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Now that you have a new puppy, Family Pet Hospital of Stone Oak wants you to keep him or her happy and healthy. The best way to do this is to start at the beginning with a complete examination.
Ideally, we want you to start bringing your new pet to see us between the ages of 8 to 12 weeks if he or she comes from a breeder or as soon as possible if you adopt. We will review any vaccinations and discuss your pet’s medical history and expected lifestyle with you. These are the guides we use to develop a protocol of care and vaccinations that we tailor for each pet.
For example, if you are looking forward to taking your new friend to the dog park for socializing, the risk is higher for contracting canine flu or bordetella, commonly known as kennel cough. We would want to include vaccines for these vaccines in the protocol. Lyme disease is a big problem in this area so if your pet will be outdoors, this vaccine would also be very appropriate.
For your new puppy, the first visit with the veterinarian can be about 40 minutes long. This is about double the regular appointment time. During this appointment we will do a complete physical examination and check a stool sample for parasites.
Our Staff will take the time with you to discuss and/or provide literature regarding:
We will help you schedule follow-up appointments to complete the vaccination series.
It is so important to make sure your new pet starts out life with appropriate nutrition. Obesity can make your pet feel bad and cause other health and joint issues. It can also shorten his or her life by a couple of years. We stress the importance of proper nutrition and will give you tips to develop good eating and exercise habits now that will enhance your pet’s good condition and help maintain a healthy weight for his or her whole life.
As your puppy grows and matures, the regular visits he or she has come to expect will continue. Throughout your pet’s life, we will work with you to tailor programs of Adult Wellness and Senior Wellness to help enhance your long and happy friendship.
Spaying and Neutering
Spaying or neutering your pet not only means a longer and healthier life, but a better companion, as well. It is best to spay or neuter your pet anywhere from 4 to 6 months, we recommend 6 months to allow your pets baby teeth ample time to have fallen out and if they haven't we will extract them at the time of the surgery. This helps to prevent your dogs adult teeth from coming in incorrectly which can cause problems later on.