We believe in a preventive medicine approach to health care. Many infectious diseases can be prevented by routine vaccinations. Easy to use, once a month treatments will prevent heartworms, intestinal parasites and fleas and ticks. The physical examination is a major component of the preventive medical approach to health care. Physical exams frequently reveal minor problems before they develop into serious illnesses. It is far less costly to you and your pet to prevent diseases than to treat them.
Your Puppy's First Visit:
A thorough physical exam of your puppy is important, but not the only reason for the visit. We hope to inform you about proper home care as well as veterinary care of your puppy. We want to answer all your questions and make sure you and your puppy get off to a good start.
Please bring the following:
  • Your new puppy
  • Medical records
  • Diet history
  • Fecal (stool sample) if possible
  • List of questions you need answered
Subjects to Discuss or Consider:
  • Spay and Neutering is usually performed around 6 months of age. However, many puppies adopted from the pound have had surgery as early as 8 weeks of age.
  • House-training is easier and faster by using a crate. It may seem heartless to crate train, but it is a kinder and safer method of house-training than the old method of punishing bad behavior.
  • Elimination Accidents are going to occur. We have several products designed for easy clean up and elimination of stains and odors.
  • Diet and feeding schedule will be discussed thoroughly. Most puppies need to eat least 3 times a day.
  • Grooming should be enjoyable for you and your puppy. Combing tangled or matted hair is very painful for your puppy. Comb often to prevent tangles and use a cream rinse on longhaired pups. Use praise and treats, as a reward.
  • Pet Identification: Pet ID Tags, Tattooing and ResQ Microchips are all available.
  • Fences: Look for escape routes and close them before your puppy finds them.
  • Invisible Fence is an extremely effective method of keeping your puppy in your yard.
  • Mushrooms: Puppies sometimes die from eating mushrooms that grow in your yard. Dispose of any mushrooms in your yard.
  • Antifreeze: very small amounts will kill your dog. Dispose of antifreeze appropriately and beware of spills in your driveway.
  • Heat Stroke: Dogs need protection from the heat. Make sure your pet has protection from the sun, plenty of clean water and perhaps a small swimming pool in his yard. Never lock your dog (or anyone else) in the car in the summer. Even a few minutes may be fatal.
Puppy Care Checklist
  • Your puppy needs a Physical Exam as soon as possible, preferably within the first 48 hours. We want to be sure that you have a healthy puppy and we want to make sure he remains healthy. Physical exams are given with all vaccinations
  • A Vaccination Program will be tailored to your pet and is dependent on the health of your new puppy, his age, his medical history, and his needs. Generally, vaccinations begin at 6 to 8 weeks of age and are repeated every 3 weeks until he has received two vaccinations after or three vaccines.
  • Rabies Vaccination: 16 weeks of age
  • Parasites (worms, fleas, ticks, etc):
    We will eliminate any parasites we find and recommend a parasite control program for your pet and your family.
  • Heartworms: We recommend a year round preventative program.
  • Dental Care: We will look for retained puppy teeth and alert you to dangers of dental disease. Proper care of adult teeth begins in puppy-hood
Puppy First Year
The Indian Head Animal Hospital recommends a schedule of health visits, immunizations, and screening tests to ensure your puppy's health based on recommendations from the American Veterinary Medical Association and American Animal Hospital Association. Your veterinarian will examine and discuss growth, nutrition, development, house training, dental care and any other age-appropriate health matters or client questions during each visit. The following schedule is a guideline only and informative in nature. Your veterinarian will provide you with a specific schedule based on your puppy's health, life style and vaccination history


Age in weeks
Comprehensive Physical Exam
Rabies Vaccinations
Leptospirosis Vaccination*
Lymes Vaccination
Fecal Analysis
Heartworm Preventative
Flea and Tick Control
Spay (ovarian hysterectomy)
5 to 6 months of age
Neuter (castration)
Puppy Dental Care
Begin dental care program now!
Note: These guidelines are for information only. Your veterinarian may make changes based on your puppy's health, medical history, and lifestyle.
*If pet is >25 lbs.  For pets


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