Quicky FAQ's on Vet Care for Dogs

Dogs are like babies--they require care and feeding on a regular basis. Some of that "care" includes vaccinations, parasite prevention, and disease screening.  There's a lot of confusing information on vet care for dogs, so here's our super simple "who/what/when" primer we use with dogs and puppies in our hospital. It includes the basic services/medications each healthy puppy and adult dog should receive.

PUPPY SCHEDULE

  • Examination -- first visit and then every 3 weeks (i.e., with every set of vaccinations) until 16 weeks of age.
  • DHP-P (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo) vaccination -- first given at 6 to 8 weeks of age, then boosted every 3 weeks until at least 16 weeks of age.
  • Rabies vaccination -- given at 12 weeks of age. It cannot be given earlier.
  • Leptospirosis vaccination -- first given at 12 weeks of age, then boosted 3 weeks later. It can be given as early as 8 weeks of age if necessary.
  • Bordetella vaccination (oral) -- given at 12 weeks of age to dogs who will be groomed, boarded, or go to dog parks and the like. It can be given as early as 8 weeks of age if necessary.
  • Influenza vaccination (bivalent) -- first given at 12 weeks of age, then boosted 3 weeks later, to dogs who will be groomed, boarded, or go to dog parks and the like. It can be given as early as 6 weeks of age if necessary.
  • Start monthly heartworm preventive at first visit.
  • Start monthly flea control at first visit.
  • Fecal Analysis -- tests for intestinal parasites: worms, coccidia, giardia.
  • Deworming -- at first visit and as needed.

ADULT SCHEDULE

  • Examination -- annually
  • Heartworm test -- annually
  • Fecal analysis -- annually
  • DHP-P vaccination - the vaccination is boosted within a year of the original, and then boosted every 3 years. (Dogs that are older than 20 weeks of age may not need a 3-week booster after their initial vaccination--see Puppy Schedule).
  • Leptospirosis vaccination -- annually
  • Rabies vaccination -- the vaccination is boosted within a year of the original (365 days or less), and then boosted within every 3 years.
  • Bordetella vaccination (oral) -- annually for dogs who will be groomed, boarded, or go to dog parks and the like.
  • Influenza vaccination (bivalent) -- annually for dogs who will be groomed, boarded, or go to dog parks and the like.
  • Heartworm preventive -- monthly
  • Flea control -- monthly
  • Geriatric/Senior blood profile -- starting at 7 years of age and then annually.

Note: if an adult dog presents as overdue for Leptospirosis or Influenza vaccination by more than 18 months, these will need an initial vaccination and a boosted vaccination in 2 to 4 weeks.

Hope this helps! For a more details on each disease, see A Texas Version -- Dog Vaccinations. For in-depth info on vaccination protocols see the 2017 AAHA Canine Vaccination Guidelines.

For additional info or to schedule an appointment, call us at 281.351.7184 or online at kindvet.com.

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