Congratulations on your new puppy! Thank you for choosing us to help protect and care for your new addition to your family.
Our puppy wellness program is designed to help get your puppy started on the right path to a long and healthy life. The first few months are a critical period in your puppy’s development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy dog, including information and advice on nutrition, training, behavior, and socialization.
Schedule your puppy for his or her first exam as soon as possible. Until your puppy has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will make sure your new dog is protected against rabies, distemper, and parvovirus, among other diseases. Your puppy will also need to be tested and treated for parasites, which are extremely common in young dogs.
Most puppies have roundworms, hookworms, and other intestinal parasites that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal signs (although dogs can have worms without showing any symptoms). We will highly recommend a fecal exam to identify which parasites, if any, are present to allow us to determine the appropriate treatment. It is important for puppies to be treated for any intestinal worm or parasite, not only to rid them of the infection but also to prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected. Roundworms are one of a few zoonotic parasites, which means they can be transmitted from pets to people. By ensuring that your puppy is properly treated, you can keep your entire family safe from these and other parasites.
We will also discuss starting heartworm prevention at your puppy’s first visit. There are many types of preventatives available so we will discuss which is the right fit for your puppy. Many of today’s preventatives also protect against the most common intestinal parasites like roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. We feel that protecting your puppy against this deadly parasite is very important. Prevention is easy and inexpensive in many cases, and living in Houston puts our dogs at risk due to our high population of mosquitoes and warm climate. Just one look at the parasite prevalence map provided by the Companion Animal Parasite Council shows us what our risk really is. Click on this link (CAPC) to see what percentage of heartworm disease in diagnosed in the state of Texas and in our county!
We look forward to meeting your new puppy! Schedule your appointment today.