Your new puppy is here! The first thing on your to-do list is to find compassionate and experienced veterinary care. Look no further than Edina, Minnesota based Normandale Veterinary Hospital. Our facility has been providing personalized and comprehensive pet care for over 45 years throughout the Southern Twin Cities area. Our extensive laboratory, radiology, surgery, dentistry and pharmacy services provide you with one-stop specialized and general care for all your puppy’s needs.
Whether your puppy is from an experienced breeder or a rescue dog, you need to take him or her to the vet as soon as possible. Things you will want to discuss right away are spaying/neutering, disease and illness diagnostics, and a vaccine schedule. Your initial veterinary visit is also necessary to ensure your pup gets the appropriate county rabies tags and registration to keep compliant with local laws.
Physical Exam and General Care
The first thing your vet will want to perform is a physical exam. An exam is critical as there are many problems your vet can find just by looking your pooch over. Often skin infections, heart murmurs, previous abuse, poor gait, parasites, and dental issues are only discovered during a physical exam. Your doc will also clue you into common conditions that come with the breed or breeds of your dog. You can find out skin conditions, hip, eye and other congenital issues familiar with your puppy’s genetics. You will also get a more accurate age and breed information that may not have known previously.
On your first visit to the vet, your doctor will go over a recommended vaccination schedule for your new puppy. There have been many advances in pet vaccines in the past ten years. These innovations mean your dog will receive protection against most significant infections and deadly diseases. Initial vaccines for your pup are given at eight weeks of age, and then on a schedule until your dog is approximately sixteen weeks old. During your initial exam, your vet will recommend regular vaccination boosters performed at later times. Each visit to the vet you will find that the staff will already know when it’s time for certain vaccines or medications, so you don’t have to keep track at home.
Diagnostics and Treatment Plans
You will find getting a new puppy is one of the most exciting days of your life. When your pup goes to the vet for the first time, your doctor will typically want to perform a variety of tests including:
● Electrolyte testing to examine the health of internal organs.
● Fecal exam to identify intestinal parasites.
● Blood tests to screen for heartworms or other medical conditions.
● Implementing prevention and treatment plans for fleas and ticks.
With more advanced technology like sonography, radiology, pharmacy, and laboratory facilities, your vet can perform more in-depth testing for diagnosing suspected severe conditions identified by the physical exam.
Spaying and Neutering Procedures
With nearly 5 million dogs and cats euthanized each year due to overpopulation, it’s not only socially responsible to spay and neuter your pet - it can also drastically improve your pet’s health and life expectancy. Sterilized pets live longer healthier lives. Spaying eliminates uterine and ovarian cancer and reduces the risk of breast cancer in females. Neutered pets minimize prostate risks and eradicate testicular cancer while making your pet more affectionate and less aggressive.
Looking For Professional Veterinary Care in Edina, Minnesota?
Normandale Veterinary Hospital strives to provide the highest quality general, medical, and surgical care for your pet. We have a caring attitude and friendly, knowledgeable staff to help keep your pet happy, healthy, and safe. We have a stellar reputation and experience serving the pets of Edina, Bloomington, Eden Prairie, Richfield and Saint Louis Park for over 45 years. We provide a compassionate staff and a full range of surgical procedures for your pet. We also accept CareCredit for your convenience. To schedule an appointment today call us at (952) 831-8272, or you can message us on our contact page.