New puppy vet and vaccinations at Crestwood Animal Clinic , Crestwood, IL

Veterinarian for puppies, Crestwood IL

Puppy Care

Congratulations on Your New Puppy!

We just love puppies and we can't wait to meet yours!  Please bring your puppy in for an exam as soon as possible to establish a relationship with our staff at Crestwood Animal Clinic.  Together we will make sure your puppy receives everything he or she needs to grow up healthy and strong.  When you pick up your puppy, remember to ask what and when he or she was fed.  Replicate that schedule until your first puppy visit with us.  We will discuss your puppy’s breed, anticipated lifestyle and nutritional needs with you during your first puppy visit.

Bringing Your Puppy Home

  • It is best to purchase supplies (for example, food and water bowls, chew toys, grooming supplies, bedding, collar and leash, identification tag, crate and gates) before you bring your puppy home. Pre-puppy shopping allows you to shop for supplies without the pressure of the puppy needing it immediately.
  • You'll need to puppy-proof the area where he or she will spend most of his or her time the first few months. Once you think you've completely puppy-proofed, lie on the floor and look around once more to get a puppy's-eye view. If you have children, please remind them not to overwhelm the puppy the first few days. 
  • We recommend each owner purchase a crate for their new puppy.  A crate establishes a living space for your puppy and his instinct will be to keep it clean, helping you to housebreak your puppy. Once your puppy learns to keep his crate clean, this “space” can be increased in size by placing a child gate in a kitchen or bathroom doorway. The entire house will eventually be perceived as his living space, one room at a time.

Your Puppy’s First Exam

Your puppy’s first exam is an important first step in your puppy’s life.  Very young puppies may suffer from medical issues since their immune systems are not yet mature. Certain breeds are more susceptible to certain medical problems. Puppies that have not had adequate medical care prior to adoption may have pre-existing conditions that need to be addressed. The puppy exam will ensure your canine companion will be on the way to growing up healthy and strong.

Your puppy’s first visit with us will include: 

  • A comprehensive physical exam
  • Development of a vaccination program based on your puppy’s current age and expected lifestyle
  • Heartworm prevention recommendations
  • Internal and external parasite screening
  • Intestinal parasite deworming if needed
  • Recommendations for controlling and preventing external parasite such as flea and ticks
  • Behavior and housetraining recommendations
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Crate training recommendations

Please bring the health information provided to you by the seller or shelter on your first visit with us. This should include a previous history of vaccines and deworming. Also bring a fresh stool (fecal) sample. Don't forget to bring your puppy in on a leash or in a carrier!

Subsequent puppy exams will be schedule according to your puppy’s age and medical history. 

Signs That Your Puppy May Need Medical Attention

Please also be alert to the following symptoms that indicate your puppy needs immediate care:

  • Any respiratory problems, such as coughing, trouble breathing
  • Any signs of pain, lameness, panting, labored breathing, increased body temperature, lethargy, restlessness or loss of appetite
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea
  • Any wound or laceration that's open and bleeding or any animal bite
  • Allergic reactions, such as swelling around the face, or hives anywhere on the body
  • Any eye injury, no matter how mild
  • Seizure, fainting or collapse
  • Thermal Stress, either too cold or too hot, even if the puppy seems to have recovered
  • Trauma received from any incident, even if the puppy does not appear to have been physically harmed
  • Any suspected poisoning, including ingestion of antifreeze, rodent or snail bait, or human medication

Please call today to schedule an appointment for us to meet your new puppy!

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