Puppy timeline. What to expect when caring for your brand new puppy
1st puppy vaccination
The first puppy vaccination usually occurs with the breeder at 6 weeks of age. Puppies should be wormed every 2 weeks until they are 12 weeks of age. This vaccination takes 7-10 days to take effect
Time for a new home
Puppies should stay with their mum until at least 8 weeks of age to give time for their 1st vaccination to take effect and to help with social skills . Worming is due.
Start puppy preschool
Puppies socialisation period starts at 3 weeks and goes until 12 weeks. During this period they should be socialised as much as possible as safely as possible. Positive experiences during this time have a lasting effect on your pup for life. Pups should have had their 1st vaccination and be healthy to attend puppy preschool.
Vaccination is due
Puppies need repeated vaccinations particularly for parvovirus. Some puppies have antibodies from their mum which stops the vaccination from working. Most pups have lost this immunity at 10 weeks and the vaccination will now work. Worming is due again.
Start parasite control
Start using Simparica Flea and Tick Control monthly.
Worming is due and is done monthly until 6 months.
The annual Heartworm injection is started now. It reaches back and protects them from birth through to 6 months of age
Final puppy vaccination
Pups should be 16 weeks or older when they receive their final vaccination. This ensures that yours is one of the few pups to have not responded to previous vaccinations (because they still had high circulating maternal antibodies) they will be protected.
Desexing, worming, flea & tick
Use Cazitel and Simparica to protect against fleas and ticks. Consider desexing at this age (discuss the advised age for individuals with your vet)
6 month checkup
6 months is the perfect age for puppies to have their 1st annual health check with the veterinarian. Developmental issues such as hernias and abnormal tooth development can be detected at this time with a simple physical examination. Long-lasting (3 year protection) vaccination can be given for Distemper, Parvovirus and hepatitis, the annual heartworm injection and worming and flea and tick control can be given. Worming is now given every 3 months for life.
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