Over the first few months of his or her life, we hope your puppy will visit Annex Animal Hospital regularly. During these visits, we aim to establish a strong foundation for their future health and a great relationship for you and your puppy with our wonderful, caring team.
Each visit includes a thorough physical examination as detailed below, appropriate vaccinations, parasite control, and nutrition, weight and behavior counseling. You may request your choice of veterinarian for each visit.
These visits are your chance to ask your veterinarian one-on-one for any advice or help that you may require with your puppy. You may want to know about puppy life stages, future procedures, food, or toys. Of course, if you have any questions outside of your appointments, you can contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
Please bring a fecal (stool) sample to your first visit. We will send the sample in the lab to test for the presence of intestinal parasites. Puppies get worms from their mothers. This can happen even with the best kept mothers. Therefore, a fecal test is very important. We recommend de-worming all puppies since occasionally parasites may not show up in the stool sample due to the nature of their life cycle.
We will also examine your puppy for fleas, ticks and ear mites. Depending on the season, heartworm, flea, or tick protection may also be recommended.
Puppies need to have a series of vaccinations in the first four months of life.
Puppy vaccination begins with a series of inoculations which cover a group of extremely serious viruses, to which your puppy can easily be exposed. These vaccines are referred to as DHPP or DA2PP, which stands for Canine Distemper, Canine Hepatitis caused by Adenovirus (2), Canine Parainfluenza and Canine Parvovirus. These, along with Rabies, are considered to be the core vaccines by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
The DHPP vaccines are given at 8, 12, and 16 weeks of age. We administer multiple boosters for two reasons:
The final puppy vaccine, given after 14 weeks of age, includes a Rabies vaccine. Rabies is a disease fatal to both pets and people. It is commonly carried by mammals such as foxes, skunks, raccoons and bats, all of which are prevalent in Toronto. City by-laws require all dogs be vaccinated against Rabies.
At the final visit, we will also administer a vaccination against Canine Cough. This is an extremely infectious disease that is spread very easily between dogs. Canine Cough is an important vaccine for city dogs. Any puppy going to the park, a day care facility or boarding kennel is at risk.
Once your puppy is fully vaccinated, we highly recommend that they be spayed or neutered. Talk to your veterinarian during your puppy visits about the health and behavioral benefits of this procedure.
For their comfort, pet identification microchips are usually implanted during spay/neuter surgery when your pup is already briefly anaesthetized. However, a microchip can be implanted during any office appointment.