New puppies should be examined as soon as possible to be sure they are in good health and started on preventive care to keep them healthy. We recommend all pets have a comprehensive physical examination prior to vaccination. Just as with people, a physical examination may be the most important component of an office visit, allowing us the opportunity to completely examine your pet and discuss any medical problems.
At each visit your puppy will be weighed and we will check your puppy’s skin and coat, teeth and gums, eyes, ears, heart and lungs. During the course of your puppy’s visits we will discuss diet, exercise, flea and tick prevention, potty training, puppy behavior, Lyme Disease, whether your puppy needs a Bordetella vaccine and the benefits of spaying or neutering.
A small amount of fresh stool is needed to check for the intestinal parasites that are frequently found in puppies. Roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, coccidia and several other species are commonly found in this area. Proper diagnosis can only be made by a microscopic examination of a stool specimen in the laboratory. For puppies, we recommend two stool exams.
We will dispense a dose of deworming medicine for your puppy that is effective against tapeworms, whipworms, roundworms and hookworms. Drontal Plus will help prevent the shedding of parasite eggs that are a public health concern, especially for children.
We will dispense a chewable heartworm prevention tablet for your puppy. Heartworms are parasites that are spread by mosquitoes and they are prevalent in this area. Heartgard Plus not only protects against heartworms, but also roundworms and hookworms, which can affect humans, especially children. As your puppy grows we will prescribe a dose of medication appropriate for their weight. Heartgard Plus should be given monthly on a year round basis.
A Distemper Combination Vaccine will protect your dog against:
A viral disease that causes diarrhea, pneumonia, ocular and nasal discharge and can cause nervous system abnormalities (twitching, convulsions, etc.). The mortality rate is high.
A viral disease of the liver that has a high mortality rate.
A viral disease of the respiratory system.
The agent responsible for an acute digestive system disease. Vomiting and severe diarrhea accompanied by dehydration result in a high mortality rate.
A bacterial disease that causes severe liver and kidney damage in dogs and can also make people very ill. This disease can often be fatal.
In order to establish immunity, we recommend a series of three injections, beginning at 8 weeks of age, and given at 4-week intervals. The leptospirosis vaccine is not included at 8 weeks. The last vaccine must be given at 16 weeks of age. A single annual Distemper Combination booster is recommended one year following the initial series and on alternating years (every three years) for adult dogs. The leptospirosis vaccine is given yearly.
Rabies is a viral disease that can affect animals and humans. Law in Illinois requires vaccination against this disease. Your puppy’s first vaccination is given at 15-16 weeks of age and is a one-year vaccine. One year later, your puppy will receive a three year rabies vaccine and every three years during your dogs adult life. Rabies tag fees and requirements vary from county to county. If appropriate we will issue a rabies tag for your puppy and register them with your county. You may elect to receive one year rabies vaccines, however, when possible, we recommend three year vaccinations.
This permanent identification can be done during any office visit or at the time of your pets spay or neuter surgery (about 6 months of age).
Spaying of females and neutering of males is recommended for all pets not intended for breeding. Risk of breast cancer may be significantly reduced as well as certain undesirable behaviors. We recommend surgery when your pet is about 6 months old.
A highly contagious airborne disease, resulting in a cough lasting up to three weeks. It is not life threatening for healthy animals. An annual vaccination is recommended for all dogs that may be boarded, shown, or in close contact with other dogs. *Many kennels require a current Distemper Combination booster and Bordetella vaccine.
An intestinal virus. It is not life threatening. Vaccination is only recommended if required by a kennel for boarding.
A tick borne bacterial infection, which can cause arthritis and fever. Vaccination may be recommended for dogs traveling to areas where Lyme disease is prevalent.
A highly contagious disease. While not currently common, outbreaks in other areas of the country have caused very serious illness. Many dogs that receive bordetella should also be vaccinated for Canine Influenza.