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Ludwig's Corner Veterinary Hospital

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New Puppy Information

Congratulations On Your New Puppy!

The following are recommendations our veterinarians have made to help your puppy live a happy, healthy life with you and your family.

Standard Protocol for New Puppies


  • 6 - 8 weeks – DA2PP, Bordetella Intranasal

  • 10 - 12 weeks – DA2PP, Leptospirosis, Bordetella Injectable

  • 12 -16 weeks- Rabies (per Pennsylvania state law)

  • 14 - 16 weeks – DA2PP, Leptospirosis, Lyme

  • 18 – 20 weeks – Lyme, Canine Influenza

  • 22 - 24 weeks – Canine Influenza

This vaccination protocol is based upon AAHA recommendations. The veterinarian may change these recommendations based upon the lifestyle and risk of your pet.

Spay / Neuter

  • Small breeds (Less than 45lbs adult weight) – recommended at 6 months

  • Large breeds (Greater than 45lbs adult weight) – recommended at 9-15 months

  • Blood work and ECG screening is performed prior to anesthesia.

  • Any remaining deciduous teeth should be extracted at this time


  • We utilize Home Again microchips which are accepted internationally.

  • This microchip is permanent ID that links your pet to you.

  • Once your pet receives a microchip, you can apply for a lifetime license

Stool Sample Exam

  • We recommend stool sample exams annually to keep our pets and family members healthy.

  • If your pet’s stool sample exam comes back positive for a parasite, we will notify you with the results, and provide appropriate treatment, including when to submit another stool sample to be sure the parasites have cleared your pet’s system

Flea, Tick & Heartworm Prevention

  • Credelio is an oral flea and tick prevention that lasts for 1 month. This product is used for dogs and puppies 8 weeks of age and older.

  • Bravecto is an oral flea and tick prevention that lasts for 3 months. You can use this product starting at 6 months of age.

  • Sentinel Spectrum is an oral heartworm preventative. In addition to preventing heartworm, this product helps protect against roundworm, hookworm, whipworm, and tapeworm infection. It also interrupts the flea life cycle.

Dental Care

Now is a great time to get your puppy used to the sensations of tooth brushing.

  • At home, practice opening your pet’s mouth and lift your pet’s lips on a daily basis. After they are comfortable with that sensation, start rubbing your fingers on their gums and teeth on a daily basis.

  • We offer finger brush kits, tooth paste specific for pets, dental treats and dental diets. Please wait until adult teeth are present before brushing.

  • Appropriate chew toys can also help maintain your pet’s oral health. Toys should be made from material that you can indent with your thumb nail. If the toy is too hard, your pet could be at risk for fracturing teeth.

Pet Insurance

There are many types of insurance coverage for your pet. Some insurance plans offer coverage for injuries/illnesses, some plans offer coverage for wellness/ preventative needs, and some plans offer coverage that is comprehensive (both illness and wellness). There are several companies to choose from with a few listed below.

  • ASPCA Pet Health Insurance

  • Pet Plan Insurance

  • Trupanion Insurance

  • Nationwide Insurance

  • Embrace

Trupanion Insurance offers 30 days of free insurance if you contact them within 24 hours of your first veterinary exam. Trupanion also directly reimburses your veterinarian.

Puppy Diets

We recommend offering pet foods that have been AAFCO tested and are for the puppy life stage. This information is available on the pet food bag.

Our veterinarians recommend:

  • Hill’s Science Diet

  • Royal Canin

  • Iams / Eukanuba

  • Purina Pro Plan

  • Purina One

There are many other good quality foods on the market, but be cautious. Expensive marketing campaigns are misleading and do not always correspond with the quality of the food.

Car Sickness

Each animal handles the car and coming to the vet differently. Here are some helpful tips to get your puppy used to the motions and prepare them for their vet visit:

  • One reason for motion sickness in young pups is a lack of early handling by humans. Try cuddling the puppy upside down in your lap, gently picking him up in the air or rolling him gently on the floor. These small movements done daily can mimic the car motion.

  • Every ride for the dog should not be an unpleasant experience with a needle at the veterinarian’s office or tedious grooming at a salon.

  • Ask about bringing the animal in for a happy visit, just to have the staff give treats, praise the animals and get them used to being in the office for positive reasons.


  • Don’t feed your dog before getting him/her into the car.

  • Always leave the window open for enough fresh air but NOT enough for him to jump out.

  • As he progresses so that he can go for short runs, take him whenever you can…on chores, for a short visit to friends, for a fill-up at the gas station. Work his rides into your normal routine whenever possible. Happy motoring!

If car sickness continues, your Veterinarian can prescribe a sedative or anti-nausea medication. Adaptil is a collar the animals can wear, which gives off a pheromone that helps with calming.

Owners report much success with a drug called Cerenia for chronic cases.