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Veterinarian Services | New Puppy

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

You have taken the first step to having a wonderful companion and friend. It is important to do everything you can to make sure he or she grows up strong, healthy and happy. Health care is essential through your dog’s entire life.

It is important to your puppy's long term health that we examine your puppy as soon as possible to ensure they are healthy. We will make sure your puppy is receiving the proper protection he or she needs through vaccinations, parasite protection and nutrition, ensuring a healthy start in life.


Your puppy’s first visit with us will include: 

  • A comprehensive physical exam
  • Intestinal parasite screening
  • Intestinal parasite deworming
  • Development of an immunization program based on your puppy’s current age and expected lifestyle
  • Heartworm prevention recommendations
  • Recommendations for controlling and preventing external parasites such as fleas and ticks
  • Behavior and housetraining recommendations
  • Nutritional counseling


For your first puppy visit with us, we request that you bring the following:

1.  Your puppy on a leash
2.  All paperwork pertaining to the previous care of your puppy including all previous immunizations, deworming, medications and any veterinary medical records.
3.  Any questions you may have regarding your puppy’s health and/or behavior.
4.  A fresh (within 24 hours) fecal sample. 

We have a series of puppy care handouts.  Please click on the article below to read about these important topics:

1.  First Puppy Care Handout - (View PDF)
Covers vaccination, heartworm control, flea control, fecal examination/deworming, introducing your puppy to other pets, house training, puppy-proofing, feeding, socialization, body handling, behavior topics

2.  Second Puppy Care Handout - (View PDF)
Covers spaying and neutering, microchipping, collars and id tags, dental care, pet insurance, grooming, toys and exercise

3.  Puppy Training Handout - (View PDF)
Topics include:  picking a new puppy, house rules, how should your new puppy ask for things such as attention, food or to go out, where should they eliminate, where should they be when your family is having a meal, how should they greet people, allowing rough play in the house, proper chew items, play time, training time, social time, independent time, potty time, positive reinforcement

Development of an immunization program ages on your puppy’s current age and expected lifestyle. For more detailed information about vaccines, please read the UC Davis Protocol for Canine and Feline Vaccination Guidelines. 

The following are signs that your puppy needs immediate care.  If your puppy exhibits any of these signs, please give us a call as soon as possible:

  • Any eye injury
  • Bleeding/wounds
  • Coughing/difficulty breathing
  • Diarrhea (particularly if accompanied by vomiting)
  • Fever
  • Getting too hot/cold (even if pet seems to have recovered)
  • Lethargy/weakness
  • Limping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Seizure
  • Suspected poisoning
  • Swelling of the face/hives
  • Trauma (even if the puppy seems fine)
  • Vomiting

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