Quick 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 Vet Care 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. In Texas it cannot be given earlier.

  • Leptospirosis vaccination — 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) — 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 — at first visit and as needed. Tests for intestinal parasites: roundworms, hookworms, coccidia, giardia.

  • Deworming — at first visit and as needed.

  • Spay or Neuter — in general, when a dog has reached their adult height and weight.

  • Microchip

Adult Dog Vet Care Schedule

  • Examination — every year.

  • Heartworm test — every year.

  • Fecal analysis — every year.

  • DHP-P vaccination — the vaccination is boosted within a year of the original, and then every 3 years.

  • Leptospirosis vaccination — every year.

  • Rabies vaccination — this vaccination is boosted within a year of the original (365 days or less), and then within every 3 years.

  • Bordetella vaccination (oral) — generally, every year for dogs who will be groomed, boarded, or go to dog parks and the like.

  • Influenza vaccination (bivalent) — every year 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 every year.

  • Dental Cleaning — this is done under anesthesia and done periodically, as needed, per veterinary recommendation.

Hope this helps! 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 schedule online.

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