We want your puppy to be healthy and happy! This guide gives recommendations and explanations on vaccine schedules, spay/neuter procedure timing, and microchip implantation. If you have a large or giant breed dog, we recommend taking radiographs of the hips to evaluate your dog for hip dysplasia.
We suggest keeping your new puppy confined to your own yard until they receive all necessary vaccines. To further reduce the risk of exposing your dog to a potentially fatal disease, we recommend avoiding parks, kennels, and play time with other dogs until your new puppy is fully vaccinated.
Core vaccines are recommended for all dogs, and should be given in a series of three at the following intervals:
* We typically test for heartworm at a dog's one year appointment.
Core vaccines will be administered one year after the final puppy shot and then on an annual basis.
Non-core vaccines should be given to dogs on an individual, as-needed basis.
We want your kitten to be healthy and happy! This guide gives recommendations and explanations regarding core and non-core vaccines, microchipping, declaw surgery, and spay/neuter procedure.
Core vaccines are recommended for all cats and should be administered in a series of three at the following intervals:
Core vaccines will be given one year from the final kitten vaccination and then on an annual basis.
Non-core vaccines are determined based on an individual, as needed basis.
If you are bringing a new kitten into a household with other cats, we recommend testing your kitten for feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus before introducing the cats to one another. We recommend confining the kitten for a slow introduction. Patience may be required as it can take days, weeks, or even longer. However, most cats adapt and learn to live in harmony.
If you are considering declawing your kitten, we recommend having it done at a young age. Kittens must be at least two months old and weigh at least two pounds, but the younger they are at the time of surgery, the faster they will heal with less complications.
We recommend spay/neuter procedure for all pets. With a simple snip, pets experience a lifetime of health benefits and behavioral improvements. So much so, that sterilized pets live longer lives. Here’s why!
Did you know spaying or neutering your pet also benefits you and your family? By eliminating sexual instincts, pets become less aggressive and more loyal companions to their human family members. All in all, it’s a win-win for you and your pet.
Proper timing is determined based on factors such as age, breed, size, and lifestyle.
Microchips are permanent, affordable, and help pet owners find lost pets. For this reason, we recommend all pets be microchipped! Unlike collars and tags, microchips are forever and cannot be removed. Still, the doctors at Prairie Lane Veterinary Hospital recommend using collars, tags, and microchips for your pet’s optimal safety in case of an accident. The Nebraska Humane Society requires all cats to either wear collars or be microchipped.
A microchip is as tiny as a grain of rice and implanted similarly to a routine vaccination beneath the skin between the shoulder blades. The entire process is quick and painless! What makes microchips so valuable is the unique, patented radio communication that provides quick and reliable information to identify an animal.
We use PetLink. If your pet is ever lost and scanned for a microchip, your contact information and your pet’s personal identification information is revealed. This can make a world of difference in reuniting with your furry family member!
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