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Puppy Care

Healthy Start Puppy Care

You have added a new puppy to your household! Congratulations. A puppy brings so much joy, fun and love into a home, but with that comes great responsibility. Let’s get your new baby off to a great start. During your first visit, your puppy will receive a sample of puppy food appropriate for your specific puppy, free heartworm medication, free flea medication, brochures on puppy care, an examination, appropriate vaccinations for your puppy, testing for parasites and appropriate treatment and all the information you could want on puppy care.

Healthy Start Puppy Examination

As soon as possible (preferably within the first 48 hours) we need to meet your puppy in person. We will perform a complete nose to tail examination. We will give your pup appropriate vaccinations, set up a vaccination schedule, check your pup for parasites and treat, start your baby on heartworm and flea medication, and advise you on behavioral aspects of puppyhood. Your pup may be perfectly healthy or come with some conditions that are easily remedied. Hopefully we will not find any serious genetic issues that may cause lifetime problems.

You may notice that we approach your puppy’s examination in a different way than you may have experienced in the past. Calming pheromones, special calming music, and plenty of treats will be used. Because we are concerned with not only your puppy’s physical health, but also his emotional and mental health, we want the veterinary experience to be as Fear Free as possible so that future visits are pleasant for you and your pet. That is why we chose to undergo the rigorous training and inspection to become a Fear Free Certified Hospital, the second in the country and the first in Louisiana. We know you will like this approach to pet care.


Puppies, like human babies, need a series of vaccinations over time in order to prevent certain diseases. We will advise you on necessary vaccinations and set up a schedule based on your individual puppy and your lifestyle. Your puppy is an individual and needs customized care.


Parasites (both internal like intestinal worms and heartworms) and external (like fleas , mites, and mites) are a common puppy problem and can be life threatening. Certain parasites can also spread from your new pup to family member. Our goal in this area is to keep both you and your puppy healthy.


Puppies bring happiness and sometimes aggravation to your household. Proper puppy training will increase the former and reduce the later.

The most important thing about training is consistency. We all want our puppy to be house trained but some members of the family may envision the pup in bed with them, while others think all four paws should stay firmly on the floor. Your household needs to make sure you are united on your goals so we have a happy, well adjusted puppy, not a confused, anxious one.


Puppies have very little bowel and bladder control initially and need to go out frequently. Every 2 hours and immediately after waking, eating or playing is good. Puppies should be praised when they potty appropriately. They may also be trained to “go” when a certain cue word is used, like “do your business,” or “go potty.”

Much of potty training is training yourself to help your baby get out often and recognizing your puppy’s body language.

Punishment has no place in potty training or in any other training. When you bring your puppy in, we will give you additional information on potty training.

Crate Training

Crate training is an essential part of puppy training. The crate should be a happy, safe place for your pup, not a place for punishment. Your pup should not be expected to spend many hours in the crate, but it is a useful tool, especially in south Louisiana, where a properly crate trained dog will make those hopefully rare evacuations safer and more peaceful for the all. Keep toys in the crate and reward you pet for going in with treats or toys.


All pups need to learn such things as sit, down, and stay to make life pleasant for everyone. A puppy who knows what to expect is a happier pup, whereas a lack of understanding of what this two legged creatures want can lead to either a wild dog or an anxious dog. All training should be positive. Remember, Positive is not the same as Permissive.

When working with your pup or when choosing a class, look for one that uses only positive methods. We want our dogs to obey because they respect us, not because they fear us.

Negative training increases the likelihood of anxiety and anxious dogs frequently bite. Let’s start off correctly.

Using Calming Pheromones

We will recommend that you use an Adaptil collar, spray or diffuser for your new pup. Adaptil contains a pheromone (a natural chemical produced by animals that affects other animals of the same species in a predictable way) produced by nursing mother dogs that is calming. All the changes your puppy deals with in adjusting to your home can cause stress and this is one way to make the adjustment easier.

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