PENNY PAWS PATH TO WELLNESS FOR DOGS

We are committed to motivating all pet owners to start a healthy journey with their pets.

Are you planning to add a dog to your family?

Getting a puppy is very exciting but make sure to schedule a pre-purchase consultation, your veterinarian can help match you to the perfect depending on your lifestyle. There are many considerations to take such as breed,  size, activity level, maintenance requirements, personality, individual behavioral issues.  They will be able to help and advise you on how to begin training and ensuring your home environment is safe for your new family member.

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How to take care of your puppy during the first 8 weeks

Your puppy’s first exam is vital to their health. In the first exam, your veterinarian will begin the vaccine schedule, fecal exam and deworming, along with puppy talk including educational information and free samples. Starting flea, tick, and heartworm prx will also be discussed.

  • Vaccinations: Appropriate vaccinations prevent diseases in both pets and people. Penny Paws provides a complete vaccination protocol for pets of all ages and lifestyles.
  • Start and get advice on your pet’s diet, it is important in their first few weeks and months for them to meet all their caloric needs, as they continue to grow.   
  • Make sure to take home a bottle of moisturizing shampoo and adapt your puppy to bathing, nail trimming, ear cleaning, teeth brushing.  During this behavior training should begin, you can also find help with a behavioral trainer.
  • Diet/Exercise: Healthy diet and exercise plans aren’t only restricted to people! Obesity and arthritis are terrible problems we see every day. These issues are best avoided than treated. Allow our specially trained Doctors to help design a plan that keeps your pet at an ideal weight and their bones/joint strip-top top condition.
  • Socialization: Did you know pets can become anxious, stressed and even depressed? Providing proper socialization allows these pack (dog) critters to be taken care of mentally. Our Penny Paws staff can help provide recommendations given your pets temperament and your home situation.

9 Weeks  

An appointment to the veterinarian should be scheduled for your puppy to get the next round of vaccines,  which includes vaccines against distemper, measles, and parainfluenza. It also important to upkeep your puppy’s deworming treatments to prevent hookworms and heartworms which can be fatal. A fecal exam will also be administered to check for any parasites that are detrimental to your puppy’s health.

  • Parasite prevention: Parasites can infect all pets at all ages. This includes intestinal parasites such as worms and protozoa that lead to weight loss and diarrhea, Heartworms which are transmitted by mosquitoes and infect the heart and lungs, External parasites such as fleas, ticks, and ringworm that spread disease and cause discomfort to the pet. Penny Paws Doctors take a knowledgeable and practical approach to prevent, control and monitor for parasite problems.

Please make sure to inform your veterinarian if any weight loss occurs, your puppy is growing and should be gaining weight. Also, inform of any behavioral changes that are odd or strange to you.

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13 Weeks

Vaccines should be administered for DHPP (vaccines for distemper, adenovirus [hepatitis], parainfluenza, and parvovirus. Non-core vaccines also include Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, Bordetella, and Lyme disease.

  • Bloodwork: Pet’s lives are much shorter than our own and thus prolonging our time with them is important. Just as physicians utilize annual blood screens to determine health and to look for early markers of disease, veterinarians also get tremendous insite from annual blood tests. If you are interested in providing the best for care for your pet then we highly recommend annual blood tests.

Please let your veterinarian know if you are having any difficulties with behavioral training, they will be able to help you find a specialist or a trainer.

16 Weeks

 

Ideally, enroll in puppy classes during this period to identify problem behaviors and intervene early as well as develop basic training with an experienced professional.

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4-6 Months

In case of your pet becoming lost, there is no better way to make sure your pet is reunited with you than a microchip. This quick procedure and registration allows your information to be pulled up from the small rice-sized microchip placed under the skin with a quick scan by a vet clinic or animal shelter.

At 4-6 months (ideally perform a 10 chemistry panel, CBC, place IV catheter, and fluids, pain meds perioperatively and to go home.  Implant microchip with surgery, full mouth dental X-rays to check for congenital abnormalities. Spaying or neutering your pet is the responsible pet owner thing to do. Not only do you help with pet overpopulation, but spaying and neutering have been shown to minimize the risk of several diseases. 

Annual Exams

Physical examinations are an invaluable way to make sure your pet is doing well inside and out. Our small animal veterinarians are highly trained to detect disease and make pet care recommendations that will make sure your fur-baby is getting optimal care from their vet and from you at home! 

We recommend annual dental cleaning if needed, annual chemistry panel, CBC,  HW test, and a fecal exam.

Vaccines should be administered annually or every 3 years, it is important to upkeep your rabies vaccinations, depending on the state, it is either every year or every 3 years.  It also important that your puppy receives year-round flea, tick, heartworm medications, as preventing any parasites is vital to your dog’s health.

Does your dog need vaccinations?

Penny Paws believes every owner and pet should have access to medications which is why we host weekly mobile vaccinations clinics. Click below to find a clinic near you or check on your pet’s medical records!