Congratulations on your new puppy! We at Glenwood Animal Hospital understand the unique needs of puppies and their owners. Our priority is to provide our puppy patients with the best quality veterinary care with the canine-specific attention they need and deserve. Our compassionate and knowledgeable staff is trained with the optimal methods to handle your puppy in order to have a smooth, yet efficient exam. We understand that vet visits can be stressful and even scary, which is why we aim for a low stress environment to further decrease any anxiety associated with their visit.
We also take every puppy’s individual needs into account when talking with new owners about which vaccines, tests, medications or services are needed for their pet. This is based on not only the pet’s environment and lifestyle, but also the most up to date research and protocols now available in canine care.
Puppies have special health care needs in the first few months of their lives and we have developed a comprehensive puppy wellness schedule to meet those needs. Their schedule starts at 6 weeks of age and continues through 15-20 weeks of age and includes all of their required vaccinations to ensure they reach adulthood happy and healthy. At your first visit, the veterinarian will go over all the protocols and provide the owner(s) with all the necessary information they need. If your new puppy is currently over 6 weeks of age, do not think it is too late. We can get them started as soon as they join your household regardless of age.
Some commonly asked questions:
Q: What age do you start puppy vaccinations?
A: 6 weeks of age
Q: When should I start heartworm prevention?
A: 6 weeks of age
Q: Is it common for my puppy to have hiccups?
Q: How often should I feed my puppy?
A: Depends on the size of your puppy. On average starting out with 3 times a day (morning, lunch and evening) with a gradual decrease in the lunchtime feeding to end with twice daily. Many people do feed once a day, but would recommend waiting until they are older and not growing so fast before you do.
Q: What type of food should I feed my puppy?
A: You need to feed your puppy a good quality puppy food. For the large and giant breed dogs (any breed over 55 lbs when full grown), a large breed quality puppy food is needed. Recommendations of quality puppy good brands include Hill’s Science Diet, Purina ProPlan, Purina One, and Eukanuba just to mention a few. It would be best to avoid brands like Ol Roy, Gravy Train, Beneful, Alpo.
Q: When should I switch to adult food?
A: Generally about a year of age. Large and giant breed dogs may benefit from puppy food until they are closer to 2 years of age.
Q: When should I get my puppy spayed/neutered?
A: Generally around 6 months of age.
Q: Why should I get my puppy spayed/neutered?
A: Spaying/neutering decreases the amount of unwanted puppies, but also many healthy conditions associated with intact animals. Examples include womb infections, mammary cancer and testicular cancer not to mention unwanted behaviors like escaping, aggression or territorial marking.
Q: What is the normal temperature of dogs?
A: Dogs and puppies run a higher temperature than humans. 100.5-102.5 degrees is considered a normal range.
Q: Is it normal for my puppy to have diarrhea?
A: Simply, no. Diarrhea is rarely a normal finding.
Q: Is it common to have numerous bowel movements during the day (3-4)?
A: Yes, not uncommon
Q: How do I know if my puppy has worms?
A: Sometimes you can see the worms in the stool, but often you are not able to see them with the naked eye. It takes examining the stool under a microscope at the vet’s office to see the worms. It is best to bring in a stool sample to your veterinarian if you have any concerns.
There are many questions that the new owner will have and the list above just addresses a few. We welcome you to schedule an appointment and the veterinarian will be happy to address all of your concerns. We know how important this time is for both you and puppy and look forward to being an active part in their care and well-being.
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