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Anderson Creek Mobile Veterinary Services - Puppy Wellness
Puppies require a series of vaccines and medicines to support their developing immune systems. We want to avoid preventable and sometimes deadly infections and to protect the health of your family.
Distemper combination vaccines: We recommend a series of four "puppy shots" that are individualized based on the size and breed of your puppy beginning at 6-8 weeks of age. These are the boosters that contain the parvovirus and distemper vaccines. Some breeders claim to do their own vaccines before you purchase the puppy but it is important to note that unless a vaccine is given under the direction of a licensed veterinarian, we cannot be sure of the origin, transport, or storage of the vaccine or whether it was given appropriately. It is ACVMS's recommendation that puppies receive four scheduled vaccinations with the oversight of a veterinarian before they are considered protected from disease.
Rabies vaccination: Puppies will be vaccinated for Rabies between 12-16 weeks of age depending on their vaccination schedule. They will receive a rabies tag and certificate at this time.
Bordetella vaccination: Kennel cough is a highly contagious disease that is very easily spread between dogs even before they look sick. The majority of groomers and boarding facilities require this vaccine to be current. We recommend two boosters during the puppy series.
Fecal tests: We recommend two comprehensive fecal tests during the puppy series. This allows us to identify any parasites that may not be covered during routine puppy deworming or a lag in the parasite life cycles. This is a critical part of the puppy wellness plan as many of the parasites carried can be passed to human family members.
Deworming: The American Animal Hospital Association recommends a regular deworming schedule for puppies beginning at two weeks of age. We integrate this schedule into three of the four puppy vaccination visits. The dewormer we choose is specific for each puppy based on its history and fecal test findings.
Heartworm prevention: Monthly heartworm prevention is started near the end of the puppy series based on the individual's needs. Heartworms are spread by a mosquito bite and the disease is considered endemic in North Carolina. This is a potentially fatal disease that is complicated, dangerous and expensive to treat. It is also almost 100% preventable when a prescription heartworm preventative is used monthly. When used appropriately, most heartworm preventatives will also protect your dog against common intestinal parasites.
Female puppy spay: By spaying your female puppy before her first heat cycle, you can reduce her risk of the most common type of breast cancer by greater than 95%. If she is allowed even just one heat cycle before her spay, the risk reduction drops to only 75% and drops further with each cycle. We recommend spaying by six months of age.
Male puppy neuter: We recommend neutering male puppies also by six months of age to avoid the development of bad habits that are hard to break like marking in-doors and escaping the house and yard
Microchipping: ACMVS recommends your puppy is microchipped when it is spayed or neutered in case they get lost. A microchip allows animal control, stray facilities, and other animal hospitals to reunite lost pets with their families. If you are a military family, this is of special importance to you as many countries require the pet to be microchipped before import during your PCS.