As many of you know we finally got our pup home and she is doing great.
I have few questions for you so bear with me, please.
Here is her "medical history" so far:[*]Born 10/20/2007 [*]Dewormed on 11/17/09, 11/29/09 and 12/11/09 with Strongid [*]Vaccinated on 11/21/09 with Schering-Plough Intra-Trac 3 (Canine Adenovirus Type 2, Parainfluenza, Bordetella) [*]Vaccinated on 12/4/09 with Fort Dodge Duramune Max 5 puppy shot (Coronavirus, Distemper, Adenovirus type 2, Parainfluenza, Parvovirus)
We haven't taken her to the vet yet since the breeder gave me a certificate signed by her vet that puppies had a checkup on 12/12/09 (day we picked her up).
My plan is to wait with the next Distemper/Parvo booster shot until new year (4 weeks after last shot) and then another 4+ weeks after that.
We were thinking about rabies shot after she is 6 months old.
Does that sound right?
Should we take her to the vet just for a visit anyway?
We were told we need to get her started on heartworm preventive right away (vet's office assumed we would be there for a visit right after we picked her up). We are in CT and temperatures around here are pretty low this time of year so I dont think there are any mosquitos around. Or should I do it anyway? I figured taking my time and not put more chemicals in her may be beneficial.
Which one would be best for her? Interceptor is what the vet recommended.
Also flea/tick preventive is probably a good idea but not sure if that can/should wait till later as we get closer to spring.
Is it better to do that or just vaccinate against Lyme disease? Breeder told me that other than required boosters and rabies this is the only vaccine she would recommend.
Even though I read few posts addressing all those issues I am still very confused about all this stuff. I know its better to prevent than cure, but then there are many cons to all those chemicals on/in the pup so I want to make the best decision possible.
One thing I worry about is her socializing and being outside in general prior to having all the boosters done. sort of catch 22.
Please let me know what you think about all this. Help a newbie out. LOL
Sorry for another long post but I am afraid there will be more questions coming.
Thank you in advance.