There is nothing more precious than a baby anything and March 23rd celebrates our canine puppies. If you are experiencing a puppy deficit this would be a great day to consider a puppy adoption from one of our local shelters. How quickly we forget the work involved in creating the perfect adult pet so here are some puppy tips:

  • Remember puppies need a series of 3 vaccines at 8, 12 and 16 weeks of age and until they receive all 3 with time to get into the body and create immunity the puppy is at risk for becoming ill with serious diseases like parvovirus, distemper and leptospirosis. The pup is fully protected 2 weeks after the last boosters or 18 weeks of age.

  • Parasites need to be treated and prevented in puppies starting as soon as you get them. Roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, and heartworms need specific prevention and treatment intervals to protect your puppy.

  • Socialization is super important, so pick healthy, well vaccinated dog buddies and let the learning begin!

  • Puppies learn important lessons from their mother and should not be taken from the litter before 8 weeks of age

  • Training classes will advance your puppy quickly into the obedient fun friend you have been waiting for!

  • Crate training can be a huge asset both in preventing destruction or ingestion of foreign objects by the puppy now in the chew phase and later as an easy introduction to jet travel, boarding, vet hospital stays and a safe haven when you are not home to supervise.

  • Diet is super important in the growing puppy and many of the fad diet such as raw diets/high protein grain free diets can fail to provide the proper nutrition and specifically have been found to cause enlarged hearts (cardiomyopathy) in dogs. We support the companies who have a history of years of making fantastic diets such as Hill’s Science Diet, Purina and Royal Canin with human quality ingredients and sound research to back their products. We personally feed these products to our own pets and have seen healthy wonderful lives!

  • Toys and exercise round out the healthy development of your pet. In the toy department choose indestructible like Kong Toys! Exercise is fantastic but remember the bones are growing and strenuous exercise at such a young age is inadvisable.

Most of all enjoy, smell the puppy breath and laugh at all the antics sure to entertain you on a daily basis! Oh and don’t forget to mail us pictures at or post on our Instagram page @stmichaelsvet.