CONGRATS! You Have A New Puppy…. Now What?
Be sure to schedule your puppy visit with us to make sure your new companion is happy and healthy! Here are some things you may need to know in the meantime-
- When you bring your puppy in for the first time, we recommend that you bring along a fresh fecal sample. This way we can test it to make sure your puppy doesn’t have any intestinal parasites!
- Also, be sure to bring any records you received. We want to make sure your puppy is up to date with all the necessary vaccinations. While you are here, we will be discussing recommended vaccines based on your lifestyle, so be sure to ask about them!
- It is highly recommended that your puppy be protected against fleas and ticks all year round! There are plenty of options when it comes to prevention. We would love to discuss with you your options and find the product that is best for your pet! Ticks can transmit diseases to your dog just as they can to us. Our team will also make sure your puppy is protected against Heartworm disease and intestinal parasites. Similar to flea and tick prevention, we recommend prevention against Heartworm disease all year round. Heartworms are transmitted by infected mosquitos. If your puppy were to be bitten, the mosquito deposits larvae that migrate through the chambers of the heart and straight into the vessels in their lungs. This causes coughing, exercise intolerance, and even heart failure.
- It is important to discuss spaying and neutering your puppy. We recommend this procedure to be done at about 6 months of age. Spaying your female is important because it significantly reduces the risk of having mammary cancer or infections in their uterus. Neutering your male dog is equally as important because it reduces the risk of testicular and prostatic cancer. These procedures together help stop unwanted litters and decrease the amount of homeless or unwanted pets.
- At the time of spaying and neutering, we can microchip your pet. Placement of a microchip will allow your pet to be identified and returned to you if they are lost.
- It’s a great idea to consider getting your new puppy health insurance! Every insurance company can offer you plans that are suitable for your pet and family. Be sure to ask about our recommendations!
We look forward to seeing you and your adorable puppy!