General Information for Dogs
Recommended Care for a Puppy
Congratulations on your new puppy! Thank you for choosing us to help protect and care for your new addition to your family.
Our puppy health program is designed to help get your puppy started on the right path to a long and healthy life. The first few months are a critical period in your puppy’s development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy dog, including information and advice on nutrition, training, behaviour, and socialization.
We recommend scheduling your puppy in for his or her first exam as soon as possible. Until your puppy has received a series of vaccines, he or she is susceptible to many serious but preventable diseases. We will vaccinate your new family member against Rabies, Distemper, and Parvovirus, among other diseases. Your puppy will also need to be tested and treated for parasites, which are common in young dogs.
Most puppies have roundworms, which are intestinal worms that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal signs (although dogs can have worms without showing any symptoms). It is important for puppies to be treated for roundworms, not only to rid them of the infection but also to prevent you and the rest of your family from becoming infected. Roundworms are a zoonotic parasite, which means they can be transmitted from pets to people. By ensuring that your puppy is treated, you can keep your entire family safe from these and other parasites.
We recommend spaying or neutering your pet at six months of age. Spaying your female dog helps prevent uterine infections and decreases the risk of cancer, especially doing it before their first heat. Neutering your male dog prevents testicular cancer as well as other prostate problems. Not to mention, neutering your pet often reduces undesirable behaviors caused by high levels of testosterone.
Recommended Care for an Adult Dog
Bringing your pet in for an annual diagnostic and wellness checkup can help reassure you that your dog or cat is healthy or help us detect hidden diseases or conditions early. Early detection can improve the prognosis of many diseases, keep medical costs down, and help your pet live longer. Many dogs and cats are good at hiding signs that something is wrong, so subtle changes in their health or behaviour might be easy to overlook. And, depending on the disease, some pets don’t show any symptoms.
Dogs age quicker than humans, so it is even more crucial for our companion animals to receive regular exams. In addition, the risks of arthritis, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, hormone disorders, and kidney and liver problems all increase with age.
During your pet’s health exam, we will perform a physical assessment, checking your dog from nose to tail. We will also make sure your pet receives appropriate vaccinations and preventives. We will perform a diagnostic workup, which may include blood, fecal, and urine tests to check for parasites and underlying diseases.
When your pet is nearing his or her senior years, we will recommend a baseline exam and diagnostic workup so we’ll know what’s normal for your pet. This will enable us to keep track of any changes.
Recommended Care for a Senior Dog
Once your dog turns 7 years of age, we recommend that they undergo a senior wellness exam and diagnostic work-up. Many illnesses do not show any outward sign until the disease is quite advanced. More advanced diseases can be more difficult to treat and are not always as responsive to treatment as diseases diagnosed early. Please feel free to contact us to discuss our senior wellness program in more detail.