To raise a puppy the right way, it takes a loving owner and a qualified veterinarian. You may have a few questions when you arrive for your puppy’s first vet visit. Our veterinarians at Ellendale Veterinary Services have gathered some of the questions that we run into regarding puppy exams. If you live in Edgeley, Ellendale, Oakes, or the surrounding areas, contact our team today to schedule your puppy’s first checkup.
Is my puppy healthy?
Puppies can carry parasites or have illnesses beneath the surface even if they appear to be healthy. This is why our veterinarians will assess your puppy for skin issues, gastrointestinal issues, and respiratory issues. A fecal test may also be conducted to determine if there are any parasites that your pup has picked up in the first few weeks.
How often should I feed my puppy each day?
Puppies need to eat more frequently than older dogs. Our veterinarians will help you create a detailed feeding schedule to ensure your puppy grows up right. We will suggest certain food brands and products that are known to support the health of young dogs.
What is the best type of food to feed my puppy?
Puppies require a balance of nutrients that differs from that of older dogs. This diet includes higher levels of calories, fats, and protein. Providing the best nutrition for your puppy can help your pet avoid skin problems, rapid weight gain, and other medical issues. When you take your pup for the first veterinary care appointment, be sure to discuss your pet’s diet with one of our veterinarians.
Should I spay or neuter my puppy?
This decision is up to you and can be done at almost any age. However, if you wait until your dog is a little older, there could be a few advantages for certain breeds. Based on your pup's age, genetics, and size, our vet will make recommendations for the best time to have your pet spayed or neutered.
How should I care for my puppy's teeth?
Maintaining your puppy’s overall health is important as it grows, this includes your pet’s oral health. Our vet will recommend the best toothpaste, toothbrush, and oral health treats to make sure your puppy’s teeth are strong and healthy.
Contact Ellendale Veterinary Services for Your Puppy’s Next Exam
If you have recently welcomed a new puppy into your home and live in or around Edgeley, Ellendale, or Oakes, our veterinarians at Ellendale Veterinary Services are here to help your pet have a happy and healthy life. Call our team today at (701) 742-2486 or reach us through our website by using our online contact form.