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Puppy Care

Congratulations on your new puppy! We can’t wait to meet the newest addition to your family.

Your puppy will be a life-long, unconditionally-loving companion, friend and new family member. Bring your puppy in for his or her first puppy visit as soon as possible. We want to start your puppy out on the right healthy “paw” forward.

During your puppy’s first visit, we will examine your puppy to be sure he or she is in good health. We will answer all your questions about caring for your puppy, including the proper food to feed your puppy, behavior and housetraining issues, or other health topics concerning you. Be sure to ask your breeder or shelter about the food they were feeding your puppy and keep your puppy on the same food until the first visit with us.

On your first visit, please bring any health records, vaccination records or other paperwork given to you when you received your puppy and stool (poop) sample.

Your puppy’s initial exam will include:

  • A complete physical exam.
  • Complementary dose of heartworm preventative.
  • Parasite prevention, flea/tick control as needed. We will discuss the best product for your puppy’s lifestyle.
  • Fecal examination for intestinal parasites and deworming as recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Puppy vaccinations and discussion with you of the appropriate vaccination schedule for your puppy’s breed and anticipated lifestyle.

The following are signs that your puppy needs immediate care:

  • Any respiratory problem: coughing, trouble breathing
  • Any signs of pain: panting, labored breathing
  • Lethargy and/or fever
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Any wound or laceration that's open and bleeding
  • Any animal bite
  • Allergic reactions, such as swelling around the face, or hives
  • Any eye injury, no matter how mild you may think it is
  • Any suspected poisoning, including ingestion of antifreeze, rodent or snail bait, or human medication
  • Seizure, fainting, or collapse
  • Thermal Stress, either too cold or too hot, even if the dog seems to have recovered
  • Trauma, such as being hit by a car, even if the dog seems fine
  • Near drowning

Please call us immediately if your puppy is exhibiting any of these symptoms.