Congratulations on your new puppy!
Bringing a new puppy into a household is a very exciting time and the staff at Animal Medical Clinic would love to provide your puppy with the best care.
Puppies need to be on a strict round of vaccines that are given at 6,9,12, and 15 weeks of age. These vaccines are crucial in assuring that your puppy grows to be a happy and healthy pet. Below, you will find the vaccination schedule for the first 15 weeks along with a brief description of what each vaccine protects against:
|6||Da2pp #1 and Bordetella|
|12||Da2pp #3 and Leptospirosis #1|
|15||Rabies and Leptospirosis #2|
Da2pp – this a combination vaccine that includes distemper, canine adenovirus, parvo, parainfluenza, and hepatitis
Bordetella – this vaccine protects against kennel cough; we booster the Bordetella vaccine every 6 months
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease spread through the urine of wildlife ( squirrels, deer, raccoon’s, etc.). Lepto is zoonotic (meaning it can be passed to people), is often times fatal in dogs’, and due to the high prevalence of Lepto in the NWA area, we vaccinate for Lepto every 6 months.
Rabies – For puppies, Rabies vaccines are only good for 1 year; when the pet turns a year old, they will be eligible for a 3 year vaccine.
When you bring your puppy in for the first time, your Veterinarian will perform a physical exam which includes analyzing a stool sample. Often times, puppies are hosts to internal parasites that can be harmful to the puppy if not treated. If the fecal flotation shows that worms are present, we can give you a dose of dewormer that should flush the parasites out. If you can bring a stool sample with you to your puppy’s appointment, we won’t have to take one which will help make the appointment a little less stressful.
We recommend spaying and neutering between 5 and 6 months of age. Pets’ that are spayed and neutered have lower risks of developing some cancers and other illnesses and tend to have fewer problems with aggression, fighting, and roaming out of the yard. Spaying and neutering surgeries are done Monday through Friday – to schedule your pet’s surgery please call the clinic at 521-5220.
Microchipping is an easy, permanent form of identification for your pet. The microchip, which is equal in size to a grain of rice, is placed under the pet’s skin by injection. If you live in Fayetteville, there is an ordinance in place requiring all pets to be microchipped. We can implant the microchip at any time – whether you would like to do it at your pet’s next appointment or during any surgical procedure. We use universal HomeAgainmicrochips in the clinic.