1. Skip to navigation
  2. Skip to content
  3. Skip to sidebar
Davenport Road Animal Hospital Logo

Puppy Health Care

Cute puppy

A thorough physical examination is performed to ensure your puppy is in good health.

It is important that every puppy be vaccinated to prevent many infectious diseases that can cause illness and even death. A thorough physical examination is performed prior to any vaccination to ensure your puppy is in good health.

The following is the recommended health schedule for your new puppy.

8 weeks

  • Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (combination vaccine)
  • Stool Analysis
  • 1st Deworming

12 weeks

  • Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (combination vaccine)
  • Bordetella vaccine (intra nasal-for kennel cough) optional vaccine based on risk assessment
  • Stool Analysis
  • 2nd Deworming

16 weeks

  • Rabies
  • Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus (combination vaccine)
  • Stool Analysis
  • 3rd Deworming

Additional vaccines are available but should be given according to the individual risk of exposure. We will assess your unique situation and make recommendations based on environment, travel, etc.

16 weeks and up

  • Basic Blood Screen-prior to spay or neuter (can be done any time before procedure)

5 ½ to 6 mos.

  • Spay / Neuter surgery

Eye Care

Your puppy’s eyes should be clear and bright with no redness or discharge. A small amount of tearing is normal and can be wiped away with a damp cloth or cotton ball. If at any time your puppy’s eyes appear red, cloudy, irritated with or without discharge please call our office for an appointment.

Ear Care

Check your puppy’s ears weekly. A small amount of wax is normal and the outer ear can be wiped clean using a cotton ball and a veterinary recommended ear cleaner when necessary. Never clean the inner ear canal with a Q-tip. If you observe any unusual odour or debris in ear, seek veterinary care.

Feeding

Understanding your puppies nutritional needs will enable you to make smart food choices. Puppies grow very quickly and proper diet is paramount to development. Puppies should be fed diets specially formulated for each stage of development with amounts based on breed and nutritional requirements needed for optimum health.

Depending on the breed of your puppy diet may change up 3 times before maturity. We will give you choices and guidelines to follow throughout puppyhood well into adulthood.

Dental Care

Your puppy has 28 baby teeth. These teeth will be replaced by 42 permanent teeth between the ages of 4-9 months. At this time your puppy’s mouth may be tender.

It is important to develop a good oral hygiene regime as a puppy to maintain a healthy mouth that is odour free.

No one wants doggy breath!

Learning how to brush your puppies teeth effectively can help prevent bad breath and dental disease in the future.

We will show you how to make oral care easy for both of you.

Grooming

Introduce your puppy to regular grooming early. Start by gentle massage around the face, ears, neck, body and feet. Introducing brushing, combing and nail trimming will be much easier if your dog is comfortable with being handled. Use a brush to remove excess hair and a metal comb to prevent the hair coat from clumping or matting.

Your puppy’s coat should appear soft and shiny. Avoid over bathing as this can remove essential oils and dry out the hair coat. Always use shampoo and condition formulated for dogs. Using human shampoo can irritate skin and cause skin problems. We carry an exclusive line of quality shampoos and conditioners speciality formulated to maintain a healthy coat. 

Training

A well trained dog is a happy dog and a happy dog owner.  We are happy to provide you with effective training techniques from house training to obedience training. With every puppy visit we will review and address any concerns you may have. We will help training be an enjoyable and bonding experience for you both.

For more information on your puppy’s health please call our office.