If you've recently brought a new puppy home, the excitement of being a pet owner can get overshadowed by making an appointment with a veterinarian. The first weeks of your pet's life are critical. At Doggie Dude Ranch, our local veterinary team in Ames will help ensure your pet gets the necessary care to live a long and happy life.
A critical aspect for new pets is to ensure they get a wellness exam from a veterinarian. Here, we will check multiple areas of your pet looking for abnormalities and dysfunction. Ears, eyes, mouth, skin, and coat are examined, along with the heart and lungs. During the visit, we will also discuss nutrition/diet recommendations and proper ways to train your pet while at home.
Another important consideration for early life care is ensuring your dog gets its vaccines. You should expect your dog to receive vaccines about every four weeks until they reach six months of age. Core vaccines for dogs include rabies, canine parvovirus, distemper, and canine hepatitis. Starting a vaccination schedule is imperative while your dog's immune system continues developing.
Typically, new puppies also get set up for an appointment for spaying/neutering, along with dental cleanings and microchipping. All of these services have benefits to your dog, and we're happy to answer any questions you may have regarding any service or procedure. More importantly, our vet provides the peace of mind you deserve to raise the healthiest pet possible.
If you have recently welcomed a new puppy into your home, the veterinary professionals at Doggie Dude Ranch are ready to assist you. For more information on caring for your dog or to schedule an appointment with our veterinarian, call us today at (515) 382-1444.