Every puppy should be vaccinated against:

  • Parvo
  • Distemper
  • Adenovirus (Infectious Hepatitis)
  • Rabies

These are core vaccines that are administered every 3 weeks from the time a puppy is 6 weeks old and finishing at 18 weeks old. Rabies vaccine can be administered when the pet is 3 months old. Puppies receive this set of vaccinations because no one knows when maternal antibodies lose their effectiveness or when a puppy is capable of producing its own antibodies. It is recommended that puppies receive a full series of these core vaccines, followed by boosters when dogs are a year old.

Vaccination is important to the health and longevity of your new puppy or adult dog.

Every new pet should be screened and treated for internal parasites such as hookworms, roundworms, whipworms, and tapeworms. A fecal float is the test performed; dewormer is oral medication given to get rid of parasites. The fecal floatation test and dewormer is administered once a year. If a pet is vomiting or has diarrhea, the test and dewormer would be administered more often.

Proper parasite prevention is important to the comfort and health of your new puppy or adult dog.

Every dog needs to be on medication to prevent heartworms because heartworm disease is a life-threatening disease which is common and potentially fatal. We gladly discuss the pros and cons of each product with you and will help you choose the best one for your pet. We require annual heartworm tests in order to refill heartworm medications. If an animal has microfilaria (lots of immature heartworms) in its blood stream, it can go into anaphylactic shock if given heartworm medication. Also, heartworm medication will not kill heartworms that are more advanced than the microfilarial stage. Dogs that become infected with heartworms despite being on a preventative (e.g. forgetting to give the medication) can develop heart failure.

Heartworm prevention is important to your dog’s health, but it is often overlooked or forgotten.

Dogs should be treated for fleas. Fleas suck blood and can potentially spread disease to people and pets. Indoor/outdoor dogs need to be treated for fleas and ticks.

External parasites pose a threat to your puppy or adult dog because they may spread disease or lead to discomfort.

Every dog that will not be used to “improve the breed” should be spayed or neutered. Female dogs are “spayed”; Male dogs are “neutered.” Females should be spayed to prevent unwanted pregnancies, overpopulation of pets, and to afford protection against developing breast cancer. A female dog that is spayed before her first heat has a 0.5 risk of developing breast tumors compared to an unspayed dog whose chances of getting breast cancer increase to 26%!

Besides avoiding unwanted pups, the benefits of neutering dogs include: decreased roaming, decreased fighting, and reducing risks of prostatic disease and testicular cancer.

Help reduce the stray pet problem by spaying or neutering your dog.