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Congratulations on the addition of your new family member!

Your puppy will give you unconditional love and friendship that cannot be replaced.  We, at Emerald City Animal Hospital want to help keep your puppy as healthy and happy as possible.

To ensure your puppy receives complete preventative care to protect against disease, we recommend a series of four (4) visits.  During these visits, your puppy will receive the following to maintain good health:

Puppy Vaccine Protocol

  •  6 Weeks:  1st Puppy wellness exam, DA2PP Vaccine, Deworm (two (2) dewormings two (2) weeks apart), heartworm and flea prevention, and client education.
  •  9 Weeks:  2nd Puppy wellness exam, DA2PP Vaccine, fecal exam for intestinal parasites, heartworm and flea prevention, and client education. 
  • 12 Weeks:  3rd Puppy wellness exam, DA2LPP Vaccine, heartworm and flea prevention, and client education.
  • 15 Weeks:  Puppy wellness exam, DA2LPP Vaccine, Rabies, heartworm and flea prevention, and client education.
    • DA2PP- Distemper, Adenovirus 1 & 2, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza
    • DA2LPP- Distemper, Adenovirus 1 & 2, Leptospirosis, Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza

The doctor may customize the visits according to your pet’s needs. 

Please monitor your puppy for any vaccine reactions such as vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, pain at the injection site, hives, swelling of the face or breathing problems.  These problems are not common but they can happen. Please call us immediately if you have any concerns so that the doctor can determine what treatment you puppy needs.

!!!WE ADVISE LEAVING YOUR PET AT HOME UNTIL IT IS FULLY VACCINATED!!!

Basic Dog & Puppy Information

Nutrition

Good food and plenty of fresh water are needed to allow your puppy to reach its full potential.  We recommend feeding your puppy a good quality puppy food for the first year of life.  After reaching one year old, you can slowly switch your dog to a good quality adult dog food over 7-10 days by mixing the two foods together.

Spay & Neuter

All pets not being used for breeding purposes should be spayed (females) or neutered (males) between 4 and 6 months of age.  It is preferable to spay the females before they come into heat to drastically decrease their chances of developing mammary cancer.

 
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Heartworms

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the heart of our pets.  Heartworms are transmitted when a mosquito bites an infected animal and then bites your pet. These adult worms can grow up to six inches long and can eventually cause severe respiratory disease, congestive heart failure, and death.  Although there is a treatment available for canine heartworm disease, it is painful and can be dangerous for the dog.  The treatment is also very expensive.  We recommend monthly heartworm prevention year round for all dogs.  At each yearly exam, a simple blood test will be done to ensure your pet is free of heartworms.

Fleas & Ticks

Flea and tick control is important in keeping your pet both comfortable and healthy.  In addition to causing allergic reactions, fleas and ticks can spread disease and parasites.  These problems can be reduced or prevented with routine flea and tick control. 

Yearly Exam

After your puppy, has gone through the series of puppy vaccines, it is recommended that your dog come in yearly for a comprehensive physical exam.  Internal parasite testing, heartworm testing, and booster vaccines are also a part of this visit.

Intestinal Parasite Exam (Fecal)

Animals are susceptible to many types of intestinal parasites including worms.  To determine if your pet is carrying any intestinal parasites, we must analyze a stool sample to look for their eggs.  We recommend this test twice yearly.  Tapeworm eggs are rarely found on the intestinal parasite exam therefore we rely on you to let us know if any are present.  Tapeworms resemble rice and can be seen in the stool or on the hair around the tail or anus.  If any parasites are detected, we will provide the proper medication to treat them.

Microchip

A microchip containing a unique identification number is inserted under the skin of your pet.  This may be done at any time but is convenient to do the day your pet is spayed or neutered.  Using a special scanner, veterinarians and local humane societies can read the chip, identify the pet, and contact the owners if the pet has been lost.

Senior Care

Your dog is considered a senior at the age of 7. We recommend doing yearly blood work, a urinary analysis, and other diagnostics to determine the health of your older pet.  These tests can show the presence of underlying disease.  By catching these problems early, we can discuss ways to keep your pet as healthy as possible.

 
We hope that this provides you with some basic information about caring for your new pet.  As always, we at Emerald City Animal Hospital are here to help you keep your pet healthy and happy so you may have many fun-filled years together.
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Home Dental Care

Untreated dental disease can lead to tooth loss and life threatening diseases.  Bacteria from tooth decay and gum disease can enter your pet’s bloodstream and result in infection in the heart, lungs, and other body parts of the body.  It is estimated that 85%-90% of all pets over the age of three years old suffer from some degree of tooth decay and gum disease.

Deposits of plaque build-up on your pet’s teeth. When it remains on the teeth, plaque hardens and turns to tartar, which causes inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) and breaks down ligaments that connect the teeth with bone and gum tissue (periodontitis).  Home dental care as well as early and proper prophylactic teeth cleaning prevents these problems. Home dental care is vital to prevent plaque build-up and tartar.  Many dental care products are available and we will be happy to advise you regarding the best option for your pet.

Brushing Your Pet’s Teeth

You can train your pet to accept regular brushing by gently rubbing your finger over the outer surface of their teeth and gums.  Apply CET Enzymatic Toothpaste to your finger to get them used to the flavor. Never use human toothpaste as this can be toxic if swallowed. A gauze sponge or rubber finger brush can be used to provide some abrasion to the teeth once your pet is used to the toothpaste.  As your pet becomes accustomed to this, you can slowly begin using a pet toothbrush, which has very soft bristles.  You should hold the toothbrush at a 45-degree angle and rotate it in small circles on the area where the gums and teeth meet.  For the most effective cleaning, you should brush your pet’s teeth every evening after the last meal.

CET Oral Hygiene Rinse

This product is used daily to decrease oral bacteria, reduce plaque development, and therefore reduce tartar build-up.  Just a gentle squeeze into your pet’s mouth daily, will leave your pet with cleaner teeth and fresh breath while providing soothing, temporary relief from minor gum irritation.  The antibacterial and breath freshening agents lasts 24 hours.

CET Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews

Chewing helps slow the build-up of plaque through mechanical action and increased saliva flow.  The enzymes found in these chews will break down the bacteria in the mouth to further improve oral hygiene.  The chews are formulated to be easily digestible, unlike other commercial rawhides, and will not obstruct the digestive tract.

Professional Dental Cleaning

Even with regular dental care at home, your pet will eventually develop tartar and therefore need a professionaldental cleaning.  A complete oral exam is performed under anesthesia.  The teeth are then scaled to remove tartar build-up, polished then a fluoride treatment is applied.  Attention is paid to the area below the gum line where “hidden” problems arise.  Any tooth extractions or periodontal therapy needed can be done now. We are also proud to offer digital dental x-ray, which is key in diagnosing and resolving underlying issues. Your pet goes home the same day, but with a healthier, more comfortable mouth and fresher smelling breath.  Routine dental care will help keep your pet’s teeth and gums as healthy as possible, and positively contribute to the overall health of your pet.

PARASITE PREVENTION PRODUCTS

 

These are **not for use with cats** and the patient MUST have had a negative heartworm test and been seen by the veterinarian within a year to purchase heartworm prevention products.  Some of these products include flea prevention.

Heartworm Prevention

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the heart of our four legged friends.  Heartworms are transmitted when a mosquito bites and infected animal and then bites your pet.  These adult worms can grow up to six inches long and can eventually cause congestive heart failure.  Although there is a treatment available for canine heartworm disease, it is not risk-free for the dog and can be rather expensive. There is currently no accurate test for cats.  Therefore, prevention is the key to a happy and healthy pet.

We recommend starting your pet on a heartworm preventative during your first visit to us and continuing monthly.  On your dogs’ first annual visit, and each yearly exam, a simple blood test will be done to ensure your pet is heartworm free. This yearly test is mandatory to purchase heartworm preventative.

Topical Products

Advantage Multi:   This is a once a month topical product that prevents heartworms in dogs and cats.  In dogs, it also kills fleas, controls roundworms, hookworms and whipworms.  In cats, it also kills fleas, and controls roundworms, hookworms, as well as ear mites.

Oral Products

Interceptor Plus: This is once a month flavored, chewable tablet that prevents heartworms and controls roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms.

Heartgard:   This Product is a monthly beef chew that prevents heartworms and treats and controls roundworms and hookworms.  This is a good choice for our “picky” dogs.

Trifexis:  This is a once a month chewable tablet for dogs and puppies.  It prevents heartworms, kills fleas and prevents infestations, and treats and controls roundworms, hookworms, and whipworms. It starts killing fleas in as little as 30 minutes.  You must give this product with a full meal.

CANINE FLEA/TICK CONTROL PRODUCTS

Not for use with cats and patient MUST have been seen by the veterinarian within a year to purchase flea and tick products.

Topical Products

*Frontline Plus:  This product kills adult fleas, flea eggs and larva, ticks, and chewing lice. It is safe for puppies 7 weeks or older.  Nexgard Chewable:  This product kills fleas and ticks.  Beef flavored chew.  It is safe for puppies 8 weeks and older, weighing 4lbs or more. 

*This product is a topical application and is safe for use under the direction of your veterinarian. While the products are waterproof, bathing requires soap free shampoos such as an oatmeal/aloe.  Shampooing with a harsh shampoo or frequent swimming will reduce the efficacy

Oral Products

Bravecto:  This product is a chewable tablet that kills adult fleas, prevents flea infestations and kills ticks for 12 weeks in puppies 6 months of age and older dogs.  Give with food.

Nexgard:  This product is a flavored chew that kills adult fleas, prevents flea infestations and kills ticks for 30 days.  Use on puppies 8 weeks or older and at least 4 lbs.

If you have any questions that are not answered during your visit or by our website, or need clarification on any issues please feel free to call us or chat on our website, or simply stop by.
— The Doctors & Staff