Friendship Animal Hospital, P.C.

9825 S. Mason Rd., Suite 150
Richmond, TX 77406




Puppies need regular check ups to:

  • monitor normal growth and development
  • evaluate for parasites and start a healthy parasite control program that protects both the dog and the family
  • address early behavior and training issues
  • Implement a vaccine series to protect from preventable infectious diseases


Puppies should have the following vaccines:

  • DA2PP (Distemper/ Adenovirus type 2/ <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags"> Para influenza/ Parvo) vaccine:
    • Core vaccine (all dogs need this)
    • Every 3-4 weeks between 6 weeks and 16 weeks
  • Rabies vaccine:
    • Core vaccine (all dogs need this)
    • Between 12-16 weeks of age.
    • Must be boosted no more than 1 year after the initial vaccine, then vaccine is administered every three years.
  • Kennel cough (Bordetella)
    • For dogs who go to boarding/grooming facilities, doggie day care, dog parks, or who may be admitted to a hospital (i.e. for spaying/neutering)
    • Starting as early as 3 weeks of age
    • Boost every 6 months if indicated by risk of exposure.
  • Leptospira vaccine
    • For dogs who go to places where small mammal wildlife has access, such as dog parks, neighborhood fields, bayous, ponds, the country, or who have open land bordering their yards.
    • The risk of vaccine reaction is higher with this vaccine, so we do not administer it at the same time as the rabies vaccine.
    • Initial vaccine must be boosted in 3-4 weeks, then yearly if risk continues.
  • American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Vaccine Guidelines available at


Puppies should be checked for intestinal parasites



Feed a quality diet that is appropriate for the size and lifestyle

(I.e. large breed puppy food, small bites, etc.)


Socialize early (preferably before 4 months of age) to:

  • New people
  • Other animals
  • Children
  • Handling of the mouth, ears, and feet



  • Develop a routine
  • Provide ample opportunity to eliminate in the correct place
  • Crate train to encourage use of bowel and bladder control, to provide a personal den for the puppy, and to prevent accidents and injuries when not supervised.


Spaying or Neutering is recommended around 4-6 months of age. 

  • Retained puppy teeth can be diagnosed by 6 months of age, and should be removed while under anesthesia for spaying or neutering.