We suggest that you bring your new puppies and kittens in to see us very soon after birth, preferably within 48 hours. A full physical exam is needed as soon as possible. Parasites are especially harmful to younger pets and can be present at birth. During that first exam, we will assess the pet’s need for parasite control.
At the initial visit, we decide on a course of vaccinations. Again, animal babies are just like human babies in that they are quite susceptible to viruses and diseases. Therefore, we want to get them vaccinated as soon as possible and as soon as they are ready. We do not start a course of vaccines, however, before a pet is ready. For different pets, that point of readiness comes at different times. This depends on breed, size, health, and environment.
We want to be a part of your pet’s life from the start in order to keep them on the path to healthy and long life.
One of the most important parts of raising a well-rounded puppy is socialization. Many people think that they cannot socialize their young puppies until they have had all of their vaccinations. Socialization can be done at home with friends and family. Have friends bring by their fully vaccinated, adult dogs to help socialize your puppy. Small children and men are also helpful during the first weeks after you bring home your puppy.
For more information please read:
"After You Get Your Puppy" by Ian Dunbar