It's only a few weeks before you bring your new puppy home. So now is a good time to choose your veterinary. A good place to start is word of mouth recommendations from family and friends. You also can do Google searches on some veterinaries and find ratings given by their customers. Sometimes just dropping into the veterinary and talking to the staff at the front desk can give you a lot of information about the professionalism of the clinic.
I will take your puppy to see the veterinary when he is 7 1/2 weeks of age. At that time, your puppy will be given an overall wellness check, a worming and his first set of shots.
Many people also like to bring their puppy to the veterinary within the first 2-3 days that they take their puppy home. This would not be the time to administer shots....since the puppies are under stress the first several days. But it is a good time to see that your puppy is adjusting well to his/her new home and also ask your veterinary any health questions you may have.
If you do not schedule a visit to the veterinary for a new puppy check, you should still make an appointment for his first shots from 11-12 weeks of age. The sooner you complete the series of puppy inoculations, the sooner your puppy can go out in public.
Here is a typical Vaccination schedule for puppies.... (ncluded in your Puppy Information Packet)
Vaccination Schedule for Puppies and Dogs
Distemper… an airborne viral disease of the lungs, intestines and brain
Hepatitis… a viral disease of the liver
Leptospirosis… a bacterial disease of the urinary tract
Parainfluenza.. an infection bronchitis
Parvovirus... a viral disease of the intestines
Rabies… a viral disease fatal to humans and other animals
Corona… a viral disease of the intestines
Bordatella.. a bacterial infection of the upper respiratory system (Kennel Cough)
Puppies (6 weeks to 1 year)
6-8 weeks…….first puppy shots (DHLPP) + Corona….. at breeders
11- 12 weeks… second set of shots (DHLPP) + corona
15-16 weeks….third set of shots (DHLPP) + corona
Over 4 mths… Rabies (repeat 1 year later)
7-9 months … first heartworm test
Adult dogs (after 1 year)
Hearworm Test …Yearly
Rabies…. You can get a 3yr shot