Congratulations on the new addition to your family!
Your puppy’s first visit to Happy Tails Pet Hospital starts your puppy off on “the right paw” and establishes the relationship between you and our health care team. We are excited to meet your new puppy and provide you with the best puppy care, guidance, and information you will need to ensure that your new puppy grows up into a strong, healthy, and happy dog.
When you pick up your puppy, remember to ask what and when he or she was fed. Replicate that schedule until your first puppy visit with us. We will discuss your puppy’s breed, anticipated lifestyle and nutritional needs with you during your first puppy visit.
Getting Started with your Puppy’s First Wellness Exam
The first step you can take is to visit us so that we can perform a comprehensive “nose-to-tail” physical exam on your puppy. This initial visit has many benefits:
- Extensive physical examination of your new puppy by Dr. Dan.
- Establish a vaccination schedule and optimal plan for parasite testing, prevention and treatment, including heartworm prevention tailored specifically for your puppy.
- Establish a relationship with you and your new puppy, as well as fully understand your expectations as a pet owner.
- Provide an occasion to answer all of your questions and/or concerns about puppy care, such as breed-related health risks, food, environment, nutrition, and/or behavioral questions, such as housetraining your puppy.
- Discussion about spay or neutering your new puppy. The recommended spay/neuter time for a non-breeding puppy is between 4 and 6 months of age.
When visiting with your new puppy for the first time, please bring the following with you:
- Your puppy on a leash.
- Any prior health information that the seller, shelter, or another provided to you, such as information about the breed, history of vaccines, worming, neutering, etc.
- A fresh stool sample