During each visit we will perform a comprehensive physical examination to check your puppy’s mouth, teeth, eyes, ears, skin, heart, lungs, and abdomen. A fecal exam for intestinal parasites is also recommended at this time, along with any necessary deworming. We will also discuss diet, housetraining, any potential behavior issues, dental care and many other things during these visits. This a crucial time in your new puppy’s life, as this is the time when any developmental abnormalities can be detected, immunizations and deworming can be completed, and we can head off any unwanted behavior.
Vaccinations are an inexpensive way to protect your pet against costly treatment or premature death. Many canine diseases can now be prevented through vaccinations. Even if always kept indoors, your dog can be exposed to viruses and bacteria carried in the air, dust, or on clothing. Puppies require a series of vaccines starting at 7-8 weeks of age and given 2-3 weeks apart until 14 weeks of age (varies by breed). Boosters are then needed to maintain immunity every 1-3 years. The vaccines that we offer for canines are Rabies, DAP combo (Distemper, Adenovirus, Parvovirus), Leptospirosis, Lyme, Bordetella.
Rabies is a fatal virus that affects the nervous system. The virus is shed in the saliva and transmitted by the bite of an infected animal. This vaccine is required by Michigan State Law, as this disease can be transmitted to people.
Distemper is a highly contagious viral disease that affects numerous body systems including the lungs, brain and spinal cord. It is especially dangerous to puppies and is often a fatal disease.
Adenovirus is a rare, but highly contagious viral disease that causes severe respiratory infections.
Parvovirus is a highly contagious virus resulting in severe dehydration, diarrhea, and vomiting. It is potentially deadly to dogs, especially puppies.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that causes kidney and/or liver disease. This disease is spread by contact of urine from infected dogs, wild rodents, raccoons, squirrels, and skunks. This disease can easily spread to other pets and humans.
Lyme disease is caused by a bacteria transmitted by the bite of an infected deer tick. The disease can cause acute arthritis, lameness, and kidney damage. Vaccination is recommended if you live or travel to wooded areas or areas with tall grasses with your dog. Lyme disease is found in almost every state in the United States.
Bordetella is one of the most common causes of kennel cough. Kennel cough is a contagious disease, causing a persistent, dry hacking cough.