Puppy's need a healthy start so they can lead a long healthy life.
Community Animal Hospital's recommendations for your Puppy:
WELLNESS VISITS: The first few months with your puppy sets the stage for a life time of joy and friendship. Puppy wellness visits aren’t just for vaccines: they are an important opportunity to ask questions of the doctors and staff about any health, training or behaviorial concerns you have about your new family member.
Distemper/Parvo: We recommend vaccinating against canine distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, parainfluenza and adenovirus at 8, 12 and 16 weeks.
Rabies: We give your puppy’s first rabies shot at the 16 week puppy visit.
Bordatella: We recommend the bordatella (kennel cough) vaccine for puppies who are boarded, go to the groomer or spend a lot of time around other dogs. We administer an intranasal vaccine on your 12 week puppy visit.
Intestinal Parasites: Because of the zoonotic (can be spread to humans, especially small children) potential of common intestinal parasites, we recommend that all puppies have their stool examined. Fecal examination entails giardia elisa testing, and microscopic examination of a direct and flotation preparation of feces to check for worm ovum and coccidia.
Heartworm: We recommend starting your puppy on heartworm prevention at 12 weeks and keeping them on it year-round. Puppies under 6 months of age do not need to be tested prior to starting heartworm prevention. We use Heartgard Plus which also protects against round and hookworm infections.
Fleas/ticks: The incidence of these parasites varies according to season in Eastern Idaho. Our main problem times are Spring and Summer. During our high risk times, or if you are traveling to an area with greater incidence of fleas and ticks, we recommend Frontline Plus for prevention in puppies over 8 weeks.
MICROCHIPPING: We strongly recommend microchipping your new family member. Pets who are microchipped are much more likely to be returned to their family than pets who aren’t chipped. We use the AKC microchip and lifetime registration with AKC’s CAR (Companion Animal Recovery) service is included in the implantation fee. These microchips are ISO compatible and can be used for international travel. Microchipping can be performed at any of your puppy’s wellness visits, or you can have it done at time of spaying/neutering.
Spaying and neutering decreases or eliminates the risk of developing certain life-threatening or costly diseases in our beloved pets. For this reason we recommend spaying or neutering your dog at some point in her/his life. For small to medium sized dogs this will be around 4-6 months of age. For large or giant breed dogs we recommend having this procedure performed at 9-12 months. If you have questions or concerns about this procedure, or are thinking about breeding your puppy, please talk to the doctors at one of your puppy’s wellness visits to determine what is right for your individual dog and household.
Our puppy programs include wellness visits, your puppy’s distemper/parvo, bordatella and rabies vaccinations, toenail trims, fecal examination, 2 doses of pyrantel de-wormer, toothbrush, puppy food, first dose of Heartgard, coupons for Frontline and training handouts. Programs are available for pups who are 6-8 weeks and over 12 weeks. When you purchase one of the puppy programs you receive a 25% discount on these important wellness procedures.