Congratulations! You have a new puppy! Thank you for choosing Clarkson Village Animal Hospital 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 your little friend grow into a well-mannered, healthy dog, including information and advice on nutrition, training, behaviour, and socialization.
Your Puppy’s First Exam
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.
We will ask you to bring in a sample of your pup’s stools as soon as you can. Most puppies have intestinal parasites, often worms that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal signs (although dogs can have parasites without showing any symptoms).
It is important for puppies to be treated for common worms, not only to get rid of the infection, but also to prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected! Humans can be infected when the puppy sheds worm eggs into the environment (your house and yard). Worms are “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, such as Giardia, Coccidia, or Alaria.
Socializing is very important to begin right away. Introduce your pup to people, the mail man, other dogs who are current on vaccinations, children – everyone! Go for lots of car rides, go visiting, have fun.
We look forward to meeting your new puppy! We have a great deal of training information available for you.