Puppy Care

New Puppy Veterinary Care

Congratulations on your new puppy!

The first wellness exam is important to establish the health of your puppy, so please bring your puppy in for a checkup as soon as possible. The first wellness exam for your puppy will ensure that your canine companion will be on the way to growing up healthy and happy.

Your Puppy’s First Visit

During your puppy’s first visit with us, we will perform a comprehensive examination. Puppies require a series of vaccinations during the first year of life to protect them from preventable diseases, and we will develop a vaccination schedule specifically for your puppy. We will address any questions you have concerning care for your pet, such as diet and nutrition, behavioral issues, house training, and integrating your new puppy into your home.

We ask that you bring your puppy on a leash or in a secure carrier along with all veterinary records or other paperwork pertaining to your pupppy’s care. Also, please bring a fresh stool sample (ideally less than 12 hours old).

Your puppy’s first exam will include:

  • A comprehensive physical exam
  • Development of a vaccination program based on your puppy’s lifestyle
  • Intestinal parasite (worms) screening
  • Intestinal parasite (worms) deworming (if necessary)
  • External parasite (fleas) screening and parasite protection
  • Heartworm prevention
  • Recommendations for controlling and preventing external parasite such as flea and ticks
  • Behavior and housetraining recommendations
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Microchipping recommendation

Vaccines and Your Puppy

We believe in designing a personalized vaccine program for each puppy to maximize the protection against any diseases your puppy may be exposed to. There are many diseases that are preventable through the judicious use of vaccines, so it is important to vaccinate your puppy against the diseases to which he or she may be exposed.

Dental Care for Your Puppy

During your puppy’s wellness visit, we will discuss at-home dental care with you and show you how to clean their teeth and gums. By starting an at-home dental care routine early, there will be less stress for both you and your pet.

Signs That Your Puppy Needs Immediate Medical Attention

Please be alert to the following symptoms, which may be signs that your puppy needs immediate care:

  • Respiratory problems: persistent coughing, shortness of breath, labored breathing, shallow breathing, or excessively rapid or slow breathing
  • Signs of pain: panting, labored breathing, increased body temperature, lethargy, hiding, restlessness, loss of appetite, reacting aggressively when touched or approached, crying
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • A wound or laceration that’s open and bleeding
  • Animal bites
  • Allergic reactions, such as swelling around the face, hives, or severe itchiness
  • An eye injury, no matter how mild
  • Seizure, fainting, or collapse, difficulty standing or getting up, blank stare, disorientation
  • Exposure to extreme cold or heat, even if the dog seems to have recovered
  • Trauma such as getting hit by a vehicle or falling, even if the dog does not appear to have been physically harmed
  • Suspected poisoning, including ingestion of antifreeze, rodent, or snail bait

Please contact our office immediately if your puppy is experiencing any of these symptoms.