October 3, 2008, Newsletter Issue #15: Avoid Common Puppy Health Problems With Preventative Medicine

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People line up to get flu shots every year to avoid getting sick. You can avoid common puppy health problems with preventative medicine, too. To be sure your puppy doesn't become ill from a virus that is easily prevented, you should:

Ask the breeder about vaccination records before buying the puppy. Be sure the puppy received at least the first DHLPP shot in the series. (A DHLPP shot is a combination injection that protects against distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza and parvovirus.)Take the puppy directly to the veterinarian's office for a well puppy check and set up a vaccination schedule. Your vet should give your puppy a series of DHLPP shots over the next few weeks, a Bordetella shot and a Rabies shot.

Make sure you don't miss any appointments for your puppy's shot appointments. While the costs do add up, they are much smaller than the cost of treating a sick puppy and the money spent is the least of the heartbreak you could face. A puppy with distemper or parvo often does not recover and the veterinary staff is often as devastated as the owners when their fight to save the puppy ends in a tragic loss of life.

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