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Four-Day Pet Store Puppy Acceptance Program

Animal care guidelines set the minimum standard for each puppy coming to you. Accepting only healthy puppies helps protect the other babies in your care and assures the breeder they can trust your care. Dog breeders will fill your requirements and understand that everything you do is to ensure their babies stay healthy.


The store owner or manager should require documentation for the following vaccination and deworming schedules one week prior to the puppy arriving at the store.
  • Deworming Schedule
    • 4 weeks old with Pyrantel (Plumb)
    • 6 weeks old with Safeguard or Panacur (5 days in a row, this is prevention from intestinal worms and Giardia) (Plumb)


  • Have cages set up for puppies before arrival. Day one success is all about getting the puppy to eat in new facility! Love them up and keep them eating.
  • House all small/medium breeds two to a kennel. Puppies have had siblings around all their life to this point and single housing is stressful.
  • Match up personality -- You don’t want a Jack Russell to use a Maltese for a dog toy! You can tell in a few minutes if the match is a good one.
  • When housed alone: Puppies push nose through bars and do not romp around; all signs of stress.


Immediately flush nose with Saline/Lincomycin drops (10 cc Saline with 1 cc Lincomycin). A few drops in each nostril is all that is needed. Reasons why:
  • Re-hydrates membranes of nose from travel to help resist infection.
  • Detect any snot noses that are developing.
  • Helps them smell better, which gets them to eat better.

Note: If any sign of snot nose, send them back home for one week to be treated.


  • Intra-Trac 3 on the way into the kennel. These intranasal (IN) vaccines are good. We want them to get the vaccine before they breathe the air in the kennel. It also calls the immune system to the respiratory tract, so it helps with all the respiratory pathogens they may be exposed to.
  • Deworm with Fenbendazole (Panacur or Safeguard) 1 cc per 4 lbs daily for 3 days. Reason: Gets rid of Round, Hook, Whip, Tape and Giardia in one product.
  • Give puppies a high calorie treat twice a day. We prefer Forti Cal but all will work. This will not only keep their sugar levels up, but it will give them energy, as well. Forti Cal also provides vitamins to maintain appetite!
  • Use electrolytes in drinking water – “Puppy Gatorade.” Re-Sorb is a great and inexpensive way to put electrolytes into the puppies. This product is labeled for cattle, but it works great for new puppies and kittens. This product is easily cleaned out of the water bottles.
    • Re-Sorb comes in packets that tear open. Use one packet per one gallon of water. Puppies don't like things too sweet so we use it at one-half the strength for what is needed for calves.
  • If we are fighting respiratory, use Tylan Powder in the water. Tylan solves the stress diarrhea, which helps cleaning. Use ¼ teaspoon Tylan per one gallon of water (Plumb).
  • Tylan is okay to use with Re-Sorb.

Tip: For puppies that appear to be hypoglycemic, we like Pet Nutri-Drops® for giving them a quick boost of energy.


  • Give Parvo or DPv vaccines. Distemper and Parvo are the important ones here. Don’t vaccinate if stressed – wait 24 hours.
  • Flush nose first thing in the AM and nebulize once (if you don’t have one, it would be a great investment). All puppies that came on the same shipment can be nebulized together but don't crowd. They have already been exposed to each other in shipping. We normally just put them in a small kennel with openings covered in plexiglass and turn on the nebulizer for 15 minutes. (Use a mixture of 10 cc Sterile Saline and 1 cc Lincomycin). Do not nebulize old and new puppies together! Puppies should go in one end of your pet shop and out the other and not mix until next shipment is in.
  • Deworm again with Fenbendazole (Safeguard or Panacur) on day 2. (Plumb)
  • Start giving a high calorie treat and canned food if you have not already.
    • If your "tiny dog program" is working, don’t change it; just tweak it. We want to work backwards, getting the issues solved to manage away from them in the next group.
  • If there is a respiratory problem, treat with Doxycycline as it gets Mycoplasma, which is the number one cause of Kennel Cough in your business. Use Doxycycline twice a day if treating a respiratory condition.


  • Flush nose and decide if puppy is healthy. Move to pet shop sale next day.
  • Deworm again with Fenbendazole (Safeguard or Panacur) on day 3.
  • Treat with Marquis® - 0.1 cc per lb. oral. Repeat in one week if you still have them. Marquis is a Rx product, and it kills Coccidia with just one dose.
  • Document the eating tendency to move with puppy (i.e. does not eat dry well; likes treats, etc.)


After you have held them for three days, move status to available for sale. The 3-day hold period is to ensure there will be no health issues for the new owner.

Getting them to new home healthy and as soon as possible -- that is the goal.

If you need help, call us at 1-800-786-4751.

- Dr. B
Don Bramlage, DVM, Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health

The materials, information and answers provided through this website are not intended to replace the medical advice or services of your personal veterinarian or other pet health care professional. Consult your own veterinarian for answers to specific medical questions, including diagnosis, treatment, therapy or medical attention.

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