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Ask Dr. Edsall: New Puppy 101

Ask Dr. Edsall: New Puppy 101

Q: During our extended time at home during the COVID-19 crisis, my family adopted a new puppy from the Humane Society. It’s been a long time since we had a puppy in the house. What do we need to do to keep her healthy and happy?

First of all, congratulations! A new furry friend is always cause for celebration. We understand, though, that taking care of a little one can likewise be overwhelming, especially if it’s been a while since you had a fur baby counting on you for love and protection.

Here are a few steps you can take to get your pup started off on the right paw:

A wellness visit is the first step to ensure that your new pup starts out life happy and healthy. This initial exam allows our doctors to give your new furry family member a thorough examination that may help detect any possible health problems early. Common, treatable problems can be found during annual wellness exams, often before they are even noticed by pet parents.

Vaccinations with boosters are especially important for puppies as they do not have full immunity from many serious infectious diseases. It’s critical to ensure your puppy has completed the entire series of combo vaccinations to keep her protected.

Spaying or neutering your pet has health benefits, in addition to helping with pet overpopulation. Spaying your puppy offers the best protection from uterine infections and breast tumors while neutering male pets helps prevent testicular cancer and certain prostate problems. Your Las Tablas veterinarian will discuss with you the best time to have your pet spayed or neutered based on their health, age, breed and lifestyle.

A microchip provides secure, reliable and permanent identification, which greatly increases the likelihood that your pet, if lost, will be returned home to you.

Fleas, ticks and heartworm-carrying mosquitoes are out in full force. We can help you choose the best parasite preventions for your pet.

Don’t forget to provide your puppy with lots of attention and exercise. If you have any more questions or need to schedule a wellness visit for your little one, you can make an appointment online or call our office at 805-369-2222.

We can’t wait to meet you and your new pup soon!

Dr. Edsall