It’s so exciting! You just brought home a new pup and now it’s time to take him or her to the vet to complete the health check guarantee! The relationship between an owner and their veterinarian is special and important. We all want the best for our animals and our veterinarians live every day trying to educate and help us succeed with our mission. It can be difficult to wrap our minds around everything our little fur babies need to protect themselves against invisible dangers. So we provide the past medical history for each puppy and a chart of what they are due for in the future. This chart is the result of our discussions with our veterinarian and what they would like to see in puppies vaccine records for our Pacific Northwest region and locally in the Eugene/Fern Ridge area.
Example from Tobias x Massa’s recent litter.
|Date||Age||Product||What It’s For|
|2/5/20||2 wks||Nemex-2 by Zoetis||De-wormer of Toxocara canis, Toxascaris leonina, Ancylostoma caninum and Uncinaria stenocephala.|
|2/12/20||3 wks||Nemex-2 by Zoetis||De-wormer- Same as above|
|2/19/20||4 wks||Nemex-2 by Zoetis||De-wormer- Same as above|
|3/5/20||6 wks||Nemex-2 by Zoetis||De-wormer- Same as above|
|3/12/20||7 wks||AKC Reunite||Microchipped|
|3/18/20||8 wks||Vanguard Plus 5||First Shots- canine distemper (CD) virus, canine adenovirus type 1 (CAV-1), canine adenovirus type 2 (CAV-2), canine parainfluenza (CPI) virus, and canine parvovirus (CPV).|
|3/18/20||8 wks||Zoetis- F||Canine Influenza|
|3/18/20||8 wks||Nemex-2 by Zoetis||De-wormer|
|Due: 4/1/20||10 wks||Sprectra 9 or 10||Second Shots- same as Vanguard Plus 5|
|Due: 4/1/20||10 wks||Nemex-2 by Zoetis||De-wormer|
|Due: 4/15/20||12 wks||Spectra 9 or 10||Third Shots|
|Due: 4/15/20||12 wks||Zoetis-F||Influenza Booster|
|Due: 4/29/20||16 wks||Spectra 9 or 10 & Rabies||Fourth Shot & Rabies|
|Due: 1/22/21||1 yr||Spectra 9 or 10 & Rabies||Annual Booster|
You’re probably looking at the vaccine schedule and thinking “Oh man, I don’t want to visit the vet clinic every couple weeks!” Luckily most of the medication your puppy needs YOU can administer! Everything except Heartgard and the rabies vaccine you can get from your local farm store or online pet supply retailer. Just make sure to check the expiration dates before purchasing from any local store.
Interestingly enough it’s not about how many shots the puppy receives, rather the specific age we give the vaccines. AKC’s following video interviewed Dr. Jerry Klein where he explained the medical treatments for puppies during their first year of life. I encourage you to check it out:
If you have never given a vaccine to a dog before there are plenty of videos on YouTube showing you how to administer these vaccines if you didn’t get the chance to ask your veterinarian. Trust me, it is much easier giving a shot than receiving one! And chances are your veterinarian or at least one in the clinic has a case of Trypanophobia!