Medical Care for Your Mini Aussie Puppy

 

 

WELL PUPPY VET EXAM

We suggest you take your new puppy in to the vet for the initial check up within 72 hours after pick up. We want you and your vet to be in agreement with us that you have received a happy, healthy little bundle of joy. This veterinary visit is required to validate your health guarantee.

 

 

IMMUNIZATIONS AND ANNUAL CHECK UPS

Puppy vaccinations are given at at ages 6 weeks, 9 weeks, 12 weeks and 16 weeks to complete the series and ensure protection for your puppy. You Miniature Australian Shepherd is not fully protected until after the 16 week vaccinations which includes a one year rabies vaccination. During these unprotected weeks be sure to guard the puppy from infection. Don't take your puppy to places where dogs congregate such as dog parks, the pet store, or rest areas on the way home! Try to keep your puppy at home and take these weeks as personal one on one time to get to know each other. There will be plenty of time to romp in the park and show off your sweet Mini Aussie puppy once the vaccination series is completed. We suggest you talk with your veterinarian as to which shots in the complete series are good for your Mini Aussie puppy and your personal situation. Yearly vet exams and booster vaccinations are important for the remainder of your Miniature Australian Shepherd's life. Not maintaining a proper vaccination schedule or yearly veterinary checkups will void your health guarantee.

To provide the best response, the first time an animal is being vaccinated against a disease, repeated vaccinations are usually given 2-4 weeks after the prior vaccination. The first vaccine more-or-less primes the immune system, and the subsequent vaccination(s) increase the immune response. If a period longer than several weeks occurs between this first series of vaccinations, the immune system is no longer 'primed,' and less of an immune response will result from the subsequent vaccination. It is therefore recommended that if more than 2-3 months has occurred between vaccinations in a young animal, or the vaccination status of an animal is unknown, the animal should be given two vaccinations 2-3 weeks apart. (This does not apply to rabies vaccinations.)  PLEASE READ MORE ABOUT VACCINATIONS

 

 

WE'LL C MINI AUSSIES' VACCINATION SCHEDULE

 

THIS IS THE SCHEDULE RECOMMENDED BY OUR VET.  OTHER VETS MAY VARY THEIR SCHEDULE SLIGHTLY.  DIFFERENT STATES HAVE DIFFERENT VACCINATION TIMES FOR THEIR RABIES REQUIREMENTS.  PLEASE CHECK WITH YOUR VET AND FOLLOW THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS. THE FOLLOWING IS WHAT WE DO WITH OUR PUPS AND ADULTS.

 

6 WEEKS OF AGE ~  All pups receive Duramune Max-5 which covers Distemper, Parvovirus, heapitis, Parainfulenza, and Adenovirus.
9 WEEKS OF AGE ~ All pups, if still at our kennel, receive a repeat of  Duramune Max-5 with the addition of Coronavirus Vaccine and Oral Bordetlla (Kennel Cough).
12 WEEKS OF AGE ~  All pups receive Duramune Max-5 and Coronavirus Vaccine.  NOTE: ORAL BORDETELLA IS ONLY NEEDED ONCE WHILE INJECTIONS ARE NEEDED FROM 9 WEEKS ON AT EVERY VACCINATION.
16 WEEKS OF AGE ~ All pups receive Duramune Max-5 and Coronavirus Vaccine.  At this time the pups also require a vet visit for their first Rabies Vaccine which is good for one year.  After the first year all Rabies Vaccines will be good for 3 years. 
ANNUAL BOOSTER VACCINATIONS ~  We give all our dogs annual booster vaccinations that equal the Duramune Max-5, Coronavirus, and Oral Bordetella.  We have our vet give rabies as required.

 

AGAIN, PLEASE FOLLOW YOUR VET'S RECOMMENDATIONS.  THIS IS PART OF YOUR REQUIREMENT TO SEE YOUR VET AS SOON AS YOU GET YOUR MINI AUSSIE PUPPY.  WE WANT YOU TO KNOW HOW TO FOLLOW UP ON VACCINATIONS CORRECTLY.  WE ALSO WANT EVERYONE TO START THIS WONDERFUL ADVENTURE KNOWING THAT THE BABY THAT LEFT OUR KENNEL IS A HAPPY AND HEALTHY MINI AUSSIE PUPPY.

 

 

WORMING

We suggest you discuss a worming schedule with your veterinarian at the Well Puppy visit. Your Mini Aussie has been given de-worming medication which covers the four most common types of worms (round, hook, whip, and tape worms). It is vital that you keep your Miniature Australian Shepherd on a good worming schedule to prevent major health issues. Failure to maintain a proper worming schedule will void your health guarantee.  

 

HEART WORM

Heartworm is spread by mosquitos so all dogs should be tested and kept on a monthly treatment to help prevent serious illness and the spread of infection. It is vital that you have a blood test for heart worm infection done by your veterinarian and know your Mini Aussie's MDR1 status prior to giving any Ivermectrin products. Since we do MDR1 gene testing on our breeding adults we can supply you with some valuable information on your puppy's status. Proper heartworm prevention is required to maintain your health guarantee.  Read more about MDR1.....

 

SPAYING / NEUTERING

Spaying or neutering is a requirement unless you have purchased breeding rights. After talking with our veterinarian, we feel that spaying and neutering be done between 6 and 8 months of age. We suggest you discuss this with your veterinarian at the Well Puppy visit as some vets have different opinions on this issue. You must have your Mini Aussie puppy spayed or neutered to maintain your health guarantee unless you have purchased breeding rights.

 

MDR1 GENE MUTATION

The MDR1 gene mutation can cause your Mini Aussie or any dog with any herding breed ancestry to be sensitive to certain drugs. Ivermectrin is the most common of these and reactions can be fatal. While you may make sure you do not give your dog one of these drugs there are other ways for your dog to come in contact with Ivermectrin. Dogs with access to livestock manure are at risk! Since we do MDR1 gene testing on our breeding adults we can supply you with some valuable information on your puppy's MDR1 status. Most of our Miniature Australian Shepherd puppies will not carry the mutated gene and will not have adverse reactions. However, a small percentage of our puppies will need to be tested. KNOW YOUR DOG'S MDR1 STATUS.   Read more about MDR1.....