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Wellness Care for Puppies

We provide the most common routine and essential surgical services at our modern and well-equipped hospitals including soft-tissue and orthopedic surgeries, and dental therapeutics. Our surgery protocols include best practice approaches to pre-medication and anesthesia, monitoring, and IV therapy support, with top priority put on keeping your pet safe, comfortable and minimizing stress and pain.

Puppy Wellness Recommendations

Veterinary Exams

Examinations by a veterinarian are an essential tool in assessing your puppy’s health and wellbeing and invaluable in making proper decisions about your puppy’s overall care. We recommend having exams performed at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age.

Core Vaccines

Core vaccines are those immunizations recommended for all dogs regardless of life stage or lifestyle due to factors such as the likelihood of infection, the threat posed to the pet’s health, or the risk of transmission to humans (zoonotic potential).

  • DA2PPV (Distemper, Parvo, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza) – Recommend starting at the 8-week puppy visit with boosters at the 12-week and 16-week puppy visits. Boosters need to be at least 3 weeks apart but not longer than 5 weeks apart to be effective. The last vaccine must be given at 16 weeks or older to be fully protective.
  • Bordetella (also known as the Kennel Cough Vaccine) – Recommend starting at the 8-week or 12-week puppy visits with a booster 3-5 weeks after the initial vaccine. This vaccine is recommended every 6 months for dogs regularly exposed to high-risk situations such as grooming, boarding, day play, and dog parks.

  • Rabies (RV) – Recommended at either the 12 or 16-week puppy visit. This is a single dose vaccine with no booster needed. Rabies vaccination is required by law.

  • Canine Influenza – within the previous 12 months; puppies or unvaccinated adults must have a minimum of 2 boosters (one at or after 16 weeks)

Non-Core Vaccines

Non-core vaccines are given depending on your dog’s exposure risk. Conversations with your veterinarian regarding the risks and benefits will help in determining a vaccine regimen that will provide the safest and best protection for your individual pet.

  • Leptospirosis – Recommend starting at the 12-week puppy visit with one booster 3-5 weeks after the initial vaccine.

This immunization is considered non-core at this time. CityVet only recommends this vaccine for at-risk dogs (exposed via boarding, day play, grooming, dog park, etc.) based on risk assessment by your veterinarian or in the face of an outbreak.

Food / Nutrition

Starting your puppy on a healthy food that is free of dyes, fillers and low-quality ingredients will have a life-long impact on health. Choosing healthy food can be difficult, which is why we only carry healthy foods that our veterinarians feed their own pets

Spay / Neuter

We generally recommend that puppies be spayed or neutered at approximately 6 months of age, but some variations may apply to certain breeds and in certain circumstances. Consult with your veterinarian for specific recommendations.


We recommend that every pet be microchipped regardless of age; it can mean the difference in whether a lost pet is returned home safely. Microchipping is a simple procedure that can be done in the exam room or while under anesthesia for other procedures. Some cities require microchipping for pet registration.

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