 months.
- Lymes Disease
Parasite Control & Deworming
Puppies can pick up intestinal parasites from their environment and from their mother before birth. For this reason we recommend that puppies are dewormed at 8 weeks of age again at 10, 12, 14 and 16 weeks of age. It is important to then put them on a routine deworming program that fits in with your pets lifestyle needs. This can be monthly, quarterly or at minimum annual treatments. Some treatments include: heartworm and flea preventive, round worms, hookworms and tapeworms. There are many options for treatment types and intervals. Our veterinary team will be happy to review the best option for your pet.
PUPPY HEALTH PACKAGES
For your convenience – and peace of mind – we have put together our PUPPY HEALTH PACKAGE. This comprehensive package includes all the steps to get your new little one off to a healthy start. The package is available for puppies 8 weeks to 16 weeks of age and includes all of the following:
8 WEEKS – FULL PUPPY HEALTH PLAN
- First vaccination – Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvovirus
- First Examination/Physical
- Deworming for round and hookworms (Dolpac/Heartguard) x 2
- Discuss Flea control options (Advantage, Comfortis, Capstar and others)
- Discuss housetraining your pet
- Discuss Nutrition
12 WEEKS – PARTIAL PUPPY HEALTH PLAN STARTS HERE
- Second Vaccination – Distemper/Adenovirus/Parvovirus
- Second Examination/Physical
- Discuss dominance/hierarchy
- Demonstrate dental, ear and footcare
- Second Deworming for round and hookworms x 2
- Discuss Bordetella (Kennel Cough) Vaccine with your veterinarian
- (* not included in Puppy Pack – $28 to add on)
- Third Vaccination – Rabies
- Third Examination/Physical
- Third and final deworming for round and hookworms
- Discuss spay/neuter
- Toe Nail Trim
When you choose our puppy health plans we offer a 10% discount on spay/neuter up until the age of 18 months (excluding mature spay surcharges). Also, if your puppy should become sick and need attention between the age of 8 weeks and 10 months of age, we offer a complimentary physical examination.
There are two packages available – the Full Package – 8 week start and the Partial Package for puppies a little older at 12 weeks start. Both packages are priced at a 10% discount vs completing the series one visit at a time. Payment for package is required on the first visit. Please contact our reception team for current prices.