Dr. Louise Janes D.V.M. & Dr. Jeff Grognet D.V.M.

Three Things Your Puppy Needs

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Dr. Louise and Dr. Jeff connected in 1984 while Louise was the shepherd at UBC Agricultural Sciences. They later married in 1992 and dreamed of creating a practice they could share. In the fall of 1995, they moved to Oceanside and officially opened the doors of the Mid-Isle Veterinary Hospital in Qualicum Beach in 1996. Their care focuses on dogs and cats, utilizing integrative medicine – a blend of traditional and complementary therapies. Full examination, surgical, and radiological facilities are also available. They call themselves integrative practitioners.

Three things are essential for your puppy. The one most people think about are vaccinations. How old should a pup be when he gets his first set of vaccinations? What diseases should pups be vaccinated against?

There are no concrete answers to these questions. Your veterinarian is the best source for information on vaccinations because she will know which infections are a concern in your area and she will follow an established protocol that she trusts. For information on how long they can last, check this out: https://www.dogtraining.academy/newsletter—vaccine-schedules

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Second, deworming. Puppies can get roundworms from their mothers. Your pup should be dewormed several times during the first four months of his life. Once he reaches adulthood, most veterinarians suggest checking your dog’s stool (a fecal sample) for parasites or deworming him at least once a year. If your dog is on a heartworm preventive, which is necessary in heartworm areas, intestinal worms (with the exception of tapeworm) will be killed every month when you give the medication.

Feeding your pup can be as easy as opening a bag of food, or as complicated as preparing a balanced meal from scratch at home. Some puppies do better with meal feeding while others are comfortable with free choice feeding. Most new puppy owners are content to feed a premium food that is designed for growth. Though these diets are normally fed through the first year of life, puppies that are putting on fat rather than growing should be switched to an adult food at a younger age.

Most owners, like most parents, are concerned about bringing up their “baby” correctly. Get educated.


Dr. Louise Janes D.V.M. & Dr. Jeff Grognet D.V.M.

Mid-Isle Veterinary Hospital
5-161 Fern Road West
Qualicum Beach, BC
Tel (250) 752-896 
Mid-Isle Veterinary Hospital



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