Essentials for A Puppy

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Preparing for a Puppy

There are few things more exciting than bringing home an adorable, fluffy little puppy, but raising a pup is not all treats and play times. Puppies need a lot of care by veterinarians to keep them safe from common illnesses. Luckily, if you are in the Canton, GA, area, we have got you covered.

The Basic Pet Exam

When you first bring your puppy home, it is a good idea to have a basic pet exam done by a qualified veterinarian. This can help you identify any existing problems or potential issues, but it also lets you talk to your veterinarian about general puppy help. You can discuss your puppy's nutrition, safe socialization, and numerous other concerns. Your vet may not have all the answers, but they can probably point you in the right direction.


Puppies are at high risk of many diseases, so vaccinations are essential. Puppies also usually need a series of boosters for full immunity. The exact vaccinations your veterinarian will recommend depend on your puppy's age and your lifestyle, but basics tend to include parvovirus, distemper, and rabies. Optional vaccines include Bordetella, leptospirosis and Lyme disease. 

Typically, these vaccinations begin when the puppy is six to eight weeks old, and they are given approximately once a month until the puppy is 16 to 18 weeks old. Your Canton, GA, veterinarian can help you figure out the right schedule for your pup.

Spay and Neuter

Most puppies also benefit from spay and neuter surgery. It can have numerous benefits, including reducing the risk of pyometra and mammary cancer in female dogs and reducing marking and other undesirable behavior in male dogs. Deciding on the exact age to spay or neuter your dog can be determined by many different factors, but we work to keep them safe and comfortable no matter what.

Your Canton, GA, Puppy Experts

At Acres Mill Veterinary Clinic, we know every situation is different. We will treat your puppy with care and compassion while working to create an individualized care plan. Give us a call today for all your puppy care needs.


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