Newborn puppies receive disease fighting antibodies in their mother’s milk. However, these antibodies start to decrease at about the 6 week mark. After that your puppy requires vaccinations to stimulate their own immune system to produce antibodies. At Chinook Country Veterinary Clinic we recommend that puppies receive vaccines at the 6-8 week mark, and receive a booster at the 10-12 week mark and again at 14-26 week mark.
At their initial visit, 6-8 weeks of age, our veterinarians will do a full health exam, and vaccinate your animal against Canine Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis, and Parvovirus. As well a member of our Health Care Team will deworm your pet. Our protocol for deworming your animal is every 2 weeks until they are 3 months of age, then every month until they are 6 months of age, then every 3-4 months for life. A member of our Health Care Team will also take the time in this visit to discuss any concerns you may have in regards to your pup’s diet, neutering, socialization, obedience, and any risks that may occur when traveling. If you have young children, elderly people in your home or any additional health concerns you may wish to discuss them with the Veterinarian at this time.
At their next visit, 10-12 weeks of age, our veterinarians will again perform a complete health exam, an exam must be performed each time the animal is vaccinated as puppies just like babies change so much in the first few months of growth. After the health exam has been performed the Veterinarian will then booster your animal’s Canine Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis and Parvovirus vaccination and depending on the animal, we may give an intranasal vaccination against Bordetella (kennel cough). A member of our Health Care Team will discuss any questions you have regarding your pups well being and any issues you may have with house training, any genetic concerns with the breed of your pup, the occurrence of hip dysplasia and/or luxating patellas in your pet’s breed. If you are choosing to use your pup as breeding stock they may discuss the need for future Penn Hip x-rays and the likelihood of c-sections, blood work need for pre-breeding screens.
During the third visit, 14-16 weeks of age, our veterinarians will again administer a complete health exam. They will then perform the final booster for Canine Distemper, Infectious Canine Hepatitis and Parvovirus; and administer the rabies vaccine (requires a 1 year booster); these vaccines will not require a booster vaccine for 3 years if all vaccines were performed with us. If a different type of vaccine was used initially this may alter your particular pet’s vaccine schedule. A member of our Health Care Team will also dental care, grooming, and long term maintenance, and re-visit the topics of neutering and obedience. We will also give you some pre-surgical information to review prior to your pet’s next visit.
The next time we should see your pet should be when they are 5-6 months of age (sometimes earlier depending on the breed) for their neutering and possible Bordetella booster. We recommend neutering unless you are using your pet for breeding.