Caring for a Newborn Puppy (cont.)

When Should Puppies Have Their First Vet Checkup?

Assuming the pups appear healthy, most veterinarians recommend that they receive their first round of standard vaccinations at six weeks of age. Deworming and a physical examination can begin at an early age. Consult with your veterinarian to schedule your puppies' preventative health plan. However, you should call your vet immediately if a puppy exhibits any of the following symptoms:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Poor weight gain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficult breathing
  • Coughing/wheezing
  • Constant crying
  • Pale gums
  • Swollen eyes or eye discharge
  • Nasal discharge
  • Inability to pass urine or stool

The ASPCA Virtual Pet Behaviorist specializes in the resolution and management of pet behavior problems only. Please do not submit questions about medical problems here. Only licensed veterinarians can diagnose medical conditions. If you think that your pet is sick, injured or experiencing any kind of physical distress, please contact his veterinarian immediately. A delay in seeking proper veterinary care may worsen your pet's condition and put his life at risk.

If you are concerned about the cost of veterinary care, please read our resources on finding financial help.