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Your veterinarian will be your go-to source for information about the health of your new puppy, but there is some information they will need to know. Discover the reasons why it is so important to ask these questions of whomever you get your new puppy from.
Worms such as heartworm, tapeworm, and other GI worms are common in all dogs, including puppies.Prevention of heartworm disease should begin as early as 4-6 weeks of age, so you need to be aware of what treatment your puppy has already been given.
Fleas are a common parasite found on dogs1 and ticks are also very common. Tick treatment should begin as early as 8 weeks of age, so you need to be aware of what treatment your puppy has had.
Heartworms are one of the most damaging parasites in dogs, but heartworm disease is preventable.2 Treatment should begin as early as 4-6 weeks of age, so you need to be aware of what treatment your puppy has already been given.
Many diseases can threaten your puppy but are preventable with a series of vaccinations from your veterinarian. You need to be aware of your puppy’s vaccination history so you can inform your vet on your first visit.
A puppy who has been fed raw meat is at greater risk for worms. Inform your vet if you learn they have been eating uncooked meat.
Much like finding a doctor for yourself, choosing a vet and visiting them for the first time can be a bit intimidating. Put your mind at ease with this information.
Finding a vet can be a very personal choice for a lot of people. That is why it is best to rely on the advice of those you know. Ask the organization you got your new pet from, a friend, or even people walking their dogs in your neighborhood.
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Choosing a vet is a deeply personal decision
Taking your pet to the vet should be done as soon as possible, especially if you have other pets in your house. The vet will help guide your pet’s vaccinations, protective treatments, diet, exercise, and more.3
You should schedule a checkup with your vet at least twice a year. As your pet ages, your vet may recommend more frequent checkups.3
Your vet will be your best guide
Every checkup, your vet will ask if your pet has had any vomiting or diarrhea, coughing, sneezing, itching, or excessive thirst, in addition to asking about their energy and appetite. They will weigh your pet, check for ticks and fleas, take their temperature and perform a full physical exam. They may also call for other tests.3
A pet checkup is not so different from a human one
It is important to get the right information out of your vet on your first visit. Discover the questions you should ask and why they are so vital.
As of the beginning of 2018, heartworm infections were up 20% since 2013. Additionally, the prevalence of Lyme disease, which is associated with ticks, continues to expand4.A protection routine is essential for safeguarding your pet.
The prevalence of different parasites varies from area to area due to climate and geography. Your vet can advise on the risks in your area. The Companion Animal Parasite Council recommends protecting every pet, all year long by administering year-round broad-spectrum parasite control with efficacy against heartworm, intestinal, parasites, ticks and fleas. Control of parasites with zoonotic potential is essential5.
Dogs have very different needs from humans. Most human meals won’t give them the balanced nutrition they need and some foods like chocolate, onions, grapes and raisins can be poisonous. Your vet can advise what to feed your dog, how much and how often6.
Vaccinations protect your puppy from dangerous disease. Consult your veterinarian to ensure an adequate vaccination series is completed for your puppy's protection.
5 RSPCA. “How to Take Care of Your Dog.” https://www.rspca.org.uk /ImageLocator/LocateAsset?asset=document&assetId=1232731755326 &mode=prd. Accessed February 10, 2019.