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Boerboel puppy

Your Boerboel puppy will arrive at your home in a healthy state, ready to befriend you and your family. The sooner you visit the veterinarian with your new pet though, the better. Puppies should be immunized at an early age and you will receive an immunization certificate, stating your puppy's immunization history, when you receive your new pet. Your veterinarian will continue your puppy's vaccination schedule and will advise you when boosters are necessary. Make sure your dog gets a regular veterinary checkup every six months.

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You should know what to expect when you take your pet for a veterinary appointment. Some of the common tests your veterinarian may want to perform include fecal examinations, to check for internal parasites and blood tests, to check for serious diseases.

During the physical examination, your veterinarian will feel your puppy's abdomen, listen to the chest for heart and breathing sounds, check the condition of the coat, look in the ears for infection and ear mites, examine the eyes to make sure they are clear and free of disease, and inspect the mouth for signs of tartar buildup and gum disease. Your veterinarian will also ask you if you've noticed any problems lately with your pet's health or if your puppy has been exposed to other dogs with diseases.

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To help you answer your veterinarian's questions, you need to know what's normal. This will help you when you talk to your veterinarian about any problems or concerns.

Eyes
Your puppy's eyes should be bright and clear. Any discharge collecting in the corners should be wipe away, using cotton balls soaked in warm water. Also, look for lumps or masses on the lids. Report any abnormalities to your veterinarian.

Ears
Your puppy's ears should be clean in appearance and free of discharge and odor. Routine cleaning of the ears, when necessary, may cautiously be accomplished by using cotton balls moistened in water. (Do not use swab sticks.) Ear mites, which are very tiny parasites, cause a black discharge and scratching, and are common in dogs and cats. Veterinary treatment is required to eliminate ear mites. Some breeds, such as poodles, spaniels and setters, have hair in the ear canal that needs to be trimmed or pulled. Neglect of any inflammation or infection of the ear may lead to a chronic, progressive disease which can result in pain and hearing loss.

Nose
Your puppy's nose should be clean and wet without discharge or sores.

Mouth
Examine your puppy's mouth periodically. The gums should be pink and healthy. Have your pet's teeth examined and cleaned by your veterinarian every six months to a year. As in humans, tartar buildup can lead to gum disease and teeth loss. Check the lips for sores or growths.

Body/Coat
Feel your puppy's body for tumors, lumps and ticks by running your hands over its coat. Ruffling your hand against the hair will disclose fleas, dandruff and dirt. If your pet's coat is matted, remove the mats by using a small comb.

Legs/Feet
Inspect your puppy's legs for swollen joints by running your hands down the legs. Check for hair and objects between the toes and check the condition of the nails.

Anus
Examine your puppy's anus for possible infection (swelling) and intestinal parasites. Tapeworm segments look like rice particles. Both conditions need a veterinarian's care. Vaccinations will be given during routine veterinary visits, if needed, and your puppy will be weighed to make sure it's at an ideal weight.

Don't be afraid to ask your veterinarian questions you have about your pet's health or care at this time.Your veterinarian is your best source of information. You can rely on your veterinarian to maintain records of your dog's health and to send you reminders when checkups are due, but you also should keep track of this information along with any changes in your pet's health.

 

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