We use Heartgard every month for our adult dogs to prevent heartworm disease.  Your vet will be able to recommend when you should start this product with your puppy.

What is Heartworm?
Heartworm Disease is a serious ailment that can affect dogs.  "Heartworm disease is a serious disease that results in severe lung disease, heart failure, other organ damage, and death in pets, mainly dogs, cats, and ferrets. It is caused by a parasitic worm called Dirofilaria immitis. The worms are spread through the bite of a mosquito."



Deer Ticks and Lymes disease can be quite serious.  It is important to protect your pet as best as you can.  Your vet will most certainly have a recommendation for you as to what products are best for your particular region in the country.  Some of our favorite tick prevention products that we have used over the years with great success are NexGard chewables, Bravecto chewables and Seresto collars.  Your vet will usually have these products on hand or you can request them on sites such as Chewy.com.



What is PARVO?
Parvo is very prevalent in the United States and is almost always lethal if a puppy gets it.  It is very contagious and one of the main reasons that we recommend you keep your puppy to yourself until they are fully vaccinated (this is one of the diseases they are being vaccinated for).  Not only can your puppy get it from another dog, but parvo can remain in soil for up to 5 years.  Anywhere an infected dog has been can cause infection in your puppy as well.  So definitely take precautions with your new little furry family member.



Remember to be careful with your little puppy in the heat!  Heat stroke can rapidly come upon a little pup because they don't have the panting capability yet, that an adult dog has, and can become quickly overheated.  Make sure to never leave them outside unattended on extremely hot days and make sure they always have fresh water and shade available to them if they are outside.  Also, never leave your puppy in a vehicle unattended.