Whether this is your first puppy or your “last”,there are a few basic things we would like you to know. A little knowledge goes a long way and we would like to help ensure the good health of your newest family member.Vaccinations
: Puppies are more susceptible to life threatening viruses such as Parvo, Distemper,Leptospirosis and Rabies. It is important that your puppy be vaccinated appropriately to provide the highest level of protection.We recommend the following vaccination schedule:
6 weeks – DA2PP early (depending on breed and rearing environment)
8 weeks – DA2PP #1
12 weeks – DA2PP #2 and Leptospirosis #1
16 weeks – DA2PP #3, Leptospirosis #2, and Rabies(Your health care team will individualize this vaccination plan to best suit yourpuppy’s needs – small breeds and dogs prone to reaction may not get all 3v accinations at the 16 week visit)
While we use high quality vaccines with low incidence of reactions,vaccinations are not always 100% effective. You can help to protect your new puppy by minimizing contact with unfamiliar or unvaccinated dogs.
: This is a bacteria that can cause liver and kidney failure in animals and humans. In Colorado, the most common source is raccoon urine and feces. We have seen many cases in our area and recommendvaccinating against this dangerous infection.Fecal Testing and Deworming
: Many puppies are born with intestinal parasitesor acquire them early on in life. Because roundworms are so prevalent, we deworm all puppies routinely during their first veterinary visit. Other parasites frequently seen in this area are coccidia, and giardia. If you bring in a stool sample we can test for specific parasites and treat your puppy appropriately.Heartworm Prevention
: Heartworms are another type of parasite. They are transmitted by mosquitoes and can cause problems with the heart and lungs.Treatment of heartworm disease is costly and can be very painful for your pet,yet prevention is as easy as giving your dog a once a month tablet. Because our seasons and the presence of mosquitoes varies from year to year, we,along with the CDC, recommend pets be on heartworm prevention year round. Some types of heartworm preventatives also eliminate roundwormsand hookworms, which are two common intestinal parasites found in Colorado.Microchip
: Microchipping is an excellent way of permanently identifying yourpet should it ever get lost. The chip is implanted under the skin, and contains a unique identification code. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have scanners available that can read these microchips, which helps reunite owners with their pets.House Training
: This can be a frustrating time for both owner and puppy.A crate can be a very helpful tool in house training your puppy. The most important thing to remember is to take them out very frequently especially right after eating and right when you get home. Also remember patience and positive reinforcement is best.
The addition of a new kitten to your household can be a very fun and exciting time. Here is some information that will help you provide and maintain the good health of your new feline friend.Vaccinations
: Kittens are more susceptible to dangerous viruses because their immune system is weaker than that of an adult cat. Among those viruses are Panleukopenia, the upper respiratory viruses, Herpes, Calici, and the Feline Leukemia virus.Therefore, it is extremely important that your kitten be vaccinated early in life.The following is our recommended vaccination schedule:
8 Weeks: 1st FVRCP
12 Weeks: 2nd FVRCP and 1st FELV
16 Weeks: 3rd FVRCP, 2nd FELV , Rabies (1 year)
After this initial kitten series, all adult vaccinations will be tailored toward your individual cat and his/her lifestyle. It is important to remember that vaccinations are not always 100% effective. You can help minimize exposure to these dangerous viruses by keeping your kitten indoors and avoiding contact with stray cats.
Feline Leukemia Virus testing
: Testing for Leukemia virus is recommended for all kittens. This disease is highly contagious and proper testing will help reduce the risk of spreading the virus to other cats in your family.Fecal testing
: Many kittens are born with intestinal parasites or they acquire them early in life from exposure to their mom or other kittens. Even cats with normal stools may be harboring intestinal parasites, therefore your kitten will receive a routine dewormer during his/her first veterinary visit.Microchip
: Microchipping is an excellent way of permanently identifying your pet should it ever get lost. The chip is implanted under the skin, and contains a unique identification code. Most veterinarians and animal shelters have scanners available that can read these microchips, which helps reunite owners with their pets.