Once you get your new puppy or dog, Veterinarian Dr. Richard Fujie, from the King Street Pet Hospital, believes you should take it to a veterinarian soon after. He said it's important for them to get a healthy start and for the owner to know what problems they could face. As his model, Dr. Fujie brought in a 7-week-old purebred dachshund that is for sale. If you are interested, you should call his office for details at 808.951.7777.
Here is some of the advice that he had to offer today:
Q - Why should you take your new puppy or dog to a veterinarian?
A - The Veterinarian will do an adoption or purchase exam to make sure that your new puppy or dog is free of parasites, has no congenital diseases and to start them on preventative medical care. I recommend that you take your new puppy or dog to a vet within 48 hours of obtaining him because most people will become very attached and no matter what we find, they will keep the pet. I also recommend that puppies should be adopted at about 10 to 12 weeks of age. Many breeders will send the puppies to their new homes at 7 to 8 weeks of age, but those few extra weeks with the mother and litter will help the puppy learn to socialize.
Q - What types of parasites are you checking for?
A - Along with fleas and ticks, we do a stool sample parasite check. We are primarily looking for intestinal worms and protozoan parasites such as Giardia and Coccidia. Roundworms and hookworms are also common, especially in puppies. Roundworms can be 5 inches long and live in dogs' small intestines. This parasite can be transmitted to humans and in rare cases cause blindness. Most heartworm prevention medication will prevent roundworms and hookworms. We provide samples of these preventatives to start your puppy on a life that is parasite free.
Q- What other things do you look for during the exam?
A - We check for congenital diseases such as heart murmurs and dental malocclusion, hip dysplasia, medial patellar luxation, hernias, cataracts and more. We also advise micro-chipping your new puppy, in case it gets lost.
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