Puppy Care

All Puppies Need:

  • Evaluation for congenital defects (malocculusion of teeth, cleft palate, heart murmur, umbilical hernia...) and infections (ear mites, roundworms, demodex, fleas...).

  • 3 - 4 vaccinations for Distemper/Parvo/Adenovirus/Parainfluenza.  The final DA2PP vaccine should be given around 15-20 weeks of age.  

  • Vaccination against Bordetella bronchiseptica (kennel cough).

  • Vaccination against Leptospirosis, which is administered twice.

  • Vaccination against Canine Influenza H3N2/H3N8 should be considered depending on the puppy's lifestyle and whether or not he/she will be traveling around the country and/or boarding at a kennel. 

  • Rabies vaccination (can be given as young as 12 weeks of age).

  • A fecal examination by the laboratory to check for parasites.

  • Deworming with pyrantel for roundworms, at least 2 times, regardless of fecal results. Other dewormers may be necessary depending on fecal testing.

  • A heartworm preventative should be started as early as possible (usually 8 weeks) and given once monthly.  

  • A microchip. If you don't understand the necessity of a microchip, we will be happy to discuss it with you!

  • To be spayed/neutered.  This can happen between 4 months and 1 1/2 years, depending on the breed and sex of the puppy, and the preference of the owners.  There are many factors to consider which we can discuss with you.

  • To be enrolled in a pet health insurance plan.  This helps to even out pet health expenses over the year and give assistance when unexpected illness/injury occurs. 

  • To have nail clipping and ear cleaning demonstrated to the pet parents to continue training at home. 

  • To have their adult teeth evaluated at 6 months and a toothbrushing regimen started then as well. 

The puppy wellness visits are $25 for wellness exams, plus the vaccines, products, and services for that visit.  The total cost for exams, vaccines, testing, and products ranges from $363 to $581, depending on which vaccines/services were performed prior to coming to Animal Health Care Denver.  The cost of spay (ovariohysterectomy) ranges from $300-600. The cost of canine neuter ranges from $215-500.  

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