Puppy Vaccinations and Care

Jan 10, 2023

Did your family gain a furry, four-legged addition over the holidays? Raising a puppy is an exciting time, but don’t forget to consider your puppy’s health during this formative stage!
Puppy shots not only prevent a wide range of diseases in your dog but also protect other animals in your home as well. Although puppies are born with a natural level of maternal antibody and immunity, vaccines act as a supplement to ensure they remain healthy throughout the early stages of their life while they are most vulnerable.
Core vaccinations for puppies include canine distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, parainfluenza, and rabies. Shots should be administered at 3, 6, 12, and 16 weeks old, with some requiring yearly boosters. Following this schedule is important, especially when preventing parvo, which is known as the speedy killer of puppies. If your puppy is not treated within two to three days of contracting parvo, the outcome is often grim.
Other yearly shots such as Bordetella bronchiseptica should be administered before your puppy is exposed to other dogs at a doggy daycare, park, or boarding. You will also need to keep track of at-home heartworm and flea and tick prevention treatments. The American Heartworm Society recommends puppies be started on heartworm preventative as early as the product label allows, and no later than eight weeks of age.
Side effects after core vaccinations are uncommon but continue to monitor your puppy for unusual symptoms or behaviors following the vet visit. Keep up with yearly checkups as well to increase the likelihood of health issues being caught and treated before they become an issue.
Puppies are also ideal hosts to worms and other parasites as they often sniff and eat anything in their path. Puppies should therefore be dewormed at 2, 4, 6, 8, and 12 weeks of age, and then again at 6 months. Adult dogs do not need to be on a deworming schedule if they are being given heartworm and flea and tick preventatives.
Another important aspect of puppy care is the food you choose to give them. Formulated puppy food is often high in calories and dense in nutrients to give puppies the boost they need to grow up strong and healthy. Your local Co-op carries a selection of quality puppy food, as well as formulas for the next stages of their lives as they grow into adults. Give the store a call to ask about specific brands offered.
And then comes the easy part about having a puppy — spoiling them! Co-op has all the toys, treats, collars, leashes, and beds your pup could possibly need to stay entertained and happy, so load your puppy in the truck and stop by today.
For more content like this, check out the latest issue of The Cooperator.

Read More News

Apr 08, 2024
Springtime in Tennessee heralds the arrival of one of nature’s most enchanting creatures: the ruby-throated hummingbird. These tiny birds migrate through the state from late March to mid-May, traveling thousands of miles to reach their breeding grounds in the Northern states from Central America and Mexico. While some may linger year-round, it’s during this peak migration period that the skies come alive with their vibrant hues.
Apr 02, 2024
Tennessee, with its diverse climate and rich soil, presents both opportunities and challenges when it comes to lawn care. As spring breathes new life into the landscape and summer brings long days of warmth and sunshine, it’s crucial to tailor your lawn care regimen to these changing seasons.
Mar 25, 2024
As the first hints of spring emerge, gardeners eagerly prepare their plots for a season of growth. Among the options for early planting, potatoes stand out as a versatile and rewarding crop. With a few simple steps, you can cultivate a bountiful harvest of these starchy delights right in your backyard. Keep reading for a quick guide to growing potatoes in the early spring.