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I’m getting conflicting info from my old vet vs new vet so would appreciate your experience. Our Hav pup is 16 weeks.

1) What age do you recommend the first rabies vaccine? Our county law says anytime after 4 months.

2) What age did you start heartworm preventative? (We will use brown box Interceptor)

3) What age did you start oral flea/tick preventative? (Not looking for debate on oral vs topical)
 

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I’m getting conflicting info from my old vet vs new vet so would appreciate your experience. Our Hav pup is 16 weeks.

1) What age do you recommend the first rabies vaccine? Our county law says anytime after 4 months.
IF it is legal, I would wait until 6 months. But I don’t believe that it is in California. Please check your STATE law.

2) What age did you start heartworm preventative? (We will use brown box Interceptor)
Please check the manufacturer’s recommendations and your vet. I can’t remember off hand. But heartworm prevention is important if it is a danger in your area. Interceptor is a fairly safe product. We have used it according to product recommendations for our puppies in terms of when to start it. We do NOT use it in cold weather, but that is climate dependent.

3) What age did you start oral flea/tick preventative? (Not looking for debate on oral vs topical)
We don’t, as I’ve mentioned before. But we also don’t use ANY flea/tick products on our puppies through their first puppy season. We make it our business to keep our puppies out of areas where they might pick up these pests during their first season, so we don’t NEED to expose them to toxic chemicals while they are growing.
 
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