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Congratulations! You have now acquired a wonderful new addition to your family who will provide countless hours of unconditional love and enjoyment. This section should help you with some common questions and concerns most new puppy owners have.
When is the best time to bring my new puppy to the veterinarian?
The best time to bring your new puppy to the veterinarian is as soon as possible! Remember this puppy may be carrying a contagious disease that may infect other people or pets in your home. We can find problems before they make your pet ill. We may also prevent disease from happening in the first place through timely immunizations and parasite control. Getting your new baby off to a healthy start is of utmost importance to us. Click here for a complete list and description of what your puppy needs during the first year of life.
What can I expect at my puppy's first visit?
Your puppy will have a complete and thorough physical with the doctor. Once finished, we will explain our findings and make recommendations to treat any problems and prevent disease. Your puppy will need immunizations, fecal parasite testing, and performer against round and hookworms. We will also start a monthly prescription to protect your puppy from fleas, heart worms and intestinal parasites. We will also discuss crate training, potty training, proper feeding and nutrition and socialization for your puppy. Please come prepared with any questions you might have.
How often does my new puppy have to see a veterinarian?
Just like a newborn infant, your puppy's first year is crucial in setting the stage for a healthy life. Therefore, the puppy must visit the veterinarian most frequently during the first year of life. We recommend visits and vaccines at monthly intervals until 4-5 months of age. At that time, most dogs will be finished with their immunizations and parasite testing for the next six months.
Why does my puppy need so many vaccines?
Puppies have an immature immune system and cannot fight off diseases as well as older pets. Each vaccine they receive acts like a building block to build sufficient protection against certain diseases. Puppies and kittens will receive some antibodies from their mother called maternal antibodies. These antibodies, however, interfere with the more permanent antibodies obtained from the vacccine. The series of vaccines are needed to build longer lasting antibodies while the maternal antibodies decline.
How do I know if my puppy has intestinal worms/parasites?
Most intestinal worms cannot be seen with the naked eye. A microscopic stool sample should be performed to see if your puppy or kitten has intestinal worms/parasites. Not all intestinal parasite/worms shed their eggs or cysts everyday. Therefore, your puppy should have at least 2 fecal samples checked.
Are these intestinal parasites/worms harmful to the rest of the family?
Certain worms are contagious to humans. Your puppy should be de-wormed for these parasites. Cleaning up their stool immediately and washing your hands after playing with your puppy will help prevent transmission as well.
Does my puppy need heart worm prevention like my adult pets?
Puppies should also be on heart worm prevention. Most heart-worm preventions can be started at 6 weeks of age. Certain heart worm prevention products also help prevent the spreading of intestinal worms that are transmissible to humans. Puppies are old enough for their first heart worm test at one year of age.
When does my puppy need a dog license?
A dog license is required by law at the time of the Rabies vaccine at four months of age. You will receive one year free if you have your dog spayed or neutered. For your convenience, we will assist you in obtaining a license.