June 07, 2024 1 min read

Deworming and vaccination are critical components of puppy care. Proper protocols help prevent common parasites and diseases, ensuring your puppies grow up healthy and strong.

Deworming Protocol

  • Prenatal Deworming: Deworm pregnant dams from day 42 of pregnancy until 14 days post-birth using Fenbendazole (1 cc per four pounds of body weight).
  • Puppy Deworming: Begin deworming puppies at two weeks old and continue every two weeks. Use appropriate medications like Nemex or Strongid.

Vaccination Schedule

  • Initial Vaccinations: Start vaccinations at 8 weeks, followed by boosters at 12 and 16 weeks. Use vaccines like DHPP (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus).
  • Parvo-Specific Vaccination: Give a final Parvo-only vaccine at 18 weeks to ensure full protection.
  • Rabies: Administer the rabies vaccine at 20 weeks or later, depending on local regulations.

Advanced Protection

  • Probiotics: Use probiotics like Nurture Flora to support gut health, starting from birth.
  • Visitor Hygiene: Implement strict hygiene protocols for visitors to prevent the introduction of external parasites and diseases.


Following these deworming and vaccination protocols will significantly reduce the risk of parasites and diseases, ensuring your puppies have the best start in life.

 **This article is based on a webinar hosted by veterinarian and breeder expert Dr. Marty Greer and breeder, handler, podcast host Laura Reeves. CLICK HERE to watch "What your puppies’ poopy is telling you".