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New Pets: Puppy Care for Cottage Grove & St. Paul Area Pet Owners

Puppy Care at Park Grove Pet Hospital

Bringing a puppy home is an exciting time for any family! Remember, however, that young pets require special care during that first year.

Park Grove Pet Hospital offers a comprehensive care plan to address all of your puppy’s health care needs, providing protection from disease and parasite infestations. In addition, we offer every new owner our Puppy Packet, a collection of handouts and informational articles for reference throughout that critical puppy stage.

Puppy Packet.

Visit our Pet Vaccinations page for a detailed description of disease prevention in dogs.

Puppy’s First Year

Basic services you can expect from Park Grove Pet Hospital during your puppy’s first year include the following:

  • Exams for puppy
  • Intestinal parasite testing
  • Intestinal parasite treatment and prevention
  • Core first year vaccines, including boosters
  • Additional vaccines (if needed, risk-factor dependent)
  • Monthly flea and tick prevention
  • Monthly heartworm and intestinal parasite prevention
  • Spay or neuter

While this general outline offers a basic care plan, each pet will be evaluated for specific needs and lifestyle. Then we tailor a veterinary care plan unique to your pet.

Internal Parasites

Parasite control is an area of considerable importance to pet owners due to the potential threat that animal parasites pose to humans. Called "zoonotic diseases" because they can be passed from animals to people, the common intestinal worms of dogs are not to be taken lightly. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta is encouraging veterinarians to be far more proactive in the management of these diseases. The Companion Animal Parasite Council (CAPC) produces guidelines for veterinary professionals to follow:

  • The CAPC recommends annual stool examinations to check your pet for intestinal parasites.
  • The CAPC also recommends the treatment of all puppies for roundworms and hookworms, regardless of fecal examination results; therefore, we recommend all puppies receive three doses of a de-worming medication at 2-week intervals starting at the first visit.
  • CAPC recommendations also include an annual blood test to check for the presence of heartworms; additionally, we recommend a year-round, once-a-month medication available to prevent heartworms and intestinal worms for all dogs.

External Parasites

Never use over-the-counter flea and tick medication unless it has been approved by one of our veterinarians. Each pet has different needs, lifestyles, and sensitivities, and some over-the-counter products may be ineffective or even toxic for your canine companion.

We will help you plan for the specific needs of your dog and make recommendations for the appropriate products. Contact our office to schedule your puppy for a veterinary exam.

Visit the Companion Animal Parasite Council website for more information about this important topic.