Health

MEDICATIONS, VACCINATIONS AND SUPPLEMENTS

 

Your puppy will come to you with their first wormings done, their first set of vaccinations, and his first monthly heartworm pill.  Your vet will recommend a vaccination schedule at his or her first visit. We give the puppies their first shot for canine 1-DAPPv and will receive further shots from your vet. 

In order to maximize joint health, we recommend NuVet.  More information on this and how to get it can be found on our trusted product page.  That is, if you are feeding kibble or another non-raw diet.  With raw foods, the supplements are redundant and can actually cause more complications than benefits.

 

Your puppy will come with his first dose of Heartguard. You will continue this on a monthly basis. You will also need to provide your puppy with flea and tick protection. Here are some good recommendations.  This is not an area where you will want to cut corners.  Fleas can make you and your dog miserable.  Ticks carry life-threatening diseases.  Your dog is a magnet for these pests. What works? 

 

We recommend:  Nexgard, can be purchased from your vet. We also recommend Capstar.  If you need to get rid of fleas in a hurry, a one-time dose of Capstar begins working within 30 minutes. 

 

Heartworm preventative: Don’t waste any time getting your puppy started on heartworm preventative medication.  If you purchase your product within the United States, you will need an initial prescription from the vet.  There are many excellent products, including a shot that acts as a 6 month preventative (administered by your vet). 

 

For heart worm and general health, we suggest Heartgard Plus. Our dogs really enjoy this chewable and tasty nugget.  There is also Nuheart.  This is a generic version of Heartgard (and not tasty at all).  It comes in a small pill that can be disguised in a piece of meat. 

We suggest you avoid Trifexis as it has been liked with death for puppies under the age of one and the use of this medication voids our health guarantee.