Puppy wellness focuses on getting your new family member started on a preventive care program to benefit your puppy throughout his/her life. Included in these services are a series of examinations and vaccinations including distemper, parvovirus, bordatella, and rabies. A fecal sample will be tested for worms and your puppy will be treated for roundworms, the most common intestinal worm found in puppies. Roundworms can cause gastrointestinal signs such as vomiting and/or diarrhea. They can also be transmitted to humans which makes them a threat especially for small children. There are other parasites that can cause similar symptoms and can even cause your puppy to become anemic (low red blood cell count). Performing a fecal test will allow us to treat your puppy accordingly. Although some worms are visible to the naked eye, most worms are diagnosed by examining the stool of your puppy microscopically. We will also help you with controlling fleas on your puppy and in your home and starting your puppy on a heartworm preventive. For a small puppy, fleas can be especially dangerous and must be controlled for your pup’s optimal health. Heartworms are transmitted by infected mosquitoes and can be fatal if contracted. Thankfully, there are now wonderful all-in-one monthly preventive medications available that protect against fleas, heartworms and intestinal parasites! We will also address important topics such as nutrition and behavior to get you and your puppy off to the best start possible.