PUPPY CARE

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.

Read or Download our Puppy Handbook here!

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

Loren Bedeker
Hands down the most amazing vet clinic there is!
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Hands down the most amazing vet clinic there is! Dr. Dan, Dr. Jessica and the rest of the staff are the most caring and compassionate individuals you want caring for your pets. They empathize with you and deeply care for our four-legged children! I will never go anywhere else but Happy Tails!
Cheryl Ruddy
We love Dr. Jess and staff!
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We love Dr. Jess and staff! As a breeder it is very important to have a good connection with the vet you work with on a regular basis. Dr. Jess always makes it a priority to have a great connection with you and your pet, she gets down on their level and interacts with them making the visit a very positive experience for both the owner and pet. She is very knowledgeable and I fully trust the advice she gives is what's best for my pets. Dr. Jess really has a passion for what she does and it shows every time we are in the office.
Jordyn Casey
No other place better to take your dogs!
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No other place better to take your dogs. We’ve taken all of our 24 dogs over the years there! Never had a problem. Vets are compassionate and the techs show nothing but love to your animals, as if they were taking care of their own.
Jackie Braham
This vet is the best!
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This vet is the best! Dr Jess and Dr Dan are very loving and compassionate to our fur babies. Dr jess has been a big part of our fur family and treats my babies with all the love she has..will never go to anyone else!!
Haley Blair
They are both extremely knowledgeable and caring
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I have nothing but great things to say about HT. We first started to bring our new dog out there after being referred to them by a friend. They have helped our dog through many issues (that were/are caused by overbreeding). And they even saved her life when she fell deathly ill and had to have emergency surgery.
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