Will my puppy Go to the Vet While at Lakeshore?

Every puppy from our home will be thoroughly examined by 
one of our veterinarians prior to leaving us.

Our vet will check each individual puppy in the litter for things 
like:
* Heart Murmurs
* Eye Cataracts
* Loose Joints
* Both Testicles in male pups
* Problems with their Teeth
* Problems with their Ears
* Loose Patellas
* Hernias
* Skin Problems

Some of these problems are things that we would not be able 
to pick-up on without the expertise of the veterinarian.

We want to make sure you are going to be adding a healthy 
new puppy to your family!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Different veterinarians will offer different options at your first visit, 
but we will include the basics so that you will be prepared.

INTESTINAL PARASITES:
You should take a stool sample to the first several vet 
appointments. This can be done by simply inverting a ziploc or 
sandwich style plastic bag (inside out), over your hand - pick up a 
small portion of the stool (the fresher the better) then invert the 
bag. Other options would be small plastic container etc... If you 
puppy has had loose stool, bloody stool, or mucous lined stool it 
would be best to take a sample that showed these signs. The vet is 
more likely to find a problem with one of these stools than one that 
is perfectly formed. If you cannot obtain one that is showing 
problems then take whatever your puppy provides you with.

The vet will actually be looking for the eggs of the parasites when 
checking a stool sample. If the parasite was not shedding eggs at 
the time the stool was given - your vet will give you a negative 
result - but one negative result does not mean that your puppy is 
free from parasites. If the worms were not shedding eggs or cysts 
at that particuliar time there will not be anything present for them to 
see - with this in mind, your puppy can definatly have worms even 
though you receive a negative result.

You should feel confident that the puppy is worm free after several 
stool samples in a row have been negative and the pup is showing 
no signs of parasite infestation. These signs can be weight loss, 
poor coat, diarrhea, bloody stool, poor appetite, lack of energy etc...

VACCINATIONS
Your puppy may not be ready for a second vaccination at the first 
visit. Check the date that your puppy had it's first shot and do not 
let him be re-vaccinated for another 3-4 weeks from that date.

Your puppy will require a total of 4 vaccines ending around his 4th 
month. Each vaccine is given in this same 3-4 week interval. 
Different areas of the country often have differing vaccination 
schedules as well as variance in which vaccines they recommend. 
Talk to your vet about what your puppy should and should not be 
vaccinated for.

Your puppy will require a Rabies vaccine, generally between 3-6 
months of age. This should also be discussed with your vet.

After your puppy has had his final vaccine he will be all set for 
another year from this date. His rabies vaccine will need to be done 
again 1 year after it was given as well. After two rabies vaccines, 
spaced 1 year apart, he will then not need another one for 3 more 
years.

MISCELLANEOUS THINGS TO DISCUSS
Your vet will listen to the puppies heart in order to rule out heart 
murmurs. It is possible for your vet to hear a murmur that our vet 
did not hear. This can happen due to stress or just timing. Most 
heart murmurs go away within a short time if they are detected. 
Heart murmurs are not common but it is a possibility. They will also 
look in their eyes and do a complete physical examination.

Your vet will probably discuss heartworm and flea prevention 
products with you. If you have not had a dog for several years, you 
might not be aware of the growing risk of heartworm in dogs. 
Heartworm is transmitted by the common mosquito and is a 
dangerous and life threatening disease. Ask your vet about the 
prevalence of heartworm in the area you live before deciding if you 
will give it to your puppy or not. Different areas of the country are 
more likely to have this problem than others. Fleas are much more 
common in every area of the country and some sort of prevention 
will be necessary. You have a wide range of choices for fleas that 
you can discuss with your vet from natural products like brewers 
yeast and garlic tablets, monthly topical chemicals, monthly pills or 
sprays and powders. Ask questions and find the best option for you 
and your pet. Many of the monthly flea and or heartworm 
prevention products will also help to eliminate or prevent other 
pests like ear mites and other intestinal worms. Be sure to ask 
about these benefits as well when you are choosing the right 
product.

SPAYING OR NEUTERING
We highly recommend having your pet spayed or neutered AND IT 
IS A REQUIREMENT WHEN PURCHASING ONE OF OUR PUPPIES. 
Females that come into heat are susceptible to Pyometra - which is 
an infection in the uterus from the lining not shedding completely. 
This disease can effect your dog without any symptoms until it is 
too late. It can kill! Neutering your pet is the healthy choice for both 
male and female pets. Ask your vet about when the best time to 
schedule this procedure, it is most often done around 6 months of 
age.

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