Last Updated on October 17, 2023 by Nurse Vicky
Puppy Health Check: The Basics You Need To Know
Are you welcoming a new puppy into your home this year? If so, you’re sure to be keen to know everything you can about the health of your new addition.
This blog will teach you all about puppy health checks, what to expect when taking one on, and what to do if anything seems off.
By understanding these basics, you’ll be able to bring home a healthy pup that’s ready to explore its new home and make new friends!
Puppy health check – what to expect
It’s important to keep your puppy healthy and happy from the start. That’s why it’s important to follow some basic tenets of good dog care like feeding them properly, resting them properly, and exercising them.
Make sure to schedule a health check with your veterinarian soon after you bring your puppy home. During the health check, your veterinarian will take note of your puppy’s vaccinations, deworming, and other health issues.
This health report will provide you with a detailed overview of your puppy’s health and will help you keep them healthy and happy.
How to conduct a puppy health check?
Puppy health is of utmost importance and it’s essential to start your puppy’s health check as soon as you bring him home. The following are some of the basics you need to know for conducting a healthy puppy health check: weight, age, sex, vaccination schedule (if any), microchips, and tongue examination.
If there are any concerns listed above or you notice anything strange behavior in the pup, it is essential to take him to a veterinarian immediately! With a healthy puppy, you’re sure to have a happy and healthy family.
What should you do if your puppy seems unwell?
It’s that time of the year again, puppies are puppies and they want to play all the time! But that doesn’t mean they’re immune to getting sick.
In fact, puppies can get sick in a variety of ways, some of which are more serious than others. Always keep an eye out for any changes in your puppy’s breathing, behavior, or temperature.
If you notice any of these changes, it’s important to take them to the vet as soon as possible. Additionally, be sure to keep an eye on their temperature – if it spikes suddenly or falls below normal levels, they may require antibiotics ASAP!
When is it safe to bring a puppy home?
Welcome to the wonderful world of puppies! It’s an exciting time, but there are some important things you need to know before bringing a new puppy home.
Make sure they have been vaccinated and de-wormed, and get them spayed or neutered as soon as possible. These steps will help reduce the number of puppies that will end up in shelters or on the streets. When bringing a new puppy home, be mindful of other family members who may be allergic to dogs.
And, if it’s too windy or cold outside, avoid taking them outside! Puppies are cute and cuddly, but they also require a lot of care and attention. Don’t wait to bring them home – start preparing now and you’ll be on your way to a lifetime of happy memories with your new puppy!
What are some of the most common health problems in puppies?
Puppies are susceptible to a variety of health problems, some of which can be serious. If you notice any of the following symptoms in your puppy, it is important to take him to see a veterinarian as soon as possible:
1. Diarrhea: Diarrhea is one of the most common signs of a health problem in puppies and can be due to various reasons such as food allergies, parasites, or virus infection.
2. UTIs: Urinary tract infection (UTI) is an often serious condition that can be caused by bacteria, viruses, or other parasites getting into the urinary tract.
3. Vomiting: Vomiting is another commonly seen sign of puppies being unwell and can be a result of eating something that’s not good for their stomach, ingesting contaminated water, being stressed out, or having food poisoning.
4. Pneumonia: Pneumonia is a serious lung infection that can be deadly in puppies if not treated quickly. It’s often caused by bacteria, dust mites, or Protozoa.
5. Worms: Worms are common in puppies and can cause significant harm to their digestive system as they feed on dead tissue and blood.
Should I take my puppy to the vet every time it gets sick?
There is no set answer when it comes to whether or not you should take your puppy to the veterinarian every time it gets sick. Ultimately, this decision depends on a variety of factors including your puppy’s age, health history, and current condition.
If you do decide to take your pup in for treatment, make sure you have all of the relevant paperwork like its vaccination record. This will help the veterinarian get a better understanding of your pet’s illness and determine which treatment options would be the best for it.
Most veterinarians will say that it’s better to err on the side of caution and take your pup in for treatment even if it doesn’t seem too serious. However, not every illness is serious and some may just need antibiotics or a cold bath. Follow up with your vet visits regularly and be prepared to answer any questions they may have about your pet’s health.
What are some of the symptoms of common puppy illnesses?
Here are some of the most common symptoms of puppy illnesses, as listed by the ASPCA:
Diarrhea: Puppies may experience watery diarrhea that may be accompanied by vomiting or nausea.
Vomiting: Puppies may regurgitate food and exhibit general sickness behavior, like refusing to eat.
Panting heavily: A puppy’s panting rate may increase a lot when they’re feeling uncomfortable or stressed.
Lethargy: Older puppies may act sleepy and inactive and may not want to play.
Difficulty breathing: Many puppies will start wheezing and having difficulty breathing when they get sick.
How can I treat my puppy’s ailments if they do get sick?
As a first step, if your puppy gets sick, you should take them to the vet. After they have been examined and any necessary treatment has been given, here are a few things that you can do at home to help them get better faster.
1. Make sure they drink plenty of water and feed them a healthy diet: puppies usually become dehydrated and ill when they are sick, so making sure they drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet will help to keep them hydrated and healthy.
2. Give them warmth and shelter: when puppies are sick, they may get scared and cry a lot, which can make their condition worse. Making sure they have enough warmth and shelter will provide them with some comfort and help to calm them down.
3. Keep an eye on their breathing: one of the most important things you can do for a puppy when they are sick is to make sure its breathing is normal. When puppies are regularly breathing properly, it helps to improve their overall health and fight off any infection that might be present.
How can I prevent my puppy from getting sick?
One way you can help your puppy stay healthy is by providing them with a clean and safe space to play. This includes picking up harmful bacteria from the soil or other surfaces they come in contact with. In addition, make sure to provide your puppy with adequate nutrition, hydration, and exercise.
Puppy health is a very important topic and one that you should take seriously. By following the guidelines outlined in this blog, you can ensure that your puppy is healthy and happy when you bring her home.
In addition to conducting a health check, make sure to monitor your puppy’s weight, behavior, and appetite regularly. If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We would be happy to help you out!