VETERINARY SERVICES | PUPPY CARE
Do you have a new puppy? Congratulations on this addition to your family!
One of the first things you should do when you bring your new pet home is to introduce him or her to us, as your veterinary care team. Puppy visits offer a unique opportunity to get you and your new pet off on the right foot!
Your puppy visit will include a full nose-to-tail physical examination. We will look for any signs of illness and make sure that your new pet is in good health.
Do you have questions about nutrition, training, vaccinations, grooming, parasite protection, or overall health? What about tips for introducing your new pet to other pets and family members? Even if you are a very experienced pet owner and have had puppies before, each pet is unique and offers an opportunity to learn something new! We welcome your questions and look forward to addressing any concerns you may have. The more educated you are about your pet, the better you will be able to care for him or her, so we strive to offer you all the support you need.
Puppy wellness visits also present an opportunity to discuss your new pet’s recommended vaccine schedule and the best plan for parasite testing, treatment, and prevention. Our doctors and other staff members are well-educated about veterinary vaccines and parasite control, and our goal is to give you the best advice for your puppy or kitten. We will review your pet’s vaccine and deworming schedule and discuss the best way to continue, so don’t forget to bring any records that you have received.
During your puppy wellness visit, we will discuss with you the importance of proactive dental care for your puppy. We will talk to you about at-home dental care and will show you how to gradually start brushing your puppy’s teeth so that they get used to, and look forward to, having their teeth brushed on a regular basis by you at home.
We will work hard to help you understand your pet’s health considerations, and we encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your puppy or kitten’s health care. Puppy visits are an excellent way to get your new pet started on the road to a happy and healthy life. Let’s take these important first steps together.
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Puppy Wellness Plans
We are now offering a variety of wellness plans for our patients. We feel that this is an exciting new option for owners who would like to pay for care on a monthly basis. All plans are tiered – with the next level including everything in the plan below it, as well as additional services and discounts. Please visit our Puppy and Kitten Wellness Plan page for more information.
Our Vaccine Philosophy
Vaccines have proven important in preventing serious disease in dogs and cats, but no vaccine is 100% effective or 100% free of side effects (such as allergic reaction, shock, autoimmune disease, and others). For these reasons, it is important to design a personalized vaccine protocol for each pet, maximizing protection against the diseases your pet is likely to be exposed to while using the fewest vaccines possible.
Our current vaccine recommendations are based on up-to-date research and the incidence of disease in our area. During your pet’s exam we’ll ask you questions to assess your pet’s individual risk, based on his/her lifestyle, and then design a customized vaccine protocol. This can be modified as needed when that lifestyle changes, so be sure to let us know so we can keep your pet protected!
Please Watch Your Puppy Carefully!
Puppies are vulnerable and are prone to accidental injury. 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, or human
Please call today to schedule an appointment for us to meet your new puppy!