Our puppy wellness program is designed to offer your new puppy all the benefits of veterinary services available to him / or her from 6 weeks of age to 16 weeks of age. Included in this service is a series of examinations and vaccinations including rabies, distemper, parvovirus, etc. In addition, your puppy will be tested for worms and be treated for the most common intestinal worms of puppies – roundworms and hookworms. Roundworms can cause gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting and / or diarrhea. Hookworms are tiny parasites that may cause vomitting, diarrhea, anemia, and even death. There are other parasites that can cause similar symptoms and may cause your puppy to become weak and anemic. Performing strategic dewormings and fecal tests will allow us to treat your puppy accordingly. Although some worms are visible to the naked eye, most worm burdens are diagnosed by examining the stool of your puppy microscopically.
In southeastern VA, heartworm disease prevention also begins at about 6 weeks of age. We will discuss the signs of heartworm disease and its prevention with you at one of your puppy’s scheduled visits.
Other topics that will be addressed include diet, flea and tick control, breeding, grooming, behavior topics, house-breaking methods, and whether to spay/neuter your new pet or not.