Preventative Puppy Care
All of us at West Ballantyne Animal Hospital want to congratulate you on your new puppy! Although welcoming a new puppy into your home is an exciting time, it can also bring up many questions and concerns. Dr. Linfante and his staff are here to help answer your questions and provide the best veterinary care to help your puppy grow up healthy and strong.
The Value of Your Puppy’s Preventive Exam
A puppy’s immune system is still in development which makes them more vulnerable to illness. This is why it’s important to for your puppy to have their first preventive exam as soon as possible.
Your puppy’s first exam will include:
- A comprehensive physical exam
- Intestinal parasite screening
- A tailored vaccination program
- Flea, heartworm, and tick prevention and treatment
- Behavior and housetraining advice
- Nutritional counseling
Our veterinarian will create a tailored vaccine schedule that will address your puppy’s needs and lifestyle. We do NOT believe in over-vaccination and will choose only those vaccines that your individual puppy needs. This method will protect your new puppy from any diseases he or she is likely to be exposed to. There are many diseases that are preventable through the judicious use of vaccines, so it is important to create an individualized protocol early in life to protect both your puppy and your family.
Microchips for your Dog
Just as vaccines protect your pet from disease and illness, microchips help keep your puppy safe if they are lost or stolen. The unique identifier in your pet’s microchip will help bring them home safely, providing shelters and animal hospitals with your contact information to reunite you with your pet.
Your Puppy’s First Visit
In preparation for your puppy’s first care visit with us, it is helpful to bring the health information provided to you by the seller or shelter. We also ask that you bring a fresh stool sample, and bring your puppy on a leash or in a secure carrier.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment for your puppy’s preventive care exam.