All went pretty well at the vet's office today. Gloria and I managed to keep them from giving Picasso any shots or trimming his nails. The breeder has him up to date on shots, and I'll take care of his nails myself.
He had been scratching his left ear a lot so I asked them to check it carefully. They got a lot (for such a small ear) of discharge out of it using several Q-tips. They examined the discharge and determined that he has a yeast infection in his left ear. The right ear is fine. Anyone else had that issue? If so, is it ongoing or does it usually clear up as they get older? They cleaned his ear with several Q-tips and put some ointment in it.
The vet recommended Revolution (selamectin) Topical Parasiticide for Puppies & Kittens for fleas and several other parasites. I wouldn't let them apply it, but brought a little tube home with me to use if it seems prudent to do so after I get input from all you experts.
His teeth are slow erupting, but the vet says it is common with Havanese. Has that been your experience? He has his upper canine teeth out and a few molars. All the front teeth are still beneath the gums.
The breeder advised against Leptospirosis vaccination. The vet strongly advised it at his next visit in three weeks, saying that the vaccine has been much improved recently. Please give me the arguments for and against vaccination. The vet also advised Bordetella for kennel cough, saying they have been seeing a lot of it lately. Again, please give me your opinion.
Sorry for all the questions, but we've fallen head over heels in love with the little guy and want to do everything the best we can for him!
Oh, he weighs 3 pounds 11.5 ounces, up from 2 pounds 15.5 ounces last Saturday when we picked him up. Seems like a lot of weight gain; is that normal?
Thanks for all the advice. I really do value and appreciate it.
Kodi got a yeast infection in one ear when he was a small puppy too. Once it was cleared up, we've never had another problem.
We started Kodi on Frontline as a flea/tick preventative. But different products work best in different areas. Your best bet is to work with your vet and breeder on this one.
Kodi's teeth were all fully erupted when I got him, but that is typical for dogs in his family. There are a lot of Havs who have teeth erupting later. As long as they eventually get them (parents or earlier litters from the same parents are probably the best predictors) it really doesn't matter whether they come in later or earlier.
I would NOT get Lepto vaccine for Kodi. There are a number of different strains of Lepto, and the vaccine only guards against a small number of the strains. It is also THE most likely vaccine to cause adverse side effects. The best way to prevent Lepto is to keep your dog from drinking out of puddles where wild animals may have been drinking.
As fr as Bordatella is concerned, I guess it depends on a number of factors. If you are planning on day care or boarding, the facility may require the vaccine. This is also true of some grooming places. HOWEVER, the vaccine only prevents a small number of the many causes of kennel cough. So getting the vaccine doesn't mean your dog can't get kennel cough. It also isn't effective for very long... you have to get it renewed every 6 months or so, just to have it effective against the few strains it works against. Finally, in healthy dogs, kennel cough is annoying, but rarely fatal. Kodi does not go to day care, and when he needs to be boarded, it is in-home boarding with a friend. I feel that his exposure is minimal, and I'd rather take a chance with the disease itself thatn with repeated exposure to the vaccine.
I think that you will find that people with Havs have mixed responses on the Bordatella vaccine. The same is true with flea and tick preventatives... which products work best depends very much on the dog and on the area you live in. I think VERY few Hav owners allow their dogs to be given Lepto vaccine unless they live in a real hot spot, where the disease is being regularly seen in the local DOG population.