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Puppy Care

Puppy Care with our Reisterstown Veterinarian

Puppy on weighing scale in Reisterstown

Bringing home a new puppy is a hugely exciting event for the whole family. Puppies are a lot of fun to have around, but they also require special care to ensure they grow into healthy, active adult dogs. Fortunately, our Reisterstown veterinarian can provide the care your puppy needs while also serving as a great resource for you when it comes to the steps you should take at home to keep your puppy happy and healthy.

The Importance of Puppy Wellness Exams

One of the first things you should do when you get a new puppy is to schedule an appointment at our veterinary clinic to have them evaluated by our veterinarian. We’ll examine your puppy from nose to tail, and we’ll review their medical records and vaccination history to make sure they’re up-to-date on everything.

Parasite control is especially important for puppies as well, and we’ll test for these during your first checkup or at any point if you have reason to believe your puppy has an infestation. Fortunately, while these types of issues are common, they’re also easily treatable with deworming medications that we can provide. Routine wellness checkups are also a great time to discuss with our veterinarian any concerns you have about your puppy including their eating habits, training techniques, and more.

Common Puppy Vaccinations

An essential part of puppy care is making sure they get the vaccinations they need. These include essential, or core vaccines like canine parvovirus, distemper, rabies, canine adenovirus and canine hepatitis, which are administered to all puppies. Some other available vaccines will only be given if your lifestyle or your pet’s expected exposure warrants it, and these include those for canine influenza, Bordetella and more. Our veterinarian will discuss with you which vaccines we recommend for your puppy and why.  

Spaying and Neutering

We do recommend that all puppies be spayed or neutered once they’re old enough. In general, we perform this type of operation when your pet is between six and nine months old and there are many benefits for your pet in addition to the fact that they will not contribute to the overgrowth of the pet population generally. Some of these benefits include the reduction in risk of them developing certain types of cancers. Spaying or neutering your pet can also eliminate some behavioral issues and make your home life more harmonious overall.

Puppy Training and Socialization

Of course, not all of your puppy’s development is related to the care they receive in our veterinary clinic. They also need the structure provided by appropriate training regimens and the stimulation that only socialization with other animals can provide. We’ll offer advice and provide resources to help you guide your puppy as they develop into a healthy and thriving adult.

Benefits of Pet Insurance

While it may seem like an extravagance at first glance, pet insurance can actually bring great benefit to you and your puppy. The cost savings it provides allows you to focus on your pet’s health without having to worry about the bills piling up, and that means more comprehensive and better care for your puppy as they grow.

 Contact Our Reisterstown Veterinarian Today

To learn more about the services we provide or to schedule an appointment for your puppy, call us today at (410) 833-1717.