Today was Charlie’s first trip to the vet! To keep him safe in the car on the way there, we used a small crate and put it in the backseat. In the vet’s office, they actually requested that we keep him in our laps, since there were a lot of other dogs around and he isn’t vaccinated yet. The first thing they did in the room was get his weight, a whole 10 pounds! Then the veterinarian came in and took a look at Charlie’s teeth, eyes, ears, and body. Thankfully we have a very sweet, healthy puppy! Next we started discussing the various vaccines that Charlie will be needing over the next couple of months.
The first procedures that are important are the fecal test and deworming. The deworming will remove some of the basic parasites that Charlie may have, while the fecal test will look at his feces and determine if there are any other parasites present, that the deworming wouldn’t work against. If he has any of these parasites then the veterinarian would prescribe a stronger medication to get rid of them. Since they actually ran the test in house, it only took about 10 minutes for them to determine that Charlie is parasite free! Next, the vet gave Charlie the first of three Distemper, or DHPP vaccines, and the Bordetella vaccine.
The DHPP vaccine is a combination vaccine that protects him from distemper, a contagious respiratory disease that can affect his muscles and coordination as well, from Parvo Virus, which is a really bad and highly contagious gastrointestinal disease, Hepatitis-Adenovirus Type 1, which attacks the liver and blood vessels and can cause hemorrhage, and Parainfluenza-Adenovirus Type 2, which is a respiratory tract infection. The Bordetella vaccine is given through his nose, and protects Charlie from a respiratory infection called Kennel Cough. Kennel cough is highly contagious respiratory infection that can turn into pneumonia if left untreated.
The veterinarian also told us that any vaccine that Charlie gets can cause a reaction. The biggest one to look out for is swelling around the face, especially near his eyes. This might occur in the first 30 minutes to an hour, and vet told us we would have to bring Charlie back right away so they can give him some medication to counter the allergic reaction. Other side effects include being sore or itchy where Charlie got the vaccine, being sleepy for the rest of the day, and possibly some vomiting or diarrhea. If Charlie vomits or has diarrhea, the veterinarian told us that this would be self-limiting. All we would have to do is remove his food for the rest of the day, and then by tomorrow he should be back to normal.
There are other vaccines that Charlie will need, but the doctor told us that it’s best to spread them out a bit to reduce the risks of a reaction. Charlie’s next visit then is three weeks from now for his DHPP booster!