Amesbury Animal Hospital

277 Elm Street
Amesbury, MA 01913


Puppy Wellness Program
We want to start all of our puppies off on the right paw! Below are the basic recommendations for our puppy wellness program. We tailor our protocol for each individual puppy based on their age, lifestyle or level of exposure. At your puppy's first visit, we perform a complete physical examination and address a variety of health care concerns including proper diet, exercise, training and routine care. We recommend an intestinal parasite screening at this first visit as well and we will send you home with a free "puppy kit" including one month of Canine Frontline and Heartgard. We repeat a physical examination at each follow-up appointment to monitor each stage of your puppy's growth and development. Please see the "Canine vaccination" page for an explanation of each vaccine.

*Remember, this is an example of one protocol and we may decide on a different one for your puppy based on a number of factors (age, exposure, previous vaccinations, etc).

First Visit (8 weeks):
-         Physical examination/Weight
-         Intestinal parasite screening
-         1st DA2P/Parvo vaccine (Distemper/Adenovirus/Parainfluenza/Parvovirus)
-         1st Bordatella vaccine (Kennel Cough)
Second Visit (12 weeks):
-         Physical examination/Weight
-         2nd DA2P/Parvo booster
-         1st Leptospirosis vaccine
-         1st Lyme vaccine
-  +/- 1st Influenza vaccine, depending on exposure/risk
Third Visit (16 weeks):
-         Physical examination/Weight
-         3rd DA2P/Parvo booster
-         2nd Lepto booster
-         2nd Lyme booster
- +/- 1st Influenza vaccine, depending on exposure/risk
-         Rabies vaccine
During these first few visits with your puppy, we also like to cover a variety of health care topics and concerns. Please feel free to look through the list below so you can be prepared to discuss them with your veterinarian.

-         House/Crate training
-         Diet: type, amount, feeding
-         Intestinal parasites and de-worming
-         Flea and tick preventative (Frontline, Advantix, other)
-         Heartworm preventative (Heartgard, Interceptor, other)
-         Spay/neuter
-         Oral care: brushing teeth, diet, dental treats
-         Cleaning ears, monitoring for debris
-         Grooming/Bathing/Nail trimming
-         Training/Puppy classes/Socialization