Give your new pet the best start in life.
Although every puppy will need routine veterinary care during their first year, each of them will require an individualized plan. Let’s work together to determine how we can give your new furry friend the best start in life possible.
What should my pet’s first year look like?
During their first year, your puppy will require regular visits with their veterinarian. These visits are comprised of physical exams, vaccinations, and diagnostic testing – all of which allow us to keep tabs on your pet’s health as they grow and develop.
- Physical Exams
A lifetime of wellness starts with your pet’s very first physical exam. Unlike adult dogs, puppies require approximately 3-4 exams during their first 8-16 weeks. At those exams, your pet will receive important vaccines and assessments of their overall health.
Because the immune system is still developing, puppies must receive a series of properly staged vaccines including boosters. We tailor our vaccine recommendations based on your pet’s individual lifestyle and breed using guidelines established by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
- Diagnostic Testing
Routine screening for puppies includes fecal testing for parasites, and evaluation of liver and kidney values to ensure these systems have developed normally.
In addition to examining your new pet and providing them with vaccines and diagnostics, your veterinarian will discuss other services that could help them live a longer, healthier life, such as spaying and neutering.
Call us at (703) 729-9200 to schedule your puppy's first physical exam.