Wednesday, July 16, 2014

• Weigh puppy (for a base weight to compare to over time).
• Listen to heart and lungs for pulse and breathing rate and heart or lung abnormalities.
• Feel puppy’s belly to check internal organs.
• Take temperature—normal is 100°F to 102.5°F. (Ask the vet to show you how to use a rectal thermometer, so you can do this if your puppy is ever feeling under the weather.)
• Check male’s testicles to be sure two testicles are present and descended; inany case, discuss when/if neutering is planned.
.• Check female’s genitals for discharge or other signs of infection.
• Check skin, eyes, ears, anal region for normalcy and good health.
• Check mouth for signs that teeth and gums are healthy.
• Vaccinate depending on what puppy has already received.

• Start heartworm preventive tablets
Copyright © Tracie Hotchner – Originally appeared in The Dog Bible: Everything Your Dog Wants You to Know by Tracie Hotchner

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