Puppy Care

Puppies need a lot of care and attention. They require pet vaccinations to protect them from diseases and regular vet check-ups to ensure they're healthy and happy. Proper puppy care is essential to keeping your furry friend healthy and safe. At Doggie Dude Ranch in Ames, IA, our veterinarian will provide your puppy with the care he needs.

Puppy Care

What Are the Necessary Puppy Vaccinations?

Puppies need a series of vaccines to help them build immunity to common diseases, including:


As puppies grow, their immune system develops and becomes stronger. However, puppies are much more susceptible to diseases during the early weeks and months of life. That's why it's important to get them vaccinated. The parvovirus is a highly contagious virus that attacks a puppy's gastrointestinal system. Symptoms include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, dehydration, and weight loss. The virus is most commonly spread through contact with infected feces.


Distemper is a virus that affects a puppy's respiratory and nervous systems. Symptoms include coughing, runny nose, fever, vomiting, and diarrhea. The virus is spread through contact with infected saliva, mucus, or discharge from the eyes.


Hepatitis is a virus that attacks a puppy's liver. Symptoms include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, and jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes). The virus is most commonly spread through contact with infected urine.

Spaying & Neutering: When is the Right Time?

The best time to spay or neuter your pet is before they reach sexual maturity, typically around six months. Spaying and neutering help reduce pet overpopulation and the risk of certain types of cancers. It can also help prevent unwanted behaviors, such as spraying or roaming. Talk to our veterinarian about the best time to spay or neuter. We will take into account your pet's health, as well as any other factors that may be relevant.

What to Expect at Your Puppy's First Veterinary Care Visit

Your puppy's first vet visit is an important milestone. It's a chance for the vet to perform a thorough check-up and ensure he is on track with his vaccinations. We will also be able to answer any questions that you may have about pet care.

Contact Our Animal Clinic to Schedule an Appointment

If you're looking for a veterinarian in Ames, look no further than Doggie Dude Ranch. We offer comprehensive veterinary care services, including pet vaccinations, spaying and neutering, and more. Call our team today at (515) 382-1444 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.

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