Bowmanville Veterinary Clinic

2826 HWY 2
Bowmanville, ON L1C 3K5

(905)623-4431

www.bowmanvilleveterinaryclinic.com

PUPPY SCHEDULE

A protective response is what the Veterinarian is aiming for when vaccinating your puppy, priming the immune system to produce antibodies and neutralize infectious organisms before they have a chance to induce disease. Ideally, this is achieved through a standard schedule involving vaccines at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age.

Variations to a schedule become necessary when, for instance, a puppy is vaccinated at 8 weeks of age, then again at 16 weeks.  A good protective response is unlikely now that the antibody levels have probably fallen to a low level that will not provide protection. Further vaccination will be necessary.  At your first visit, the veterinarian will recommend the ideal schedule of vaccination for your puppy, depending on age, previous vaccines, and risk assessment.

7 - 9 WEEKS OF AGE

Full physical examination & consultation
Vaccination - DHPP (1st) distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, parvovirus
Consider kennel cough
Fecal analysis for parasites
Strategic deworming every 2 weeks for 3 treatments (complimentary Sentinel/Interceptor/Sentinel 12 month)
Year-round flea, internal parasite, heartworm and tick prevention
 

12 WEEKS OF AGE

Full physical examination & consultation
Vaccination - DHPP (2nd)
Vaccination - Leptospirosis 1st if in risk group
Consider kennel cough if not yet given
Strategic deworming every 2 weeks for 3 treatments (see above)
Year-round flea, internal parasite, heartworm and tick prevention

16 WEEKS OF AGE

Full physical examination & consultation
Vaccination – DHPP (3rd)
Vaccination – Rabies
Booster Lepto
Consider kennel cough if not yet given
Repeat fecal analysis for parasites
Strategic deworming once every month until 12 months of age
Year-round flea, internal parasite, heartworm and tick prevention
Consider Lyme vaccine if risk indicated (Lyme vaccines are usually administered separately from Leptosporosis. The initial series require two vaccines 3-4 weeks apart)  

6 MONTHS OF AGE

Ovariohysterectomy (spay) - female dogs
Castration (neuter) - male dogs
6 months of age is a good time to spay or neuter since all adult teeth should be in by this time, which means baby teeth, if retained, should be extracted.

YEARLY

Full physical examination & consultation
Vaccination - DHPP
Vaccination - Rabies, unless 3-year vaccine
Vaccination – Kennel Cough/Leptospirosis/Lyme
Fecal analysis for parasites
Year-round flea, internal parasite, heartworm and tick prevention
 MICROCHIP

Microchip pet identification may be done at any time, although many people choose to have this done at the time of the spay or neuter since it saves the pet a pinprick.

YEAR ROUND DEWORMING

Why deworm regularly?  Some of the most prevalent intestinal worms such as roundworm and hookworm may affect humans ("zoonoses"), especially children and people with suppressed immune systems.  Which treatment is most appropriate for your pet(s)?  Please consult with your Veterinarian.    

PARASITE CONTROL

Important Parasite Information Click Here

A NOTE ABOUT PARVO VIRUS

Parvo virus is a serious disease of vomiting and diarrhea affecting primarily young dogs (6 weeks to 6 months of age) although any age can be affected.  The highest risk breeds include the Rottweiller, Doberman Pinscher, German Shepherd and Labrador Retriever.  It is a hardy virus that is contracted through exposure to infected dogs or infected stool.  Your puppy’s core vaccines help protect against this deadly virus.  It is important to keep your puppy safe from this virus until he/she is fully vaccinated; i.e. do not visit parks or areas where a lot of dogs go to relieve themselves.