Even though it is not recommended to get a puppy for Christmas, it is still common. So what do you do now? Hopefully your puppy is at least 8 weeks old, which is the minimum age for the puppy to leave it’s mother. Most breeders will have given your pup her first set of shots and a few rounds of deworming.
You will want to have the puppy have their first exam within the first week to make sure she is healthy and answer any questions you might have. Depending on when the breeder gave the first set of vaccines, she may be ready for her second set. We also like to give another round of dewormer because ours usually covers more than what the breeders give.
Once we give you the all clear for a healthy puppy, we will start her on a heart worm preventative and schedule more vaccinations in a few more weeks. At each round we will check her out again to make sure she is progressing well and talk about potty training, crate training, growth demands, neutering and spaying at appropriate ages.
It is always a good idea to jot down a list of questions you might have for the veterinarian to bring with you.