Pediatric Care-Newborn Puppies
Counseling on the appropriate care of newborn puppies gives the puppies the best chance of survival. This counseling includes proper weight gain for the breed, feeding techniques, heating of the puppy and ends with appropriate vaccination counseling to provide the puppy with the best immune response available.
Puppies After 8 Weeks Of Age:
Please bring your new puppy in as soon as possible after you bring him/her home so that we can ensure they are healthy. We will answer your questions on caring for your puppy long-term, including food and nutrition questions, vaccinations, other health topics and behavioral issues. Before you decide on a puppy food, talk to us. There are so many choices available and we want you to be able to choose the right food for your puppy.
What To Bring With You To Your Puppy Exam:
- Your puppy on a leash.
- All paperwork that you have pertaining to the previous care of your puppy.
- Any questions you may have regarding your puppy’s health.
- Fecal sample less than 4 hours old.
The Initial Exam Will Include:
- Complete physical exam
- Fecal examination for intestinal parasites and appropriate deworming
- Necessary vaccine boosters
- Flea/tick preventative
- Heartworm preventative (as needed)
Heartworm Prevention And Your Puppy
Puppies should begin monthly heartworm preventative any time after they are 8 weeks of age.
Which Vaccines Should Your Puppy Receive?
Very young puppies do not have fully developed immune systems and are highly susceptible to infectious diseases. To keep your puppy healthy and to provide optimal protection against disease for the first few months of life, a series of vaccinations are scheduled, usually 3-4 weeks apart. For most puppies, the final vaccination in the series is administered at when they about 4 months of age.
We will discuss your pet’s lifestyle, access to other animals, and travel to other geographic locations with you during your initial exam since these factors affect your pet’s risk of exposure to disease. Together we will decide on a vaccination schedule that best suits your Puppy.
Flea And Tick Prevention For Your Puppy
Diseases such as tapeworm, and Lyme disease, are preventable if you prevent flea and tick bites. The latest medicines have provided effective and safe flea and tick prevention products. Using a flea prevention medicine, you can keep fleas from infesting not only your puppy, but your home. We will discuss flea and tick prevention for your puppy and together decide on a preventative that best suits your puppy.