Hunter Animal Hospital
Hunter Animal Hospital Hunter Animal Hospital Monday - Friday 8AM - 5:30PM
Saturday 8AM - 12:30PM
Sunday & Major Holidays Closed
5246 W. 3500 S.
West Valley City, UT 84120
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Hunter Animal Hospital

Puppy Care

All of us at Hunter Animal Hospital just love puppies and we can’t wait to meet your new puppy! Please bring your puppy in for an exam as soon as possible to establish a relationship with us. We encourage you to be involved in decisions regarding your puppy’s health care, and together we will make sure your puppy receives everything he or she needs to grow up healthy and strong.

Your Puppy’s First Visit

During your puppy’s initial visit, we will perform a comprehensive examination to detect if your puppy has any potential health issues. Puppies need a series of vaccinations in the first year of life to protect them from preventable dangerous diseases, and we will develop a vaccination schedule that fits your puppy’s expected lifestyle. We will address any questions you have concerning care for your pet, such as diet and nutrition, behavioral issues, or potty training.

Your puppy’s first visit with us will include: 

  • A comprehensive physical exam.
  • Intestinal parasite deworming.
  • Development of a vaccination program based on your puppy’s lifestyle.
  • Heartworm prevention.
  • Recommendations for controlling and preventing external parasites such as fleas and ticks if needed.
  • Behavior and housetraining recommendations.
  • Nutritional counseling.

Dental Care for Your Puppy

During your puppy’ss wellness visit, we will discuss proactive dental care with you and show you how to gradually start brushing your puppy’s teeth. Over time, they will get used to teeth brushing and even look forward to having their teeth brushed at home on a regular basis.

We ask that you bring the health information provided to you by the seller or shelter on your first visit with us, which should include a previous history of vaccines and deworming, as well as a fresh stool sample.

Please Watch Your Puppy Carefully!

Puppies are vulnerable and are prone to accidental injury. Please be alert to the following symptoms, which may be signs that your puppy needs immediate care:

  • Respiratory problems: persistent coughing, shortness of breath, labored breathing, shallow breathing, or excessively rapid or slow breathing.
  • Signs of pain: panting, labored breathing, increased body temperature, lethargy, hiding, restlessness, loss of appetite, reacting aggressively when touched or approached, crying.
  • Persistent vomiting or diarrhea.
  • A wound or laceration that's open and bleeding.
  • Animal bites.
  • Allergic reactions, such as swelling around the face, hives, or severe itchiness.
  • An eye injury, no matter how mild.
  • Seizure, fainting, or collapse, difficulty standing or getting up, “blank stare”, disorientation.
  • Exposure to extreme cold or heat, even if the dog seems to have recovered.
  • Trauma such as getting hit by a vehicle or falling, even if the dog does not appear to have been physically harmed.
  • Suspected poisoning, including ingestion of antifreeze, rodent or snail bait, or human drugs or medications.

Please call today to schedule an appointment for us to meet your new puppy!