Puppy Care

Congratulations on Your New Puppy!

Do you have an energetic, happy, loving, new puppy?  We would love to meet your new puppy.  Please schedule an exam with the Animal Hospital at Baldwin Park so we may welcome your puppy into our family, make sure he or she is healthy, and give you guidance and support to acclimate your new puppy into your home.  Our puppy and behavioral counseling services can help make the puppy experience much more enjoyable and less stressful on you and your family, as you train your puppy about his or her new home and expected behaviors.

If you have not chosen your puppy yet, we are here to help you make the decision easier and can counsel you on breed selection and proper pre-planning so that you get the proper puppy for your environment and lifestyle.

Your puppy’s first exam with us is the first step you can take to be sure your wonderful companion grows up strong, healthy and happy.  Veterinary care is essential throughout your dog’s entire life, and starting a relationship with us early in your dog’s life is the best opportunity to provide longevity for your dog.

During your puppy’s first exam, we encourage you to discuss with us any questions you may have about your new puppy, including health issues, behavior issues, house training, necessary immunizations, environmental enrichment, exercise, nutrition and the anticipated lifestyle of your puppy.

Before you decide on a puppy food, talk to us. There are so many choices available and we want you to be able to choose the right food for your puppy.  Please feed your puppy the same food.

Your puppy’s first visit will include:

  • Complete physical exam.
  • Internal parasite screening and deworming if needed
  • Development of a vaccination program based on your puppy’s lifestyle. For more information on vaccines, please visit our vaccines page.
  • Recommendations for controlling and preventing external parasites such as fleas.  Please visit our fleas and external parasites page for more information.
  • Behavior, housetraining and exercise recommendations
  • Nutritional counseling

For your first puppy visit with us, we request that you bring the following:

  • Your puppy on a leash
  • Any paperwork or medical records given to you regarding the previous care of your puppy including all previous immunizations, deworming, and medications given to your puppy
  • A fresh stool sample (less than four hours old and not frozen)
  • Any questions you may have regarding your puppy’s health

The following are signs that your puppy needs immediate care:

  • Any respiratory problem:  coughing or trouble breathing
  • Any signs of pain:  panting, labored breathing, increased body temperature, lethargy, restlessness or loss of appetite
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Any wound or laceration that’s open and bleeding, or any animal bite
  • Allergic reactions, such as swelling around the face, or hives, most easily seen on the belly
  • Any eye injury, no matter how mild
  • Any suspected poisoning, including ingestion of antifreeze, rodent or snail bait, or human medication
  • Seizure, fainting, or collapse
  • Thermal Stress, either too cold or too hot, even if the dog seems to have recovered
  • Trauma, such as being hit by a car, even if the dog seems fine

Please call us immediately if your puppy is exhibiting any of these symptoms.