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 your puppy and offer it 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 your puppy and may administer its first vaccinations.
- Schedule the next regular health check.
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 16 weeks old.
- Canine distemper
- Andenovirus-2 (Hepatitis)
- Canine Parainfluenza
- Canine Parvovirus
PUPPY PARASITIC CONTROL
Discuss with your vet on all the common parasitic preventive measures particularly on parasites commonly found in our region
- Intestinal worms
- Canine Heartworms
- External parasites such as ticks, fleas, mites and lice
Some of these parasites has the potential of being zoonotic, being able to transmit and infect humans. Thus ensuring the appropriate preventive measures chosen is crucial