Your Puppy's First Year


8 Weeks of Age

Veterinary Care
Our vaccination Program begins at 8 weeks of age protecting your puppy against the following viruses: distemper, hepatitis, parvo virus, corona, parainfluenza and leptospirosis (DA2CPPL) Please submit a stool sample for worm analysis.

Development
Your puppy needs lots of human contact and must be taught to accept all forms of routine handling, including nail trimming.  Puppies need to socialize with new people, environments and other pets in order to develop healthy relationships.  Crate training and house training begin.


12 Weeks of Age

Veterinary Care
Your second puppy visit will include a physical examination and a booster for DA2CPPL as well as the intranasal kennel cough vaccine.

Development
Your puppy’s size increases rapidly and motor control is better developed.  Introduce simple commands such as come, sit, down stay with the use of treats.  We recommend puppy classes 2 weeks after these shots.


16 Weeks

Veterinary Care
Your third puppy visit is a booster  of DA2PPL and a rabies vaccine.  Advise re-check of stool for worms.  Can start puppy on heartworm and flea prevention programs and start brushing their teeth!

Development
Your puppy begins to lose their baby teeth.  This means a lot of chewing on things, so be prepared with proper, safe chewing toys.


4-6 Months

Veterinary Care
Ready for spay or neuter at 5-6 months, depending on development.  Hip dysplasia x-rays for high risk breeds can also be done at this time.

Development
Puppy coat is slowly being replaced by a distinctive adult coat.


6-12 Months

Veterinary Care
Revaccinate at one year from rabies vaccination and yearly thereafter.  It is recommended that each spring your dog be tested for heartworm and placed on preventive medication. 

Development
Your puppy begins to sexually mature; male begins to lift his leg, females have their first heat cycle anywhere from 6-18 months.  Timing varies from breed to breed.