Puppy Care

What to Expect at Your Puppy's Vet Visits

Congratulations on your new puppy! Thank you for choosing us to help protect and care for your new addition to your family. Our puppy wellness program is designed to help get your puppy started on the right path to a long and and healthy life. It's important to schedule your puppy for his or her exam as soon as possible. We will make sure your new family member is protected.Puppies are lively and cute, but they also have specific medical care needs. At CRVC we like to make you aware of these requirements so you can keep your puppy healthy and help them grow into happy, healthy adult dogs. We are here to help you address the physical and behavioral needs of your new puppy. Our staff will spend time with you at each visit answering your questions

First Visit - Around 8 weeks of age

  • Physical Exam -
  • First Distemper vaccine
  • First Fecal Exam
  • Dewormer
  • Start Heartworm prevention / Flea and Tick Prevention (free sample)
  • Staff will discuss socialization, playing vet, and training
  • In addition, you will receive a packet of information.

Second Visit - Around 12 weeks of age

  • Physical Exam
  • Second distemper vaccine
  • Rabies vaccine ( if size permits)
  • Dewormer
  • Leptospirosis vaccine (if desired and necessary)
  • Staff will talk about spaying/neutering, socialization, dental prevention, and parasite prevention

Third Visit - Around 16 weeks of age

  • Physical Exam
  • If at least 16 weeks of age, final distemper vaccine
  • Lyme vaccine #1 (if desired)
  • Second Fecal Exam
  • Staff will discuss behavior since at this age their is only 2-4 weeks before they go from kids to teenagers. They will also discuss weight and weight change after spaying/neutering.
  • Optional wellness labwork

6 Months of Age

  • Spay/Neuter
  • Dewclaw removal if desired

After bringing a new puppy home they will need time to adjust. Your goal should be to help your little one bond with his/her new family. This will help minimize stress on your new puppy after having left their mother and littermates. At home, play, exercise, social contact, feeding, and good veterinary care are basic requirements. Behavioral training is important! Training leads to a happier pet and a rewarding relationship with your new puppy. Be sure to enroll your puppy in a puppy training class and read your puppy emails that you will receive from us.

Some local trainers are:

  • Your Dog's Place, Honesdale PA.........................................570-729-8977
  • Cherry Ridge Dog Obedience, Honesdale PA....................... 570-540-0498

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Cherry Ridge Veterinary Clinic Hours


7:30 am-7:30 pm


7:30 am-5:30 pm


7:30 am-5:30 pm


7:30 am-7:30 pm


7:30 am-5:30 pm


8:00 am-1:30 pm