Puppy Wellness

"There are no two ways about it, puppies and kittens are adorable. It's easy to be transfixed by the tiny paws, tiny noses, and big bellies galloping around your home in a riot of excitement. Puppyhood and kittenhood during the first six months of life can be one of the best times in a pet's life, but it requires some diligence and special care from loving pet owners. The first thing you should do with your new puppy or kitten is make an appointment to see a veterinarian."
American Animal Hospital Association 

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“...vaccinations certainly remain a medical decision, and procedure that should be individualized based on the risk and lifestyle of the individual...[animal]. Factors to consider include the age, breed, health status, environment, lifestyle, and travel habits of the...[animal].”
Daniel Aja, DVM, AAHA president

  • DHPP
    • Given every 3-4 weeks between ages 6-16 weeks.
    • Booster 1 year after the initial dose.
  • Rabies
    • Given as a single dose at 12 weeks of age, or as required by law.
    • Booster within 1 year after the initial dose.
  • *Leptospirosis
    • Given at or after 12 weeks of age, and boostered 3-4 weeks later.
    • Booster annually.
  • *Bordetella
    • Given orally as early as 6 weeks of age.
    • Booster with either the oral or the injectable product 6 months later.
  • *Rattlesnake
    • Given at or after 16 weeks of age, and boostered 3-4 weeks later.
    • Booster annually.

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Our clinic follows the guidelines introduced by the Companion Animal Parasite Council.

Internal Parasites

  • If your puppy will travel outside of Central Oregon:
    • Iverhart Max should be administered every month.
    • A fecal parasite test should be performed yearly.
    • A heartworm test should be performed yearly.
  • If your puppy will stay within Central Oregon:
    • Iverhart Max should be administered every other month.
    • A fecal parasite test should be performed yearly.

External Parasites

  • Use Activyl (topical flea and tick prevention) to help prevent ticks locally and outside the area.

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Yes, you can teach your puppy to have its teeth brushed, and we highly recommend it! Here are a few other recommendations to help keep your puppy's chompers in good shape:

Preventative Oral Care

Remember it is good to chew, it is better to rinse, but it is best to brush!

Retained Teeth

All permanent teeth should be erupted by 6 months of age. Sometimes a deciduous (baby) tooth doesn’t come out, and causes misalignment. If you suspect this may be the case for your puppy, please contact us.

Juvenile Prophylaxis

A juvenile prophylaxis provides the opportunity to strengthen the enamel of the erupting permanent teeth of the puppy. In addition, fluoride provides a 30 day residual antibacterial activity, and desensitizes exposed dentin.  

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About 2.7 million healthy and adoptable cats and dogs—about one every 11 seconds—are euthanized in U.S. shelters each year. Spaying/neutering is a proven way to reduce pet overpopulation. This helps to ensure that every pet has a family to love them.
The Humane Society of the United States

Spay

We recommend a laparoscopic spay for females near puberty, but prior to their first heat cycle.

Neuter

Recommend at puberty  

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We suggest that you choose a food that has undergone an AAFCO feeding trial and is formulated for growth.

RecommendationScience Diet® Healthy Advantage Puppy

Redmond Veterinary Clinic recommends Science Diet Pet Foods and Prescription Diets. The company’s commitment to research, for both prescription and life stage diets, along with their strict quality control provide us with the confidence to recommend the products they produce.
 


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Redmond Veterinary Clinic offers accurate behavioral education to our clients prior to, and if behavioral problems occur.

House Training

The goal of house training is to encourage and reinforce desirable elimination. Take your puppy to its selected elimination area within 30 minutes of sleeping, playing, feeding, and drinking. When you are not available to supervise, the puppy should be confined to its confinement area. 

Chewing

Puppies will chew on people, furniture, and other objects (including ones you value) that are within their reach. This is part of normal puppy behavior. Do not allow your puppy to chew on any human body part. If your puppy is chewing on your hands, or any other body part, yelp a high pitched shriek like a puppy makes, pull your hand away, and go play elsewhere.  

Jumping

If the puppy succeeds in getting any attention for the jumping behavior, then the puppy will continue to jump. Attention includes petting, pushing away, (which resembles play behavior), and even mild reprimands, all of which can be reinforcing for a dog that really wants attention. To change this behavior you need to remove ALL reinforcement. This might mean that you do not look, speak, touch, or interact with the puppy IN ANY WAY when it jumps on you. Whenever your puppy seems to want affection or anything of value, first teach it to sit and stay, or lie down and settle (which would both be proper greeting behaviors).