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Puppy Care

Puppy Care at EDGE

Yes, puppies are cute! But integrating them into your family is critical and requires commitment and adjustment on your part to ensure a good fit. EDGE Animal Hospital can help! Our puppy wellness kits provide all the preventive care new puppies need from the time they first come home through 6 months of age. 

Vaccinations are another key component of your puppy’s good health. We give risk-based vaccinations in a series of visits scheduled three to four weeks apart.

At each puppy visit, we:

  •   Perform a complete physical exam
  •   Prescribe heartworm prevention
  •   Discuss your concerns
  •   Provide a comprehensive written report on your puppy’s growth and health

Your puppy’s appointments are a great opportunity to address behavioral concerns and evaluate and celebrate the progress your puppy has made between visits. We can also help with nutritional advice and product recommendations to prevent or eliminate external parasites based on your individual needs.

Puppy Vaccination Schedule that Our St. Petersburg Veterinarians Recommend at EDGE Animal Hospital

Puppy vaccines should start ideally at 6 to 8 weeks of age.

1st Puppy Visit – 6 to 8 weeks of age

  • DHPP vaccine
  • Fecal exam
  • Deworm
  • Wellness Exam
  • Puppy kit
  • Prescribe first dose of monthly Heartworm and Flea/Tick prevention

*** If fecal is negative on first visit, no more fecals are necessary***

2nd Puppy Visit – 9 to 11 weeks of age

  • DHPP Vaccine
  • Wellness Exam
  • Prescribe 2nd dose of heartworm prevention and flea prevention

3rd Puppy Visit – 12 to 14 weeks of age

  • DHPP Vaccine (lepto begins)
  • Wellness Exam
  • Prescribe 3rd dose of heartworm prevention and flea prevention

***Discuss lifestyle risk to start Leptospirosis vaccine series***

4th Puppy Visit – 15 to 17 weeks of age

  • DHPP Annual Vaccine
  • Leptospirosis annual (if vaccinated at prior visit)
  • Rabies 1 year
  • Office Exam

After their last puppy visit, we will prescribe 1-2 doses of prevention at a time until the puppy reaches their adult weight range. We recommend stopping by for periodic weight checks to ensure the appropriate dose is being prescribed (but really so they can get extra treats!). 

Puppy Care In St. Petersburg, FL

Contact EDGE Animal Hospital to make an appointment online or call us at (727)470-6949 for more information about puppy care.