The pup will go home with one series of vaccinations and a health check from my veterinarian. see Puppy Health check card
Take your pup to meet your veterinarian within the first week of purchase to comply with the first part of my guarantee.
The pups are wormed between 2- 3 weeks of age with Strongid-T. Stool samples are checked two weeks later and worming is repeated if necessary.
The Toller is a breed of dog that can have autoimmune problems. Over vaccination has been known to trigger them. As a result I limit how often vaccinations are given. I also limit them to core vaccines and don’t give any non-core vaccines unless the dog’s geographical or life style situations make it necessary. See AAHA /Dr.Schultz guidelines. The Best Part About the New Dog Vaccination Guidelines
Maternal antibodies interfere (for up to 16 weeks) with how successfully puppies can accept vaccines. Therefore the vaccines have to be repeated two to three times,every 4 weeks, the first year. Immunity for Distemper and Parvovirus lasts for 5 years and Adenovirus is good for 7 years.
In Canada Rabies is required by law. It must be repeated every three years. See your municipality for rules. http://siriusdog.com/rabies-vaccination-ontario-regulations-law.htm
My veterinarian gives the pups a combo vaccine that includes Canine Distemper(CDV)/ Canine Parvo(CPV-2)/ Canine Adenovirus(CAV-2)/ type2-Parainfluenza.
Pups receive the first vaccine here at 8 weeks. You will have to booster at 12 weeks and 16 weeks. Or alternately you can blood titre two weeks after the second round ( at 14 weeks) to check that the pup was immunized. see Hemopet for info about titres www.hemopet.org
Rabies is given as late as possible and separated from the other vaccines by 4 weeks. A one year Rabies vaccine is given the first year. Revaccinate with a three Rabies vaccine in a year and then every three years thereafter.
Socializing your pup is extremely important particularly during its first 12 weeks of life. Do it, but avoid places frequented by dogs with unknown health histories until your pup finishes its vaccinations and has immunization.
Heartworm, Fleas and Ticks
Heartworm is a problem in this area. Get statistics from your veterinarian for your area. OVMA – Heartworm Disease In Dogs
I prefer monthly tablets for Heartworm prevention. I give medication, after a heartworm test, from June through October. Make sure your Veterinarian knows that some Tollers can have a problem with Ivermectin like Collies. Despite that, Heartguard Plus has been safe for my own dogs.
If I have a problem with fleas I treat the dog and the premise rather than using preventive medications.
I use a preventive spray for deer ticks if I’m going into an area known for Lyme disease. Again ask your Veterinarian. I bath it off afterwards. Otherwise the dogs are checked for ticks when I get home or during weekly grooming sessions.
Recent veterinary research is challenging dates for de-sexing dogs. See Dr. Chris Zink www.caninesports.com under Useful Info.
I recommend neutering your girl at maturity at about 2 years of age if she is not being bred. She will come into season between 6 and 10 months of age and will cycle about once a year. She will have to be kept strictly away from unneutered male dogs for three weeks.
Well trained male dogs generally don’t need to be neutered.
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