Our Puppies get proper vaccinations and full health checks from a veterinarian.
While most dog breeders administer their own puppy vaccinations, we leave this to the professionals. Expired, contaminated, or vaccinations not stored properly, may not be effective and leave your puppy vulnerable. Our puppies get a proper puppy health check, including heart, ears, eyes patellas and more. We’ll provide you with our vet’s name and number, and the vaccinations received, so you can give to your vet.
Q. What vaccinations will my puppy get, before it comes home?
A. Every puppy gets its first set of vaccinations (aka puppy booster shots) at 6 weeks old. In some cases, we give a Parvo vaccination at 4 weeks old. When your puppy goes to the vet at 6 weeks, you will receive an email with it’s vet record. Your puppy will be ready for it’s second round of vaccinations at 9 weeks old.
Q. What kind of health check does my puppy get at 6 weeks old?
A. Our vet does a thorough exam for every puppy, just like your vet will do when you take your puppy when you get it home. Our vet checks ears, eyes, checks for hernias, weak patellas, puppy private parts, etc.
Q. Do you “de-worm” your puppies before they come home?
A. Yes, puppies are de-wormed at 3, 5, and 7 weeks old. At the 6 week vet check, we also have the lab do a FULL stool sample analyses to make sure no parasites are present. Your puppy will be ready for another de-worming at 9 weeks old.
Q. Are there any specific questions I should ask my vet when I take my AwesomeDoodle at 9 weeks old?
A. Yes, you should ask your vet to pay close attention to your puppy’s ears and check well for ear infections. Doodle puppies / poodle cross breeds (and lots of other breeds) are prone to getting ear infections at the age of about 8-12 weeks old. Also, ask your vet to do a FULL STOOL ANALYSES, not just a simple stool check. Most vets charge $10 to do a simple stool check to look for common parasites. However this check usually doesn’t include the harder to detect parasites, like giardia. Ask your vet to check for everything. Parasites are EVERYWHERE! And giardia is on the rise, so make sure your puppy is clear. It is very common (and normal) for puppies to pick up parasites around 7-12 weeks old.
Note on ear infections: ear infections are common with *doodles because hair usually grows inside their ear. In order to prevent ear infections, we clean the puppy’s ears a couple times (before they go home) with an ear wash. Ask your vet if plucking your puppy’s ear hairs is needed, and be sure to keep their ears clean. Even doing so, we still get puppies with ear infections from time to time. An ear infection is not severe and is easily healed. Ask your vet or groomer about ear care.
Q. Do you dock tails?
A. No, tail docking is a tradition from Australian Shepherds and unless your dog is herding sheep, it doesn’t need it’s tail docked. We will not dock your puppy’s tail (even upon request) because that needs to be done at 2 days old.
Q. Do you microchip your puppies?
A. No, the needle used to implant the chip is large and can be painful. We recommend having your pup microchipped while under anesthesia for their spay or neuter procedure.
Q. Do you remove dew claws?
A. We don’t remove front dew claws, as they DO serve a purpose. Watch this and you’ll see: