A Puppy's First Exam

on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 Posted in VetNotes, Dogs, General, News

A Puppy's First Exam

Choosing a puppy is an exciting time. It can also be a bit stressful. There is a lot of research that goes into it: Training, breed, size, what kind of food, lifestyle, and tons more of decisions are thought out. One of the biggest decisions to make is when to get your new puppy to the vet for its first exam.

In a recent video posted on our Facebook page, Dr. Natasha Vilchez went through the steps of a puppy’s first vet visit.  

First, the vaccines: Canine parvovirus, distemper, canine hepatitis and rabies. “Dogs start the vaccine series at 8 weeks of age and continue to 16 weeks when they receive their rabies vaccination. If puppies start the series late they will receive their initial vaccination and at least one booster vaccinations,” Dr. Vilchez explained.





“Other vaccines such as Bordetella, Lyme, and Leptospira are given depending on the dog’s exposure risk. Lyme disease is carried by ticks and dogs are at higher risk for exposure when they frequent heavily wooded areas or frequent states up north where tick populations are higher. Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacteria that plays a role in infectious tracheobronchitis (kennel cough) and is contracted from close contact with other dogs- such as at the groomer, boarding, dog parks, or even nose-to-nose contact when out on walks. Leptospira (Lepto) is a bacterium that is shed by wildlife into standing bodies of water that can cause liver and kidney damage. Any dog that frequents dog parks or has access to standing water should be vaccinated against Leptospira.”

The second part of the exam is a discussion with owners on dental hygiene, starting heartworm and parasite prevention, how potty training is progressing, proper socialization techniques, obedience training, diet, and whether the patient is to be spayed/neutered. Having your pet microchipped is also something to consider ensuring your pet is identified quickly if ever lost. 

Choosing a puppy is a bit stressful, but very exciting and definitely worth it. Going to the vet for the fist time with your new baby shouldn’t add to the stress. We see new patients/clients and do puppy and kitten exams at both Buffalo Ridge location.