Puppy Care and Unaltered Dogs

Puppy shots are one of the crucial steps in assuring the puppy will have a healthy and happy puppyhood.  ​At Sitting Pretty, we do board very young dogs and there are risks when your dog is not fully vaccinated. We go to great lengths to ensure the health and safety of all the dogs.  Very young dogs might need to be kept separated from the other dogs.

At six weeks of age, 25% of puppies could be immunized. At 9 weeks of age, 40% of puppies were able to respond to the vaccine. The number increased to 60% by 16 weeks of age, and by 18 weeks, 95% of puppies are protected by the vaccine.  Almost all researchers agree that puppies need to get at least three combination vaccinations and repeat these at one year of age to protect them from parvovirus and distemper.

We do ask that all have a yearly Bordetella vaccination and stay current on flea meds after the age of 6 months.

Puppies are considered special needs dogs and we charge as such. Quote upon request.

If you have a puppy, you’ve come to the right place for bathing!  We are very knowledgeable when it comes to dealing with special needs while grooming.

As we all know, puppies carry a lot of energy! 

Bath time can be a new and scary experience for puppies.

We make sure to keep your puppy calm and comfortable

at all times to give the puppy a positive experience.

Tip: Touching your puppies’ paws and ears frequently

can help to make your dog more comfortable when

it’s time for ear cleaning and nail trimming.

As stated by The Humane Society, the decision to spay or neuter your pet is an important one for pet owners. It can be the single best decision you make for their long-term welfare.

Getting your pet spayed or neutered can:

  • Reduce the number of homeless pets killed

  • Improve your pet's health 

  • Reduce unruly behavior

  • Save on the cost of pet care

Curbing bad behavior

Unneutered dogs are much more assertive and prone to urine-marking (lifting his leg) than neutered dogs. Although it is most often associated with male dogs, females may do it as well. Spaying or neutering your dog should reduce urine-marking and may stop it altogether.

The longer you wait, the greater the risk you run of the surgery not doing the trick because the behavior is so ingrained.

Other behavioral problems that can be ameliorated by spay/neuter include:

  • Roaming, especially when females are "in heat."

  • Aggression: Studies also show that most dogs bites involve dogs who are unaltered.

  • Excessive barking, mounting, and other dominance-related behaviors.

While getting your pets spayed/neutered can help curb undesirable behaviors, it will not change their fundamental personality, such as their protective instinct.

We consider an unaltered dog a special needs dog

and we charge as such. Quote upon request.

We will take into account boarding and/or offer daycare to unspayed females as long as they are not in season, as well as unneutered males as long as they are respectful and responsive to commands.

Here is our rule of thumb when it comes to considering your dog:

  • if you have a puppy that is too young to be altered

  • if you have an AKC registered show dog that is currently showing

  • if there is a medical reason, such as seizures

We will care for unvaccinated puppies.

However it is labor intensive, with an extra amount of loving attention. It also might require restriction from other dogs.

Puppy Grooming

Boarding an unaltered dog

Vaccination of puppies

Unspayed females or unneutered males

You might be asking why you should bring your young puppy for socialization and/or daycare when you can remember a vet once telling you how dangerous this could be. The answer is that veterinary medicine is not static. The old-fashioned recommendations about keeping your puppy indoors for the first four months were based on the vaccines that were available back in the 1980s. Since then, vaccines have come a long way in their efficiency. Today’s puppies can safely venture out to early puppy socialization classes, if conducted in a controlled and safe environment.

The critical window for developing a puppy’s attitudes toward the world is between three weeks and twelve weeks. At that age, the impact of environmental experiences begins to diminish, with this sensitive window shutting for good at eighteen weeks.

Vaccines used to be typically administered in three series: at ages eight weeks, twelve weeks, and the final round at sixteen weeks. In other words, if you waited until the last round of vaccines, at age sixteen weeks, and only then ventured out to puppy socialization classes, you would have missed that critical window of opportunity when these interactions actually have profound ramifications on your puppy’s mental development.

However, with the new and improved vaccines (known as “high titer, low passage”), vaccinations are now recommended, according to the American Animal Health Association Vaccine Guidelines starting at six to eight weeks of age and then again three weeks later, and a final dose three weeks after that, at age twelve weeks or older.

Puppy Socialization

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