Dear New Client & Patient,
Thank you for choosing Happy Tails Animal Hospital for your pet care needs. We are excited to meet your new family member and can not wait to show you all that we have to offer.
Getting a new puppy can be very exciting and also daunting when you start to think about what they may need at their first veterinary visit. Please see our other blogs on puppies that help cover many new puppy questions and concerns. Such as Spaying & Neutering, Microchipping and Vaccines.
At your puppy’s first visit with us we will go over the provided packet of information as well as address any questions or concerns you may have. We will also look over any vaccination records that your puppy came with and let you know what vaccines your puppy may be due for. Puppies start their vaccine series at 6-8 weeks of age. Many breeders will start the Distemper vaccine while the puppies are in their care. The Distemper vaccine is given every 3-4 weeks until around 16 weeks of age. The rabies vaccine is given typically between 12-16 weeks of age. During this time we will also discuss your lifestyle and recommend other vaccines based on your pets disease risk.
What vaccines your puppy will be due for depends on their age and previous vaccination history. If your puppy has had vaccines done by the breeder they will not be due for more vaccines until 3-4 weeks after that vaccination was done. Even if vaccines have been done recently we still recommend having the puppy seen for an exam within a week of bringing them home. This is to make sure that you got a healthy and happy puppy!
During this first visit the doctor will do a thorough exam from nose to tail. We want to make sure that everything looks and sounds normal. We will booster any vaccines that are needed and discuss your pets vaccination schedule. We will also start your pet off on a dose of Flea & Tick Preventative as well as a Heartworm Preventative. Once the exam is completed we will let you know when to return for the next set of vaccines and preventatives.
Before your puppy’s first visit with us we do request that you email us a photo or copy of any vaccination records you have received. This helps give us more time to focus on your puppy during the first exam. We also recommend bringing in a fresh stool sample to your puppy’s first visit. A stool sample should be checked even if your puppy was previously dewormed by the breeder, because not all dewormers cover all intestinal parasites. We look forward to meeting your new family member!
The Staff at Happy Tails Animal Hospital