Proper Puppy Care at Sherlock Bones Animal Hospital
Congratulations on your new puppy! We’re excited for your new adventure with your furry friend and thank you for choosing us to help protect and care for your beloved puppy. At Sherlock Bones Animal Hospital, we offer a puppy wellness program designed to get your pet started on the right path to a long, healthy life. Learn more about our services and the best way to ensure that your puppy gets the proper care by reading our friendly guide below.
Our Puppy Wellness Services
The first few months are a critical time for your puppy’s development. We’ll give you the support and necessary tools to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy dog, including information and advice on nutrition, training, behavior, and socialization.
It’s important to schedule your puppy’s first veterinary visit as soon as possible. Until your puppy has received a series of vaccinations, they’re susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We’ll make sure your new dog is protected against rabies, distemper, and parvovirus, among other diseases. Your puppy also needs to be tested for parasites, which are very common among young dogs.
Most puppies have roundworms — intestinal worms that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal signs (although dogs can have worms without showing symptoms). Puppies must get proper treatment for roundworms, not only to rid the infection but also to prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected.
Roundworms are zoonotic parasites, which means they can be transferred from pets to people. By making sure that your puppy is properly treated, you can keep your entire family safe from these and other parasites.
New Puppy Tips
We understand that getting a new puppy can be overwhelming at times, from not knowing what food to buy to wondering how much affection they need. At Sherlock Bones Animal Hospital, we’re always here to help and can offer you any advice and information you’re looking for.
Puppy Potty Training
Potty training your puppy can be a long task. Luckily, we have some tips for new pet parents to help ease their puppy into becoming housebroken. Here are some good times to take into consideration when trying to set up their potty training schedule:
- First thing in the morning
- Last thing at night
- After spending time in their crate (if you use a crate)
- Upon waking up from a nap
- After eating or drinking
A good rule of thumb is to allow no more than two to four hours between potty breaks to help them get used to training.
It’s important to get your puppy on a proper feeding schedule. Here are some guidelines to help determine how to set up your new furry friend’s feeding schedule:
- Six to 12 weeks: four times a day
- Three to six months: three times a day
- Six to 12 months: two times a day
- After a year, go down to two half portions a day
When it comes to the type of food to buy your puppy make sure to look for AAFCO guidelines and age and health-specific formulas. You can also ask Dr. Nix for tailored recommendations.
Make sure to avoid feeding your dog the following foods as they can be harmful to their health:
- Sugary foods
Frequently Asked Questions
During a routine puppy wellness appointment at Sherlock Bones Animal Hospital, our goal is to get to know your beloved pet and set them up for success. We’ll start by asking questions about your dog’s exercise, diet, thirst, breathing, behavior, habits, lifestyle, and general health. Dr. Nix will also perform a physical examination. The focus of our wellness exams is the maintenance of optimal puppy health.
When you get a puppy, you should become very well-acquainted with your veterinarian. On average, experts recommend monthly wellness exams during puppyhood. That’s about once every three to four weeks for 16 weeks, following a basic vaccine schedule along with general health checkups.
High-Quality Care for Your Beloved Pets
At Sherlock Bones Animal Hospital, we love caring for your furry friends. If you add a new puppy to your family, they must visit the veterinarian for wellness checkups during their puppyhood. To schedule a puppy wellness visit, call our Carmel veterinary office at (317) 428-2530 or you can fill out our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We look forward to meeting you and your pets!