Puppies do a tremendous amount of growing in their first four months – almost the human equivalent of a child reaching the age of 6! Because of this, we recommend puppies be thoroughly examined and vaccinated monthly from 8 weeks of age to 16 weeks of age. A series of recommended vaccinations would include certain core vaccines such as rabies, distemper and parvovirus. Depending upon your puppy’s environment, exposure and planned lifestyle, there are other vaccinations our veterinarians may recommend to keep your pet healthy and happy. You can read about them in this website!
In addition to regular wellness exams and vaccinations, all puppies should have a fecal sample tested for intestinal parasites. Roundworms, the most common intestinal worm of puppies, can cause diarrhea, vomiting, unthriftiness, and a host of other symptoms. Our fecal test checks for multiple types of intestinal parasites as well as giardia, a diarrhea-causing microorganism. Most puppies are born with intestinal parasites, and their evidence is usually not visible to the naked eye even in the stool sample; that is why we perform a microscopic exam.
During your puppy’s wellness exams, our doctors will discuss – or answer any questions about – such things as behavior, housetraining, special dietary needs for certain breeds, etc.. These first few months are very important to the healthy growth and development of your newest family member, and our goal is to help make them as free of care as possible.