Dogs have been humanity’s finest companions for many millennia. A canine friend is completely loyal and doesn’t ask for much in return. But if dogs are man’s best friend, puppies are the best of the best! There’s nothing quite like welcoming an adorable, cuddly, and playful puppy into your new home.


At Normandale Vet Hospital in Edina, we love seeing families bring new animal friends into their homes, and we’re here to make sure they’re safe and healthy when you need us. After all, a healthy puppy is a happy puppy! That’s why we’ve put together this post to talk about caring for your family’s new puppy. 

Welcoming a New Puppy into Your Lives

The great thing about puppies is that they’re fantastic friends no matter what walk of life they come from. Whether a new pup is a wiley rescue straight out of Lady and the Tramp or your puppy pal has a fancy pedigree and five names, it will love you just the same. But no matter where your new doggo comes from, it’s important to schedule a visit to the vet right away. We’ll establish your pup’s medical chart and begin their vaccine schedule to keep them healthy and in compliance with regulations.


We will also discuss these concerns:

●        Spaying or neutering appointment

●        Dental care

●        Parasite prevention

●        Flea and tick treatment


Puppy’s First Exam

Included in your pup’s first vet visit will be his or her first checkup. This physical exam will help us assess any issues related to diseases or illnesses that may be a problem. We’ll look for heart problems, gait concerns, skin health, and overall health. We can also identify problems from abuse in the past and help you develop a plan to put your pup on the path to healing.


If your pup’s breed or genetic influences is predisposed to certain conditions, we can discuss those with you and help you understand how they may affect your pet’s health. We’ll also examine your dog’s teeth to give you an accurate age for your pet.

Diagnostic Lab Testing

During your pup’s first check-up, the vet will more than likely perform a series of lab tests to get a sense of your dog’s overall health. He or she may perform a fecal exam to determine if your pet has any intestinal parasites. The vet may also perform electrolyte testing to make important determinations about your pet’s internal biological functions. Other tests may include radiology, blood tests, sonography, and more.


Talk to our Edina Veterinary Medical and Surgical Care Team

If you’ve recently welcomed a new pup into your family, congratulations. There’s nothing in the world quite as selfless as puppy love. At Normandale Vet Hospital, we’ll do everything we can to make sure your pet is safe and healthy for years to come.


Whether you’re in need of a first visit or you’re ready to spay your new pup, our team of veterinarians can help. Schedule your appointment by calling us at 952-831-8272 or send a message to on our contact page.