Puppy Packet

Congratulations on your new addition!

Having a new puppy in the family is exciting and sometimes overwhelming. We are here to help. We are ready to answer those tough puppy questions: How do I house train my puppy? What vaccines will my puppy need and when? Will my puppy need to be dewormed? When can my puppy be neutered?

Here have collected some quick and easy to follow article to refence as you and your pet navigate puppyhood.

Puppy Training

Training a happy puppy starts the day they come home.  House training can be made easier by meal feeding your puppy (feeding at set times). Regular food intake provides more regular stool production. Remember, take your puppy outside anytime she wakes up or gets out of a crate and approximately ½ hour after eating a meal. You can teach them to urinate on command by telling them to “potty” and rewarding them with a healthy treat or affection.

Along with housebreaking, now is the time to start brushing your puppy’s hair and teeth, playing with their feet and trimming nails, and cleaning ears. Pretend it is a game, and make it fun for your pet with lots of praise and rewards.  You will continue to reap the benefits of this interaction for years to come..

House training

When a new puppy joins your family, you have a great opportunity to ensure she’ll grow up to be a confident, healthy dog. Central to that goal is helping her understand where she can and can’t go to the bathroom. Here are our tried and true tips for raising a perfectly housetrained dog....

Crate Training

A dog or puppy left unattended to roam around your house is an invitation for trouble. Not only could this result in damage to a favorite piece of furniture, it could result in your dog getting hurt or sick. When you can’t supervise your new dog, it should be in a crate...

Fear Free Training

Canine Body language of Fear in Dogs

How To Trim Puppy Nails Without a Fuss

Puppy nails are sharp. Because puppies have yet to learn that jumping on people is unwanted, those sharp nails can do some damage to your skin. It’s important then to introduce your puppy to nail trimming as soon as you bring him home. When his nails are trimmed early and often....

Dog Behavior: My Dog Pulls On The Leash

Regularly walking a dog is one of the joys of dog ownership. You and your dog get outside, chat with neighbors, and get a bit of exercise. When your dog pulls on the leash...

General Puppy Health

Puppy Life stage Calculator

A dog’s life stage involves more than their age, since different dog breeds age at different rates. To discover your dog’s current life stage...

When Should I spay or neuter my pet?

As part of the battle against pet overpopulation, it used to be common practice to spay and neuter young pets as soon as it was safe to do so...

What are the most common household toxins for pets

As a pet owner, you want to keep your furry friend safe and healthy, but your pet’s curious nature sometimes can get him into trouble. Animals investigate the world with their mouths and they can ingest poisonous substances accidentally...

top 10 things you need to know about Canine Vaccines

A series of vaccinations is necessary to provide proper immunity for your puppy. Routine boosters are necessary to maintain lifelong immunity.  The timing of the baby series of vaccinations is extremely important...

Zoonosis - Parasite Prevention

Pets can carry parasites and pass parasites to people. Proper handwashing can greatly reduce risk...

Online Recourses

Pet Microchip Look up

Microchipping is a permanent form of identification. One in three pets is lost. Without a microchip, 90% of them will not be returned to their owners.  Microchipping will decrease this risk for your pet. About the size of a grain of rice (approximately 12mm), the microchip is so small it usually cannot be seen in your pet once it has been implanted. It is simply injected beneath the surface of the skin between the shoulder blades. It is also equipped with an anti-migration capsule that keeps it from moving from the place where it is implanted.

Pet’s microchipped here at the Animal Health Clinic are registered with the AKC Reunite.  It is a one time lifetime registration (meaning no annual renewal fees) and any pet lost or found can be reported by visiting their website (listed above) or by calling their recovery hotline 1-800-252-7894.

If you are uncertain where your pet’s microchip is registered visit www.petmicrochiplookup.org.

Tick Identification

Fleas and ticks are annoying to your pet but more importantly they can carry diseases. Examples include Ehrlichia, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and Lyme disease. They can also cause allergic responses in our pets, causing them to loose hair and scratch.  Prevention is the key. We have several excellent products for flea and tick prevention. Ask your veterinary staff to explain the differences and choose what is best for your pet. All products are not the same in safety and efficacy. 

Puppy Care for Kids

How Kids should interact with dog

How NOT to interact with a dog

How to Greet a Dog

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