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Puppy Preventative Care Plan
Desert Hills Animal Clinic adheres to the philosophy that prevention is the best medicine. Regular vaccinations are recommended and Desert Hills Animal Clinic provides a core series of vaccinations that include distemper, parvo virus, corona virus, adenovirus type 2 and parainfluenza. Vaccine protocols will vary depending on previous vaccines given, but a rule of thumb is 6, 9, 12, and 16 weeks.
Dogs that are boarded, groomed or are in contact with other dogs we recommend the Bordatella vaccine. Vaccinations help keep our pets healthy and free of disease. Desert Hills Animal Clinic recommends yearly vaccinations.
Heartworm is an organism transmitted by mosquitoes. Many owners contest that there are no mosquitoes in this area due to the hot conditions. This is a wrong assumption. A study done in 2001 showed 303 cases of heartworm detected in Maricopa County and 442 cases throughout the state of Arizona. There has also been increased numbers of horses with West Nile Virus in Arizona. We need to protect our dogs from infection.
Desert Hills Animal Clinic offers multiple protections against heartworm. Heartgard is a once a month chewable tablet. This product helps prevent infection of heartworm by the mosquito. Dogs need to be tested for heartworm prior to being put on the medication and should be checked yearly after medication is started.
Fleas are not a common problem in Arizona but can live here. Ticks are a problem. Ticks carry a disease known as Ehrlichiosis (tick fever). No product is perfect against ticks but we recommend Frontline as a preventative measure.
Puppies can come to a new home with parasites. Most commonly we see round worm, coccidia and giardia. It is important to bring a fecal sample to your first visit to determine if your puppy has any parasites. Fecals should be done yearly to monitor for intestinal parasitism. Puppies should be given a healthy diet that is well balanced.
Desert Hills Animal Clinic recommends Royal Canin Development stage. Please ask our staff how to keep your puppy healthy. Pet insurance is available to clients who are interested.