Puppy’s Health Care

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Visit a veterinarian before you bring a puppy in your home. Learn the working hours and which the alternative is, in case it is sick when the clinic is closed.

Ask your vet how often you should visit the clinic during the first year of your puppy’s life.

Consult your vet in order to reassure a long term good health for your puppy!

Regular visits to the clinic are useful, so that the clinic’s staff can weigh the puppy, monitor its growth and help the puppy socialize with the vet and the staff. If vet visits are fun and they are not only scheduled for a vaccine, then you and your puppy will feel much more comfortable.

Encourage your puppy to allow you to check its ears, paws, nails, tail, mouth, teeth, and body. The more you touch it smoothly, the faster it will get used to the human touch and life will become easier for everyone, including the vet!

The health care program for puppies includes:

  • Vaccinations – Vaccines protect the puppy from many diseases which can be fatal.
  • Parasite Control – Different Parasites (roundworms, tapeworms, fleas, lice, ticks, mites) grow in the puppy’s intestines and skin. Therefore, a lifetime program of parasite control is crucial, for the overall, long term, good health of the puppy.
  • Socialization
  • Identification – According to the law, microchip implantation is obligatory. The microchip, almost the size of a grain, is implanted through injection under the skin and holds a number which is unique for your dog. A central database has all your personal communication data. If your puppy gets lost and found by another vet or a rescue team then you can be easily reached and the puppy will return to you.
  • Good Nutritional Advices
  • Growth Control – As you take your baby to the pediatrician to check its weight during the first year of its life, the same way you can take your puppy to the vet. If you make sure that the puppy is not growing too fast, you reduce the danger for future health problems such as obesity or skeleton problems, particularly seen in large breed dogs. If your puppy grows too slowly then you should also visit your vet, to exclude any chances of parasites or other diseases.
  • Dental care and advices for Oral Hygiene – Dogs’ teeth are deciduous, just like ours. This means that the baby teeth will fall (at the age of 5-7 months) and they will be replaced with the permanent adult teeth. Teeth brushing with special dog toothpaste and toothbrush must be encouraged from the very first day and the puppy should be rewarded for its patience in order to accept this action as a part of its everyday life. Dental problems are very common in dogs and by following some very simple steps, like brushing its teeth at least 3 times a week, you can ensure your dog’s good oral health. When the dog becomes an adult, the vet could recommend a special dry food, which due to the kibbles’ size and fiber arrangement, can help clean the teeth and keep away plaque every time the dog chews.
  • Neutering / Spaying – Neutering is very beneficial for the animal’s health. It is the surgical removal of the reproductive organs. It is a routine procedure which requires general anesthesia and is irreversible. Most dogs are neutered in order to avoid undesirable births and reduce any behavioral problems. Spaying female dogs (removal of uterus and both ovaries) helps to prevent breast cancer and also pyometra. Male dogs can be neutered at any age once the testicles have descended in the scrotum. It also helps to prevent testicular tumors and prostate disorders that usually happen when they grow older.

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