Dog Care Recommendations
Animals age more quickly than humans do, so it is important that they get a wellness examination and receive booster vaccinations every year. Regular wellness examinations ensure that health problems are discovered early on, so that we can provide the best treatments possible. Most vaccines require annual boosters.
Puppies need to receive a series of vaccines and dewormings. The first round, a DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus) vaccine and dewormer, is usually done around 6-8 weeks of age. Many breeders administer the first round themselves. The DHPP and dewormer are repeated three weeks later, around 9-11 weeks of age. At 12-14 weeks, the puppy should receive a Parvovirus vaccine and another dewormer. At 16 weeks of age, your pet needs to get a rabies vaccine, DHPP or DHLPP vaccine (depending on breed), and its last dewormer. See our Puppy Packages page to find out how to save on the vaccines and dewormers that your puppy needs.
We recommend spaying females or neutering males at 6 months of age. This allows time for development, improves the animal's capability to metabolize anesthetic drugs, and helps to prevent future health problems.
One year after its final round of puppy vaccines, your dog should receive boosters of the rabies vaccine and the DHLPP. A wellness exam and 4DX test, which tests for heartworms, Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis, are also important. We can also do fecal examinations to check for parasites and can run bloodwork so that we have a baseline in case your pet gets sick.
In following years, if the dog is kept up-to-date, rabies boosters are good for three years. If the animal is not kept up-to-date, boosters are good for one year instead of three. Every year, the dog should receive a DHLPP vaccine, wellness exam, and 4DX test.
Smaller breeds of dogs tend to become geriatric at a later age than larger breeds. Large dogs are typically considered geriatric around age 6, while smaller dogs are considered geriatric around age 7. Older dogs should continue to receive rabies vaccines, DHLPP vaccines, and 4DX tests as usual. We recommend wellness exams and bloodwork at least once per year to ensure that any health problems are discovered as early as possible. We can also run thyroid tests, perform x-rays, and check your pet's blood pressure if you wish.