210 Pinebush Rd., at the corner of Pinebush & Franklin.

Puppy and Dog Care Information

We want your puppy to receive the best care possible, so it can be happy and healthy. Here are some of the things we recommend:

1/ A post-purchase exam.

2/ Vaccinations:

Vaccines help protect puppies and dogs from infectious diseases. To ensure your puppy is fully protected, a series of boosters will be needed. Until your puppy has received all of these, be careful about exposing him to unfamiliar dogs or environments such as parks.

A typical vaccine series is:

8 weeks of age: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza and Parvovirus
12 weeks of age: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus and Leptospirosis
16 weeks of age: Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus, Leptospirosis and Rabies

Your dog will need booster vaccinations at one year of age, then a physical exam and any prescribed innocuations every year thereafter.

Information on Puppy Vaccines

The timing of the boosters is very important. If they are given too far apart, the vaccine will wear off and you’ll need to start the series all over again. The duration of immunity with the first vaccine is relatively short-lived, only a month or so. That’s partly due to the puppy’s age, due to the effect of antibodies from the mother’s milk that can interfere with vaccines, and due to the tendency of the immune system to “forgive and forget”.

3/ Deworming:

Most puppies (up to 95%) have roundworms, acquired either via the placenta before they were born or from the mother’s milk. Roundworms can be a potential health hazard to humans. Hookworms are less common but are voracious blood-sucking parasites that can cause serious health problems! For those reasons, we routinely de-worm all puppies and kittens for roundworms and hookworms.

We follow the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

They recommend deworming puppies and kittens every 2 weeks until they are 3 months of age, then once monthly until 6 months old.

4/ Fecal Testing:

We also test your pet’s feces for worm eggs of other parasites. These parasites, such as Giardia and coccidiosis, are not as common as roundworms. That’s why we don’t just dispense medication for them as well. However, if the test is positive, then we’ll also prescribe medication as required.

Fecal testing involves examining your animal’s feces under the microscope for worm eggs.
Why is fecal testing important for your pet and family?

The test for Giardia is similar to a pregnancy test. We use a special kit that shows a blue colour change if there are Giardia organisms in your pets’ feces. It’s a lot more sensitive than looking for cysts in the feces; the cysts are very small and therefore easy to miss.
giardia snap test

5/ Heartworm Disease Prevention

You’ll want to ensure your dog is protected against Canine Heartworm Disease. heartworms
Canine Heartworm is an 18 inch worm, a parasite that lives in the pulmonary artery, a blood vessel that takes blood from the heart to the lungs. It is transmitted by mosquitoes, so your dog doesn’t have to be around other dogs to get this parasite. Treatment is expensive and risky but prevention is safe and affordable.

Prevention is easy. It’s a once-a-month medication, either in the form of a chewable tablet, or a drop put on the back of your dog’s neck. We recommend all dogs be on a Heartworm preventative program from June to November, or even year-round.

6/ Flea and Tick Prevention

We all hate fleas and ticks and no-one wants them breeding in their house.  Both of these parasites can transmit diseases; for example, deer ticks can pass Lyme disease on to their hosts.  Please talk to us about what you can do to protect your pets from these gross parasites.

7/ Spaying and Neutering

The medical term for these surgeries is ovariohysterectomy for the female, and orchidectomy for the male. Spaying and neutering provides many health benefits for your pet, in addition to preventing pet overpopulation. Spayed and neutered pets live longer than intact dogs and cats. They can’t get infections or cancer of the ovaries, uterus and testicles. Spaying helps prevent breast cancer, if done early in life. Neutering eliminates the urge to roam, so the animal is less likely to wander away from home, get in fights or hit by a car.

Benefits of Spaying
Benefits of Neutering
Safe Anesthesia
Elle’s Big Day during her Spay at Hespeler Animal Hospital
Pain Management for Spays and Neuters

We recommend you have your dog or cat spayed or neutered at 5 months of age. There’s a much lower chance of bleeding during the surgery when the animal is young.

Click on this link for an article about the questions you should ask when choosing who should spay or neuter your pet and how we compare to other clinics.

You can save money on your puppy’s spay or neuter with one of our Start Me Right Plans, however, and still get optimal care.

The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association’s article on the costs of puppy and kitten ownership will show you that our Start Me Right Plans are a great value!

8/ Check out the following links on our web page for more information on these topics:

Puppy Training
Tips on Housebreaking your Puppy
Dental Home Care
Cleaning Ears
Trimming Nails

You can also get some great puppy care tips from the OVMA.

9/ Pet Insurance

We recommend pet insurance. Unexpected accidents and illnesses happen and modern veterinary medicine can be costly. It’s nice to have the peace of mind that you will get reimbursed for much of the cost your veterinary bills, should your pet get sick. You win, and your pet wins.

Here are a few of the companies that provide pet insurance in Ontario:

OVMA Pet Insurance
Pet Secure
Purina Care
Pet Care Insurance
PC Insurance
OSPCA Insurance

Twenty questions to ask when shopping around for pet insurance.

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