New Puppy Information
Congratulations on your new puppy! Thank you for choosing Amarillo Vet Clinic to help protect and care for your new addition to your family.
Our puppy wellness program is designed to help get your puppy started on the right path to a long and healthy life. The first few months are a critical period in your puppy’s development, and we can give you the support and tools necessary to help him or her grow into a well-mannered, healthy dog, including information and advice on nutrition, training, behavior, and socialization.
We perform nose to tail comprehensive physical examinations on every patient, from newborn puppies to elderly seniors in order to monitor their lifelong health. The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recommends annual wellness exams at a minimum and as your pet ages
Vaccinating your puppy is very important. Vaccines need to be given on time and with the appropriate boosters. Vaccines prevent diseases including Rabies, Parvo virus, Distemper, Coronavirus, Leptospirosis, and Infectious Tracheobronchitis (kennel cough).
- Rabies: is transmitted by a virus and is one of the most devastating diseases affection mammals, including dogs and humans. There is no treatment for a dog with rabies.
- Parvo: This too is a virus and is found in the environment. No direct contact with an infected dog is needed to contract this disease. The clinical signs and symptoms of Parvo can vary, but generally they include severe vomiting and diarrhea. The diarrhea often has a very strong smell, may consist of mucus, sloughing tissue, very little fecal matter, and may or may not contain blood. Additionally, affected dogs often exhibit a lack of appetite, depression, and occasionally fever. It is important to note that many dogs may not show every clinical sign, but vomiting and diarrhea are the most common initial signs. They can also be retaining the virus in their stomach lining as well. Signs occur rapidly – one day the pet feels normal and the next day may exhibit vomiting and diarrhea. Parvo may affect unvaccinated dogs of all ages, but most common in dogs less than one year of age. Puppies less than six months of age are at higher risk due to not having a fully developed immune system.
- Distemper: Distemper is a highly contagious viral disease of domestic dogs and other animals. As with all infectious diseases, clinical signs can vary. The main signs are diarrhea, vomiting, a thick yellow discharge from the eyes and nose, cough, cracking pads, and eventually seizures and neurological signs. Dogs that recover from the disease are often left with persistent nervous muscle twitches and recurrent seizures.
- Leptospirosis: Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease of domestic dogs and other mammals that particularly affects the liver and/or kidneys. Lepto is carried mainly by rats, squirrels, and raccoons. Outdoor exposure in a well-developed neighborhood is still possible from wild animals. Common symptoms include lethargy, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice, and hemorrhages in the mouth and eyes.
- Infectious Tracheobronchitis (kennel cough): Kennel cough is a broad term covering any infectious or contagious condition of dogs where coughing is a feature. Several viruses and bacteria can be involved. Clinical signs are quite variable. It is often a mild disease, but the cough may be chronic. Signs include runny eyes and nose, swollen tonsils, wheezing respiration, lack of appetite and depressed behavior. It is sometimes recommended to give a booster dose, particularly of Bordetella vaccine, shortly before a scheduled period in kennels and every six months to 1 year (depending on type of vaccine) to ensure maximum protection against this troublesome infection.
We look forward to meeting your new puppy!
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