Your Toy Poodle’s Veterinarian

Cape Rose Toy Poodles


  What to Feed Your Toy Poodle
  Vegetables and Toy Poodles
  Prevent Dog Poisoning
  Raising a Healthy, Happy Toy Dog
  Poodle Teeth and Dental Health
  Soiling the Crate
  House Training Your Toy Poodle
  What about Crates?
  Is Neutering Cruel?
  Grooming Your Toy Poodle
  Tear Stains
  Blind Dogs Dot Net
  Stem Cell Therapy for Dogs
  How to Keep Your Toy Poodle Safe
  How to Prevent Tick Diseases
  Canine Anaplasmosis
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Puppies will also start to take heartworm preventative while they’re still with the breeder. Heartworm preventative is something you need to give monthly for the rest of your pet’s life. Heartworm disease is spread by infected mosquitoes and is life-threatening.

For toy poodles we prefer the smaller, tablet-form heartworm preventatives such as Interceptor or Iverhart Plus. Why? Because we can be sure our dogs receive the full dose. Some of the chewable heartworm preventatives are too big and, even though we crumble up the dose, our toy poodles sometimes don’t eat it all.

With the smaller tabs, you can just give as a treat or break it up into small pieces in your pet’s food. Because our vet doesn’t carry the smaller kinds of heartworm preventative, we purchase ours from 1-800-PetMeds. You need a prescription which your vet can fax to the company or which you can mail to them.


Next to you and your family, your veterinarian is your toy poodle’s best friend. Your vet is the first person you should turn to for advice on finding a good breeder even before you buy a puppy. And your vet can help you keep your toy poodle healthy and happy for many years to come.


Within 24 hours of bringing your puppy home, take him or her to your vet for a checkup to make sure the puppy is healthy. A good breeder wants, in fact, requires you to do this. Our policy was to hold the pup’s AKC registration form until the vet check was completed and we were assured that the puppy passed muster. That policy gave the new owner motivation to establish a relationship with a veterinarian for their new puppy’s benefit.

 Lyme Disease

If you live in an area where deer ticks are prolific, consider asking your vet to administer protective vaccinations against Lyme Disease. In some parts of the United States other vaccinations might be necessary, too.

Ticks carry a number of infectious agents that can make your pet sick, even threatening her life.

Using topical preparations is one way to help prevent ticks from making your toy poodle sick. Your veterinarian can suggest the best preventative for you to use on your toy poodle.Ticks_and_Tick_Diseases.htmlTicks_and_Tick_Diseases.htmlWeekly_Toy_Poodle_News/Entries/2009/1/31_Under_Our_Skin_-_Lyme_Disease_and_Other_Tick_Diseases.htmlshapeimage_6_link_0shapeimage_6_link_1shapeimage_6_link_2

At about 16 weeks or so, your puppy will receive an inoculation against rabies. Most municipalities require proof of rabies protection before licensing a dog, something that’s usually required for dogs over 6 months of age.

The rabies shot that your vet gives to an adult toy poodle is usually valid for two years. As proof of inoculation, you will receive a rabies certificate as well as a metal rabies tag for your dog’s collar.

Did you know that toy poodles live an average of 14 years?

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The vet will also make sure that your puppy’s inoculations are on schedule. Puppies generally receive three shots to protect them against potentially life-threatening illnesses like distemper. By the way, do not take your puppy to public places until s/he has had at least two puppy shots. That’s why we prefer breeders whose pups are 10 weeks old before going to new homes. By 10 weeks of age, the pup has had those two inoculations.


Your veterinarian will probably want to see your toy poodle annually for a wellness checkup and, perhaps, booster inoculations. Generally speaking, senior toy poodles make wellness visits to the vet twice a year.