PUPPY HEALTH PLAN
1. Vaccinations: 8 weeks 1st DHP/P-L4 and Bordetella IN
12 weeks 2nd DHP/P-L4, 1st CIV
16 weeks 3rd DHP/P-L4, 2ND CIV and Rabies
DHP/P-L4 is a five in one vaccine that includes protection against distemper, hepatitis, parvo, parainfluenza and Lepto.
Leptosporosis is a deadly bacterial disease spread by wildlife.
Bordetella IN is a vaccine for kennel cough.
Influenza (CIV) is a vaccine for canine influenza. Kennel cough and influenza are highly contagious viruses. These vaccines are recommended yearly and some may require additional boosters to maintain a full year of protection.
Rabies is given every three years after the initial vaccine, which is only current for one year. In the state of Kansas the rabies vaccine is a legal requirement. If you live within the city limits you are required to have a city license for your pet.
A proper diet is essential to maintaining good health. We recommend Hills Science Diet and Prescription Diet foods. Always make sure your pet has access to fresh water.
3. Heartworm Prevention:
We recommend starting heartworm prevention as young as eight weeks. A puppy under six months of age can be started on a heartworm preventative without performing a test first. Puppies over the age of six months need tested prior to starting a preventative. Heartworm disease develops when a dog is bitten by a mosquito carrying microscopic heartworm larvae. Adult heartworms often cause lung disease and heart failure. A heartworm test, which is ran using a small blood sample, is required yearly to ensure your pet is healthy and heartworm free. Prevention is always more safe and affordable than treating dogs with adult heartworm infections. The heartworm preventives available are also effective at preventing certain intestinal parasite infections. We recommend prevention all year round!
Heartgard Plus chewable heartworm preventive also hookworm and roundworm control
Iverhart Max chewable heartworm preventive also hookworm, roundworm and tapeworm control
Advantage Multi topical heartworm preventive also flea, hookworm, roundworm and whipworm control
4. Fecal exam:
A fecal exam should be done yearly. If you are able to collect a fresh stool sample please bring it to our office as soon as possible. The sample may be refrigerated for up to 24 hours. This is recommended to check for intestinal parasites which can be passed to people. A strategic deworming program may be suggested for you and your animals’ protection.
To prevent unwanted behavior and many medical problems we recommend spaying or neutering your pet between the ages of five to six months. If your pet is older and not spayed or neutered we recommend having the procedure done as soon as possible because as pets age medical problems can arise.
A microchip is the best form of identification because it is permanent. A microchip can be implanted at any time. A collar and tags are also a very important form of identification. We offer personalized tag engraving.
Routinely brushing your pets’ teeth with appropriate toothpaste is recommended. As your pet ages they may require dental cleanings to help ensure that they stay healthy. Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats.
8. Flea/Tick/Fly control:
Flea and tick control is recommended year round to prevent any infestations from occurring. At the very minimum prevention should be used starting in early spring and continuing through late fall until we receive several hard freezes. Nexgard (oral-fleas, ticks), Simparica (oral-fleas, ticks), Bravecto (oral and topical fleas, ticks) are available by prescription only and Seresto Collar (fleas, ticks) and Vectra 3D (topical flea, tick) are OTC products.
Depending on the breed and coat length regular bathing, brushing and haircuts may be recommended. Pedicures or toenail trims are also part of regular grooming. We have grooming services available.