Every puppy from our home will be thoroughly examined by
one of our veterinarians prior to leaving us.

Our vet will check each individual puppy in the litter for things
* Heart Murmurs
* Eye Cataracts
* Loose Joints
* Both Testicles in male pups
* Problems with their Teeth
* Problems with their Ears
* Loose Patellas
* Hernias
* Skin Problems

Some of these problems are things that we would not be able
to pick-up on without the expertise of the veterinarian.

We want to make sure you are going to be adding a healthy
new puppy to your family!
Different veterinarians will offer different options at your first visit,
but we will include the basics so that you will be prepared.

You should take a stool sample to the first several vet
appointments. This can be done by simply inverting a ziploc or
sandwich style plastic bag (inside out), over your hand - pick up a
small portion of the stool (the fresher the better) then invert the
bag. Other options would be small plastic container etc... If you
puppy has had loose stool, bloody stool, or mucous lined stool it
would be best to take a sample that showed these signs. The vet is
more likely to find a problem with one of these stools than one that
is perfectly formed. If you cannot obtain one that is showing
problems then take whatever your puppy provides you with.

The vet will actually be looking for the eggs of the parasites when
checking a stool sample. If the parasite was not shedding eggs at
the time the stool was given - your vet will give you a negative
result - but one negative result does not mean that your puppy is
free from parasites. If the worms were not shedding eggs or cysts
at that particuliar time there will not be anything present for them to
see - with this in mind, your puppy can definatly have worms even
though you receive a negative result.

You should feel confident that the puppy is worm free after several
stool samples in a row have been negative and the pup is showing
no signs of parasite infestation. These signs can be weight loss,
poor coat, diarrhea, bloody stool, poor appetite, lack of energy etc...

Your puppy may not be ready for a second vaccination at the first
visit. Check the date that your puppy had it's first shot and do not
let him be re-vaccinated for another 3-4 weeks from that date.

Your puppy will require a total of 4 vaccines ending around his 4th
month. Each vaccine is given in this same 3-4 week interval.
Different areas of the country often have differing vaccination
schedules as well as variance in which vaccines they recommend.
Talk to your vet about what your puppy should and should not be
vaccinated for.

Your puppy will require a Rabies vaccine, generally between 3-6
months of age. This should also be discussed with your vet.

After your puppy has had his final vaccine he will be all set for
another year from this date. His rabies vaccine will need to be done
again 1 year after it was given as well. After two rabies vaccines,
spaced 1 year apart, he will then not need another one for 3 more

Your vet will listen to the puppies heart in order to rule out heart
murmurs. It is possible for your vet to hear a murmur that our vet
did not hear. This can happen due to stress or just timing. Most
heart murmurs go away within a short time if they are detected.
Heart murmurs are not common but it is a possibility. They will also
look in their eyes and do a complete physical examination.

Your vet will probably discuss heartworm and flea prevention
products with you. If you have not had a dog for several years, you
might not be aware of the growing risk of heartworm in dogs.
Heartworm is transmitted by the common mosquito and is a
dangerous and life threatening disease. Ask your vet about the
prevalence of heartworm in the area you live before deciding if you
will give it to your puppy or not. Different areas of the country are
more likely to have this problem than others. Fleas are much more
common in every area of the country and some sort of prevention
will be necessary. You have a wide range of choices for fleas that
you can discuss with your vet from natural products like brewers
yeast and garlic tablets, monthly topical chemicals, monthly pills or
sprays and powders. Ask questions and find the best option for you
and your pet. Many of the monthly flea and or heartworm
prevention products will also help to eliminate or prevent other
pests like ear mites and other intestinal worms. Be sure to ask
about these benefits as well when you are choosing the right

We highly recommend having your pet spayed or neutered AND IT
Females that come into heat are susceptible to Pyometra - which is
an infection in the uterus from the lining not shedding completely.
This disease can effect your dog without any symptoms until it is
too late. It can kill! Neutering your pet is the healthy choice for both
male and female pets. Ask your vet about when the best time to
schedule this procedure, it is most often done around 6 months of