Bringing Home Puppy: What's Next?

There are fewer things in life sweeter than a new puppy. The soft fur, big paws and sweet breath…there’s nothing better!

But what do you do after you’ve picked out the name, purchased the supplies, puppy-proofed the house and brought home your bundle of joy? Don't worry, we’ve compiled a health care guide just for new puppies and the parents who love them.

Preventative Care

Preventative care—including regular exams, blood screening, vaccines and a healthy diet —is a vital component of your puppy’s long-term health and well-being.

A traditional core vaccination schedule will protect your puppy from several diseases, including distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza virus, parvovirus and rabies. These vaccines should be given once every three weeks until the puppy reaches four months of age. Revaccination should occur at one year of age and every three years thereafter.

We also strongly recommend:

Bordetella: This intra-nasal vaccine protects against kennel cough. Revaccination should occur every six months, especially for dogs that frequent boarding, daycare or grooming facilities. 

Influenza H3N2: This vaccination protects against a fast spread virus called influenza. Influenza in canines can cause sever pneumonia and can be difficult to treat. In canines this is spread easily through being in the same room with another animal, the virus is capable of living in the environment for extended periods. This vaccine does need boostered 4-6 weeks after initial and then annually.

Traveling: Deciding on taking your new best friend to the mountains, beach, or anywhere out of Vegas? Let's make sure they are protected during their travel. 

Most traveling pets require additional vaccines such as leptospirosis and lyme vaccines. In addition your puppy will need flea, tick, and heartworm treatment on their journey. 

Nutrition: Our goal is to make sure that your new puppy is getting the proper nutrition. At your vet visit we will go over the proper nutrition for all age canines. 

Socialization: Your new friend may be shy to the new world. To help your furry friend get used to the new big world we offer to clients, after initial exam, complimentary puppy visits. We will help your pup in exploring the big new world! 

In addition, we strongly recommend all puppies receive a series of deworming treatments and a fecal examination to screen for intestinal parasites, such as giardia and coccidia.

We know giving your puppy the best possible head start can be daunting, so we are happy to offer puppy care packages—a series of appointments with our doctors and technicians to ensure all questions, concerns and vital information are covered. 

 

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