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New Puppy, Now What?

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Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic Offers New Puppy Tips

A new puppy in the household is a cause for celebration, and it’s also a time to consider the special needs of your new pet. With a few tips, you can ensure your puppy gets a good start. At Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic in Lewistown, PA, and Juniata Veterinary Clinic in Mifflintown, PA, we provide vet care for puppies to help them grow strong and stay healthy.

Puppy Nutrition

Your puppy should be given a good quality commercial puppy food for the first year of life. Puppies generally eat four times a day until 12 weeks of age, three times each day until six months of age, and then two times each day until they reach one year of age. After one year, one meal daily is sufficient.

Safety for Your New Puppy

Check your home for safety hazards, such as electrical cords that can be chewed, doors that don’t fully close that could let your puppy escape or other hazards that could cause an injury.

Basic Training for Your New Puppy

Housebreaking training should begin as soon as you bring your puppy home. Take your pet out as soon as you wake up in the morning, after meals, after naps, after playtime, and before bedtime. You can also start teaching basic commands, such as “come,” “sit,” “stay,” and “down.”

Veterinary Care for Puppies

Vaccinations are especially important for puppies because their immune systems are not fully developed. Our veterinarian can advise you on nutrition, flea & tick prevention, heartworm prevention, and other aspects of dog care and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your new pet.

Make Us Your Clinic for Puppy Veterinary Care

Dr. Parks, Dr. Fry, Dr. Ehrisman, Dr. Lock, and Dr. Sath combine their many years of experience with animals to provide the highest quality care for their patients in Lewistown, Mifflintown, and nearby communities. Call the Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic location at (717) 248-4703 or the Juniata Veterinary Clinic location at (717) 436-9790 for an appointment with one of our veterinarians to have your new puppy checked.

What concerns do you have about the health or behavior of your new puppy?

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Pleasant View Veterinary Clinic

Monday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

8:00 am-7:00 pm

Friday:

8:00 am-5:00 pm

Saturday:

8:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Juniata Veterinary Clinic

Monday:

8:00 am-12:00 am

Tuesday:

8:00 am-12:00 am

Wednesday:

8:00 am-12:00 am

Thursday:

8:00 am-12:00 am

Friday:

8:00 am-12:00 am

Saturday:

11:00 am-12:00 am

Sunday:

11:00 am-12:00 am