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Puppy is 8weeks old what shots does he need and what flea treatment

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puppy is 8weeks old what shots does he need and what flea treatment on him he is a baby pit
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
First, if Dozer is 8 weeks old, he is getting to an age where he can safely use most of our spot on flea treatments. That said, if we have a choice, I would note that Advantage Multi (Advocate) is a very good option for pups. The reason is because it will cover for fleas but also GI worms, lungworm, mites, and lice. So, it can be used monthly for both fleas and worms while he is young (since we worm monthly until 6 months of age). Of course, if he was very small (<1kg), you can use the spray version of Frontline. In fact, that preparation can actually be used from 2 days of age in pups.
Otherwise, if he is 8 weeks now and has only had the Parvo vaccine, then he will be ready to start his core vaccination. This is the DHLPP or DA2PP vaccine. This is what we consider a "core" vaccination and protects dogs against parvovirus, distemper, adenovirus, and parainfluenza. When this is administered, it is often given at the same time as vaccination against Leptospirosis (a bacteria that causes kidney failure in dogs as well as people). He should have his first one of these at this stage and then follow up with his next one in 2-4 weeks time. And if you are in an urban area where Parvo is rife (ie California), the we do often repeat the vaccination a 3rd time 2-4 weeks later to ensure they have optimum protection from these nasty pathogens. Finally, after that, they only need a annual booster to keep them protected.
I hope this information is helpful.
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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hi Nichole,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Dozer. How is everything going?