​​Your puppy comes to you having received his first vaccination. At your first visit with your veterinarian you need to talk about continuing those shots. Puppies need to go through a series of vaccinations before they are fully protected from diseases. We recommend a schedule where your puppy gets 3 vaccinations total 4 weeks apart with the last one at 16 weeks or older. We do not vaccinate for Coronavirus or Leptospirosis because many puppies have reactions to these vaccinations. Talk to your vet about any issues in your area with these diseases and the necessity to vaccinate for them vs the risk. When the puppy reaches 6 months of age it’s time for a rabies vaccination. You may find your local laws require this to be done sooner. Check with your veterinarian on this. If your puppy will be going to the groomer, boarding facility, or dog events on a regular basis, talk to your vet about a bordetella (kennel cough) vaccine also.

You should also talk to your vet about spaying and neutering. As stated in your purchase agreement spay/neuter should take place between 12-15 months. Puppy needs hormones to direct growth plate closure so we do not see future tendon issues due to bones growing too long so spaying/neuter should be done after the growth plates have closed. Whippets are an active breed and we want to take care that growth is done properly. Do not over exercise your puppy. Let them play at their own pace and take short walks with them being careful not to tire them too much. Once the puppy is past a year old longer walks, hikes, and jogging are fine.

You puppy has gone through our de-worming program. We use a combination of different kinds of worm medication to try and cover our bases. Please be advised that this litter has been raised on reclaimed farmland and has traveled to shows and dog events, therefore, at the first sign of loose, mucoid stools and depressed appetite, coccidian parasite bloom should be suspected and a fecal should be immediately performed. A variety of protozoan parasites are endemic to the soils of this area. Dogs develop immunity to most of these (exception—Giardia) as they pass from the early puppy stages and their immune system strengthens and develops. If you’d like, when puppy goes in for one of his vet checks and vaccinations, take a fresh, small sample and have it rechecked. Once our puppies go through this process as pups and don’t have any obvious issues, we just routinely worm our dogs twice a year with a broad spectrum wormer. Check with your vet also on their recommended de-worming protocol for adults. It will vary depending on the part of the country you live in and what your dog is exposed too.

Depending on the part of the country you live in your vet may also recommend a monthly flea and/or heartworm medication. Your puppy was treated with Advantage for fleas at 7 weeks. This is a topical application done monthly to prevent fleas. We have had great success with it.

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Mohr

Puppy Health Information