Recommended Procedures for Puppies and Dogs

Spay: A spay is the surgical removal of the female dog’s uterus and ovaries. After being spayed, she will not experience heat cycles or become pregnant. Once your dog has been spayed, her disposition should not change except for the better: she will usually be more relaxed, playful and affectionate. She may become less noisy and nervous. More importantly for her health, spaying also dramatically reduces occurrence of tumors of the reproductive system, false pregnancies and conditions related to hormone imbalances, as well as eliminates the risk of severe uterine infections or pyometra which is life threatening.

Neuter: A neuter is the surgical removal of the testicles through an incision in the skin. Neutering at a young age helps to decrease the male dog’s urge to roam and helps decrease the chance of him developing the habit of “marking” with urine. Neutering also tends to make him friendlier and gentler, which makes male dogs less prone to fighting and serious injury. More importantly for his health, neutering also dramatically decreases the occurrence of prostate and other reproductive tract tumors, as well as eliminates the occurrence of testicular tumors.

Microchip: The microchip is an innovative pet retrieval system providing safe, lifelong  identification of your pet. A microchip also improves the chances of retrieving a lost pet. The chip is the size of a grain of rice and is quickly and safely implanted in the scruff of your dog. A handheld scanner can identify your pet’s microchip. When a lost pet is scanned, its ID number can be reported to the AKC Companion Animal Recovery Program, a database that is available 24 hours a day. That system can then reconnect you with your lost pet.

Fecal Testing and Deworming: We recommend regular frequent fecal testing for intestinal worms and parasites. This is especially important if children and other pets are in the home, as several kinds of intestinal parasites can be passed to children or other animals. The current recommendation of the Center for Disease Control (CDC) is that families with children under the age of 8 years old or immuno-compromised persons should deworm their pets quarterly and do a fecal test twice a year.

Heartworm Testing and Preventative: Transmitted by the bite of a mosquito, heartworm is an
extremely dangerous and damaging parasite that lives in a dog’s heart or near the heart in major
blood vessels. The parasite causes heart and lung damage, coughing, lethargy and a tendency to tire
easily. This disease is difficult and costly to cure but easy to prevent. A blood test is used to find
heartworms. After being tested, your dog can be started on either a monthly oral or topical
medication. We strongly recommend year-round heartworm prevention and biennial heartworm
testing. In addition to protection against heartworms, most heartworm preventatives also protect
against many zoonotic intestinal worms as well.

Proper Nutrition: Your puppy should be fed a high quality puppy diet. A high quality diet is
specially formulated with the specific balance of nutrients your puppy needs. You can discuss
special diet options for your puppy with your veterinarian. Please refrain from feeding your puppy
any table scraps, as this promotes bad habits and may result in dietary imbalances.

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