Pet Health Care

puppy care

Puppy Care

As soon as your puppy joins your household, schedule his or her first visit to Upper Oakville Pet Hospital. Bring any available vaccination and medical or adoption records and a stool sample to this visit so our veterinarian can check for internal parasites.
You can expect a complete physical exam and we will discuss parasite control, vaccinations, training, and general health considerations. Don’t forget to bring your list of questions! We are your partners in the care of this new pet, and we are here to help.

Puppy Vaccinations

Mother’s milk offers pups some protection from disease, but that only lasts a few weeks. As they are weaned from their mother, puppies are given vaccines to protect them from disease. The puppy series of vaccinations gradually builds immunity during the first few months, usually beginning with the first medical exam at around 6–8 weeks.
Puppy series vaccines may include:

  • DHPP (distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza, and parvovirus) vaccine—Started at 6–8 weeks and boostered every 3–4 weeks until at least 14–16 weeks of age
  • Rabies vaccine—Given at 12–16 weeks of age
  • Leptospirosis vaccine—Given after 12 weeks if puppy has risk of exposure
  • Lyme vaccine—Started after 12 weeks of age and boostered 2–4 weeks later
  • Bordetella vaccine—Can be started after 8 weeks of age and boostered 2–4 weeks later
  • Influenza vaccine—Given after 10 weeks, boosted 4 weeks later

Learn more about vaccinations for your puppy and review our discussion about preventive care.

Feeding Your Puppy

Good quality puppy food is important. Your new puppy may have come with a starter bag of puppy food, or you might have gone to the store and asked for help—but be careful about pet store food recommendations. If you aren’t sure about what to feed, please call our office for a recommendation, even before your initial appointment.

Never give a young puppy table food, and always keep lots of fresh clean water available.