Your Puppy’s First Visit

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First vet visit

Along with ideal nutrition, scheduling regular visits to the veterinarian is the key to your puppy’s enduring health and happiness. Your first visit will most likely be when your puppy is 8–10 weeks old.

Getting ready for your puppy’s vet visit

  • Let the veterinarian’s staff pet her and offer her treats.
  • If you project a calm, upbeat attitude, your dog will likely be calm, too.
  • Some experts recommend scheduling “just dropping in” visits so your pup gets used to the vet’s location.

The First Appointment

  • You’ll be asked basic information, and a staff member may weigh your pup.
  • You’ll be asked about your puppy’s diet and lifestyle.
  • You’ll get to ask about your puppy’s care.
  • The veterinarian will examine her and may administer her first vaccinations.
  • Schedule the next regular health check.

Puppy Vaccinations

  • Make sure you ask your vet about any required or optional vaccinations that will provide the best protection against infectious diseases.
  • The vaccination series below is begun as early as 6 weeks old, with boosters given 3 to 4 weeks apart until puppies are 12 to 16 weeks old.
    • Canine distemper
    • Andenovirus–2 (Hepatitis)
    • Canine Parainfluenza
    • Canine Parvovirus
    • Bordetella (kennel cough)

Puppy Worming

  • Your breeder or shelter should have informed you of your puppy’s worming schedule.
  • Your vet may ask you for a stool sample to analyze and will advise on the best treatment if any issues are found.

Your puppy’s immune system is vitally important to her well–being but takes time to fully develop. Initially, in the first 24 hours after birth, protective antibodies will have come from her mother’s milk. This special milk, known as colostrum, provided protection for the first 4 to 8 weeks of your puppy’s life. However, after this period, your puppy’s immune system is still relatively undeveloped and may not be able to protect her well.

Research has shown that feeding high–quality puppy nutrition like EUKANUBA™ that contains additional antioxidants can help support the immune response of young puppies during this period of vulnerability. Foods containing antioxidants can help support a healthy immune system.