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It is very important to include children in your puppy's training and upbringing, regardless if there are any children living the home. You have both a responsibility to children in regards to your puppy, and a responsibility to your puppy regarding the children. read more

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Veterinary Care

The following information is a loose guideline for expected veterinary care, but will vary in content from region to region, surgery to surgery and breed to breed. It is not intended to replace advise and services provides by practising professionals.

Birth to 3 weeks

It is the breeder's responsibility to take the puppies at 1-2 days old to the veterinarian surgery to check for birth defects and other health related risks.

3 - 4 weeks

Provided that the puppies have been given a clean bill of health in their first days of life, and no further issues arise, no further visits to the veterinary surgery are necessary during this time.

4 - 7 weeks

During this time frame, puppies should submit a stool sample for worm analysis. This is also the time for the breeder to get advise from their veterinarian on puppy diet and vitamins.

7 - 12 weeks

When the puppy is approximately 8 weeks, they should be given their first inoculations for distemper, hepatitis, parvo and parainfluenza complex. In addition, this is the time to discuss with your veterinarian the puppy's dental, skin & coat care.

12 - 16 weeks

When the puppy is approximately 12 weeks, the second inoculations to include distemper, hepatitis, parvo, parainfluenza complex and the leptospirosis vaccine. At 16 weeks, the third series of shots is administered and a recheck of the puppy's stool for worms.

4 - 8 months

During this time the puppy owner should consider and discuss spaying, neutering or breeding options with their veterinarian. This is also the time to micro-chip and check stool again for worms.

8 - 18 months

If there are no health concerns, this timeframe may be considered veterinarian-free.

18+ months

Schedule a yearly check-up to include another stool sample. If hip dysphasia is a concern, consider x-rays confirmation at this time.