Vaccines - Tail Docking - Dewclaws
Every veterinarian will have a preferred protocol for vaccinating puppies. Recommended Protocols change because of new research findings for the duration of the vaccine's immunity. Here is just a general vaccine protocol recommended for a puppy.
7 to 8 weeks of age:
Administer first combination vaccine, DA2PP (Distemper, Hepatitis AKA Adeno Virus type 2, Parvo Virus, and Parainfluenza.)
10 weeks of age:
Administer second combination vaccine.
13 weeks of age:
Administer the third combination and possibly a lyme vaccine or lepto. Generally, a lyme/lepto vaccine is repeated 3-4 weeks later, then once a year.
16 weeks of age:
Administer the last combination vaccine.
12 to 16 weeks of age:
Administer rabies vaccine.
*Test for heart worms annually.
Rabies vaccine timing may depend on the laws in your area. Always consult a veterinarian to learn what's best for your puppy. Also, check your local and state laws.
Tail and Ear Cropping
The AVMA opposes ear cropping and tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes. The AVMA encourages the elimination of ear cropping and tail docking from breed standards.
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Preventatives we like:
We really like Heartgard or Tri- Heart for heart worm prevention. Both of these preventatives are once a month treatments. Heartgard tends to be a little more expensive than Tri- Heart, but they're both great products. If your puppy/ dog is a picky eater, I'd recommend Heartgard as they tend to be a bit more tasty.
For flea and tick preventatives we like Bravecto and Revolution. Bravecto is very convenient as it needs to be given once every 12 weeks compared to using Revolution. Revolution needs to be applied every 4 weeks. Puppies 6 weeks and older can use Revolution, however, keep in mind the puppy must be 6 months of age to use Bravecto.