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When do you worm puppies and give first shots

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When do you worm puppies and give first shots
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Amanda replied 10 years ago.

The current recommendations are to deworm the puppies every 2 weeks starting at 2 weeks. Continue to deworm until they are in their new homes.

First distemper/parvo shots do not need to be given until 6 weeks unless the puppies were not nursing. The shots are given every 3 weeks thereafter until 16 weeks of age. Rabies can only be administered by a licensed veterinarian and is not usually given until 16 weeks (no booster until the next year).

Flea prevention should be started at 6-10 weeks. I recommend Frontline or Advantage. Heartworm prevention can be started by 3-4 months of age, but should definitely by given before 6 months of age. Once on heartworm prevention, they may no longer need routine dewormings because heartworm products deworm for roundworms and hookworms (and whipworms for Interceptor) monthly.

Good luck!

Dr. Amanda