New puppy vet and vaccinations at Acoaxet Veterinary Clinic, Westport, MA
Veterinarian for puppies Westport MA
PUPPY CARE IN WESTPORT MA,
Annual wellness exams keep your dog as healthy as possible!
Congratulations on your new puppy! We just can’t wait to meet the newest addition to your family!
All of us at Acoaxet Veterinary Clinic are excited that you and your family have a new puppy. A puppy can bring lots of love and good fun into your life. As a puppy parent, you now have the responsibility for making sure your puppy’s needs are met. We are here to partner with you throughout your puppy’s development into a healthy, happy member of the family!
Your first puppy visit at Acoaxet Veterinary Clinic
Please bring your puppy in for a check-up as soon as possible to establish a relationship with a veterinarian at Acoaxet Veterinary Clinic. Every breed of dogs is susceptible to some genetically transmitted medical problems. Young puppies are more vulnerable than older animals and may suffer more from infections and parasites. They are more prone to accidental injury. Congenital abnormalities [birth defects] may surface at different stages of development. Puppies that have had inadequate or unknown medical care prior to finding a home with you may have pre-existing conditions that need to be addressed.
Puppy exams are important to assess the health of your puppy. During your initial puppy visit, we will:
- perform a comprehensive examination to detect if your puppy has any health issues that need to be addressed
- discuss his immediate health care needs with you, and answer questions you may have about providing proper puppy care
- fecal testing as needed
- discuss a schedule of vaccinations that will best protect your new puppy
- perform a dental evaluation
- address any questions or concerns you may have about diet and nutrition, normal behavior and development, socialization, and training including housebreaking
- recommend microchipping for your puppy
What to bring to your first puppy visit:
Please bring the health information provided to you by the person, business or organization where you received your puppy. Please bring a fresh stool sample. Don’t forget your new puppy on a leash!
At Home Dental Care
Dental care is very important for your dog’s overall health, from birth to old age. Puppy parents must start early to set a good dental care routine for your dog. Puppy owners should start early so their puppy gets used to the feeling of having his teeth brushed and inspected. By the time puppy teeth fall out around the age of 6 months, the puppy should be used to getting his or her teeth brushed regularly. Start slowly and gradually. Dip a finger into beef bouillon gently rub along your pet's gums and teeth. The most important area to focus on is the gum line (the crevice where the gums meet the teeth), where bacteria and food mix to form plaque. Focusing on the gum line, start at the front of the mouth, then move to the back upper and lower teeth and gum areas. Please see our page on “Home Dental Care for your Pet” for more information about brushing your puppy’s teeth.
Puppy-Proof Your House
Puppies love to chew and do not yet know what an appropriate chew toy is. To protect your pet against harm, it is important to puppy-proof your house. Store harmful chemicals, electrical cords and objects that pose a choking risk in areas where your puppy cannot get to them. Prevent access to medications, cleaning supplies, poisonous house plants, “people” food and the kitchen trash can. Foods to avoid include chocolate and gum containing xylitol.
Please Watch Your Puppy Carefully!
Puppies are vulnerable and are prone to accidental injury. Please be alert to the following symptoms, which may be signs that your puppy needs immediate care:
- Respiratory problems: persistent coughing, shortness of breath, labored breathing, shallow breathing, or excessively rapid or slow breathing.
- Signs of pain: panting, labored breathing, increased body temperature, lethargy, hiding, restlessness, loss of appetite, reacting aggressively when touched or approached, crying.
- Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
- A wound or laceration that's open and bleeding
- Animal bites
- Allergic reactions, such as swelling around the face, hives, or severe itchiness.
- An eye injury, no matter how mild
- Seizure, fainting, or collapse, difficulty standing or getting up, “blank stare”, disorientation
- Exposure to extreme cold or heat, even if the dog seems to have recovered
- Trauma such as getting hit by a vehicle or falling, even if the dog does not appear to have been physically harmed
- Suspected poisoning, including ingestion of antifreeze, rodent or snail bait, or human