Southtowns Animal Hospital

154 Orchard Park Road
West Seneca, NY 14224

(716)824-4108

southtownsanimalhospital.com

Your Puppies 1st Year Visit Checklist

Visit # 1: 8 weeks old

  • Wellness Exam
  • Parvo/Distemper Vaccine #1- to protect against deadly viruses
  • Stool Sample- to check for intestinal parasite
  • Drontal Tablet #1- dewormer
  • Heartgard Tablet # 1- to prevent against heartworm disease                                                              

At your first visit the doctor will examine your new puppy from head to tail, this includes checking: eyes, ears, mouth, heart, gait, skin, lymph nodes, musculoskeletal, neurological responses, respiratory (lungs), gastrointestinal and urogenital via palpation. They will also review proper feeding and basic puppy care and training. The doctor will discuss their findings with you and be able to answer any questions you may have. It may be a good idea to write down any questions that may arise at home and bring them with you to your visit. Your next appointment will be in 3-4 weeks.  

Visit # 2: 12 weeks old

  • Wellness Exam
  • Parvo/Distemper Vaccine #2- to protect against deadly viruses
  • Stool Sample- to check for intestinal parasite **If you did not bring to a visit already.**
  • Drontal Tablet #2- dewormer
  • Heartgard Tablet # 2- to prevent against heartworm disease

At your second visit the doctor will examine your puppy from head to tail, this includes checking: eyes, ears, mouth, heart, gait, skin, lymph nodes, musculoskeletal, neurological responses, respiratory (lungs), gastrointestinal and urogenital via palpation. They will also review how training is going and discuss how potty training has been going. The doctor will discuss their findings with you and be able to answer any questions you may have. It may be a good idea to write down any questions that may arise at home and bring them with you to your visit. Your next appointment will be in 3-4 weeks.

Visit # 3: 16 weeks old

  • Wellness Exam
  • Parvo/Distemper Vaccine #3- to protect against deadly viruses and will be good for 1 year.
  • Rabies Vaccine- Required by NYS law, will need to register your pet with the town and be good for 1 year
  • Stool Sample- to check for intestinal parasite **If you did not bring to a visit already.**
  • Heartgard Tablet # 3- to prevent against heartworm disease, and then given monthly

At your third visit the doctor will examine your puppy from head to tail, this includes checking: eyes, ears, mouth, heart, gait, skin, lymph nodes, musculoskeletal, neurological responses, respiratory (lungs), gastrointestinal and urogenital via palpation. They will also review how training is going and discuss how potty training has been going. The doctor will discuss their findings with you and be able to answer any questions you may have. It may be a good idea to write down any questions that may arise at home and bring them with you to your visit. Your next appointment will be around 5-6 months of age for a pre-operative visit for spay or neuter.

 

                                                                                      

Visit # 4: 5-6 Months of Age

  • Pre-Operative Exam
  • Pre-Anesthetic bloodwork- to make sure your pets organs are healthy and there are no underlying issues. We want to make sure your pet can properly metabolize the anesthesia.

At your pre-op visit the doctor will examine your puppy from head to tail, this includes checking: eyes, ears, mouth, heart, gait, skin, lymph nodes, musculoskeletal, neurological responses, respiratory (lungs), gastrointestinal and urogenital areas via palpation. The doctor will do a thorough exam of the mouth and make sure all of your pets baby teeth have fallen out, if not they may discuss removing them at the time of surgery. One of the technicians or assistants will take your pet back into the treatment room to draw blood and we will run the lab work right here in the hospital. You can expect a call back from the doctor in 48 hours with the results. An itemized estimate will be presented to you to sign. The doctor will be able to ask any questions you may have. Your next appointment will be in 1-2 weeks for the spay or neuter surgery.

Visit #5: 5-6 Months of Age

  • Spay or Neuter surgery

At this visit you will bring your pet to the office at your scheduled time between 7:30a and 9:00a for admission. You will meet with a technician who will review the estimate and answer any questions you may have. They will then bring you to the front desk to leave a 50% deposit of the total cost. You can feel free to call throughout the day to get an update on how your puppy is doing. The doctor should call you when the procedure is done. Your pet may be scheduled for the procedure anytime from late morning to late afternoon. There are multiple surgeries scheduled for the day and they are scheduled at different times throughout the day. Your puppy will usually go home between 5:30p-7:30p which you will set up with the receptionist a few hours after the surgery is complete. We want to make sure your pet is is able to stand and walk without assistance before we send them home. When you pick your puppy up, you will meet with a technician to go over all post-operative and at home instructions. Your next appointment will be in 2 weeks for a follow up from surgery with a technician.

Visit # 6: 2 Weeks Post Op:

  • Surgical Follow up Exam with a Technician- Complementary, at no cost to the client

At this visit you will meet with a technician who will take a look at the incision site and make sure it is completely healed and there are no issues that have arose. They will be able to answer any questions you may have at this time as well.

Prevention is the key to protection!

We highly recommend that your pet be on heartworm and flea/tick preventative year round. For the first several months while they are growing we can fill the preventative on a monthly basis while keeping an eye on the weight and growth. After 6-12 months. You can purchase it for 6 to 12 months at a time. At their 1 year visit we will do a heartworm test which is a blood draw that they will get yearly to make sure they have not contracted the disease, at that time we can fill the medication for you.

Additional vaccines that we highly recommend are the leptospirosis, the series of 2 shots 3-4 weeks apart can be started at 12 weeks of age. Also the Bordetella vaccine which is given intranasally and can be given as early as 8 weeks of age. Please call with any further questions