START YOUR PUPPY OFF ON THE RIGHT PAW
Healthy puppies should be seen by the vet every three to four weeks from 6 weeks of age until 16 weeks of age. Bringing them to the vet is the perfect way to ensure that your new puppy receives all the needed care to grow up healthy and happy!
During the pet exam, our veterinarians will check your puppy from head to tail including their eyes, ears, mouth, heart/lung sound, and skin/coat. We'll discuss any concerns that our clients may have as well as go over any issues that may appear during the puppy examination. Some illnesses or medical concerns can be detected during a comprehensive pet check-up, but more serious conditions may go undetected without proper testing and diagnostic treatment. We encourage all pet owners to bring their puppies in for a comprehensive pet exam, blood work, heartworm test (canine), fecal exam, and urinalysis.
Why should I microchip my puppy?
Once your new companion has reached eight months old, it is a good time to get him/ her microchipped. It is a simple procedure. A needle is used to insert the microchip, much like a shot, and it takes only a few seconds for the whole procedure to be done. This rice-size device is detected when scanned at veterinary offices or shelters and indicates who the owner is, giving your puppy the best chance to return home if it ever it gets separated from you.
In addition to giving your puppy the best chance at making it back home, microchipping your pet is also a requirement in Harris County. We have additional information on microchipping, so you can find out all the benefits of this program, or you can contact Dr. Tracy at Tracy Animal Hospital who will be happy to discuss all the merits of microchipping.
Why does my puppy need regular veterinary visits?
Bringing your puppy in for regular veterinary care is a proactive approach to their healthcare. Because puppies are vulnerable to illnesses, it is a good idea to visit your vet every month for their first six months. Comprehensive exams and testing note changes difficult to see on a day to day basis.