Similar to human babies, puppies require a lot of work, patience, and visits pertaining to their health. They are susceptible to a lot of viral diseases, and they can get very ill if not fully vaccinated.
They can also suffer from a variety of congenital diseases and can be infected with intestinal parasites and pass those parasites along to us and our children.
During your puppy’s first exam, we will examine your pet to make sure they are developing appropriately. We will establish a vaccination schedule to make sure your pet is appropriately vaccinated against serious diseases and deworm your pet to make sure they are worm free.
As part of your visit, we will also give preventative medications so that your puppy can be protected against heartworm disease, fleas, and ticks. The exam is also a time to discuss training and issues with behavior, dental care, and socialization and provide further reading information so that you will have the tools to raise a healthy, well-mannered dog.
Please see our reference section for more information on heartworms, fleas, ticks, distemper virus, parvovirus, rabies, Lyme disease, leptospirosis, kennel cough, dog training, etc.