veterinary care requirements for a Rottweiler
Hi, how often should i take a Rottweiler to a vet, i am thinking about getting one?
Rottweilers are just like any other dog in terms of their veterinary care requirements.
A puppy will need 3 sets of the combination puppy vaccinations, an additional (4th) Parvo shot and a Rabies shot at 16 weeks. Then annual boosters. He'll also need to be dewormed by your veterinarian at least 3 times, and to be on regular heartworm preventative and flea/tick preventative.
All purebreeds tend to have a predisposition to certain health conditions and Rotties are at risk of canine hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, certain heart conditions and eye issues. Obviously not all Rotties will have these problems, and that's why it's important to only buy from a reputable breeder whose dogs have been screened for genetic health issues such as these. Check out my Choosing A Rottweiler Breeder page for more on this.
I'd also highly recommend getting health insurance for a dog of any breed as it can be a life-saver if he ever needs surgery, or has an accident or serious illness. If you get it while he's a healthy puppy it will give you a lot of peace of mind.
Rottweilers are big dogs and require the 'L' or 'XL' of just about everything, so like any large breed they are expensive to own and raise. Always be certain that you can afford to care for a pet properly before deciding to purchase one, your dog will depend on you totally and you can't let him down.
I hope this helps and wish you the best of luck with whatever breed you choose.
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