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Care Services

Puppy Care

Your puppy’s first visit to Tails-A-Waggin starts your puppy off on “the right paw” and establishes the relationship between you and our health care team.  We are excited to meet your new puppy and provide you with the best puppy care, guidance, and information you will need to ensure that your new puppy grows up strong, healthy, and happy!

Getting Started with your Puppy’s First Wellness Exam

The first step you can take is to visit us so that we can perform a comprehensive “nose-to-tail” physical exam on your puppy. This initial visit has many benefits:

  • Extensive physical examination of your new puppy by our veterinarian.
  • Establish a vaccination schedule and optimal plan for parasite testing, prevention and treatment, including heartworm prevention.  For specific details about puppy and adult dog vaccinations, please visit our Vaccination Schedule link.
  • Familiarize your new puppy with veterinarian visits.
  • Establish a relationship with you and your new puppy, as well as fully understand your expectations as a pet owner.
  • Provide an occasion to answer all of your questions and/or concerns about puppy care, such as food, nutrition, and/or behavioral questions.
  • Discuss with you any risks associated with your new puppy’s breed and/or environment.
  • Spay or neuter discussion concerning your new puppy.  The recommended spay/neuter time for your puppy when he/she is between 4 and 6 months of age.

When visiting with your new puppy for the first time, please bring the following with you:

  • Your puppy on a leash.
  • Any prior health information that the seller, shelter, or another provided to you, such as information about the breed, history of vaccines, worming, neutering, etc.
  • A stool sample that is no more than four hours old.

Veterinary Care Services

Puppies should be vaccinated every three weeks starting at (6) six weeks thru (16) sixteen weeks of age.

Age of Pet Procedure(s)
6-8 weeks Fecal, De-Worming, DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo)
9-12 weeks Fecal, De-Worming, Bordetella & DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvo)
12-14 weeks Fecal, De-Worming, Bordetella & DHPP-L4 (Distemper, Hepatitis, Leptospirosis, Parainfluenza, Parvo) Risk Assessment for non-core vaccines
15-17 weeks Rabies, County License and Risk Assessment for non-core vaccines