Part of the wellness care at at Animal Hospital Stafford VA is getting your puppy on a vaccination program. This is the most basic and simplest thing you can do as far as veterinary care for your pet. Puppies should start getting their shots at six weeks old. However, not everyone gets a puppy right at that age. Sometimes, new owners are not given any vaccination record for their new puppy, or the puppy’s medical background is not clear for whatever reason.
In that case, the Animal Hospital Stafford VA has come up with three different vaccination schedules to accommodate their new canine patients and make sure they are protected against communicable diseases that affect dogs. The first one is for puppies from six to 10 weeks old. Vaccinations will be given over three different visits that are scheduled from three to four weeks apart. At the initial visit, the puppy will have an exam, which includes testing the puppy for internal parasites, giving the puppy deworming medication just in case, and then giving the puppy a vaccine that is a combination for distemper, parvovirus, and hepatitis. On the next visit, the puppy gets another complete exam including fecal test, gets vaccinated for distemper, parvo, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and bordatella, and gets a heartburn prevention medication. At the third visit, the puppy gets another physical exam and fecal exam, vaccination for distemper, hepatitis, parvo, leptospirosis, and rabies, and gets a second heartworm prevention.
For puppies 10 to 16 weeks old, the Animal Hospital In Stafford has them come in twice, three to four weeks apart. On the first visit, the pup gets a physical and fecal exam, dewormer, heartworm prevention, and vaccinations for distemper, leptospirosis, parvo, hepatitis, and bordatella. The next visit is another physical exam and fecal exam, another heartworm prevention, and vaccination for distemper, parvo, hepatitis, leptospirosis, and rabies.
Puppies who are between 16 weeks and one year also have two visits three to four weeks apart. Both exams include a complete physical plus a fecal exam. The vaccinations at the first visit are for leptospirosis, distemper, hepatitis, parvo, and rabies. The vaccinations at the second visit are for distemper, hepatitis, parvo, leptospirosis, and bordatella. For all puppies on each of these plans, the distemper, parvo, and hepatitis vaccine is good for three years and the rabies is good for one.
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