Puppy Veterinary Schedule

In order to keep your puppy healthy, there are certain actions that should be taken at specific times as your puppy grows

The list below will give you an idea of what is necessary at what age. For more detailed information, discuss your puppy's care with his veterinarian.

6 - 8 Weeks of Age

  • General medical and dental examination
  • Begin distemper/parvovirus vaccine series (1st of 4 vaccinations)
  • Fecal test for intestinal parasites
  • Worming medication (if necessary)
  • Start on heartworm preventative
  • Discuss feeding and house-training
  • Discuss spaying or neutering
9 - 12 Weeks of Age
  • Continue distemper/parvovirus vaccine series (2nd of 4 vaccinations)
  • 2nd worming medication (if necessary)
  • Discuss dental care
  • Schedule spaying or neutering
  • OPTIONAL: Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccination (1st of 2 vaccinations)
  • OPTIONAL: Lyme Disease vaccination (1st of 2 vaccinations)

12 - 16 Weeks of Age

  • Continue distemper/parvovirus vaccine series (3rd of 4 vaccinations)
  • Retest fecal
  • Adjust dosage of heartworm preventative based on weight
  • OPTIONAL: Bordetella (kennel cough) vaccination (2nd of 2 vaccinations)
  • OPTIONAL: Lyme Disease vaccination (2nd of 2 vaccinations)
16 - 18 Weeks of Age
  • Continue distemper/parvovirus vaccine series (4th of 4 vaccinations)
  • Rabies vaccination (1-year)
  • Adjust dosage of heartworm preventative based on weight
Annually
  • General medical and dental examination
  • Distemper/parvovirus vaccine booster
  • Rabies vaccination (3-year)
  • Fecal test for intestinal parasites
  • Worming medication (if necessary)
  • Blood test for heartworm
  • Purchase heartworm preventative
  • Adjust dosage of heartworm preventative based on weight

The veterinarians and staff at the Michigan Humane Society veterinary clinics are available to help you to keep your puppy healthy and happy. Call one of the locations below for an appointment.

Detroit
7401 Chrysler Drive, Detroit, MI 48211
(313) 872-0004

Rochester Hills
3600 Auburn Road, Rochester Hills, MI 48309
(248) 852-7424

Westland
Berman Center for Animal Care
900 N. Newburgh Road, Westland, MI 48185
(734) 721-4195

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