Puppy Veterinary Care

Getting a Good Start and Prevent Problems

If a Doberman puppy owner was careful and diligent in finding a quality breeder, he likely has a healthy puppy already on a thorough veterinary care plan. The breeder will provide proof of vaccination, worming, and whatever other veterinary care the puppy has received.

Before bringing a Doberman puppy home, you should have already found a primary care veterinarian experienced with the Doberman and have made an appointment. The first appointment will primarily be for testing and planning, so be sure to bring all veterinary records received from the breeder. Also important to bring is a stool sample. Most veterinary clinics will have a stool sample kit you can pick up before your appointment.

During the first veterinary appointment your puppy is usually small enough to carry, so carry him. Don’t set him down and don’t let him touch anything. At this point your puppy is extremely vulnerable to pathogens and if he gets sick, it will be from germs at the veterinary clinic.

With my puppies, I hold them the entire time except when they are being examined on the table. For this, I bring a towel for the puppy to stand on, then throw it away before leaving.

A good practice is to carry your Doberman puppy at the veterinary office as long as you are physically able. For some people this can be difficult even for a new puppy. For this person it is wise to find the assistance of someone who is able to secure the puppy in his arms for the entire appointment. 

Don’t feel embarrassed or rued taking such precautions. I promise, if you neglect these precautions and your puppy gets sick, you will wish you had been ten times as cautious.

Veterinary care varies in different regions and is administered differently by different veterinarians. The puppy’s first appointment will include an examination of all his puppy parts, including palpating the abdomen, listening to the heart and lungs, inspection of the mouth, and examination of the inner ear and eyes. Also, blood is usually drawn and tested and the stool sample you brought in is tested.

It’s common to find parasites in even the healthiest puppies, so don’t worry if they are found. If they are, the veterinarian will likely administer remedies. Often, parasite remedies are administered just in case. Depending on the care regiment you and your veterinarian choose, your puppy may get another vaccination in his series and be started on parasite preventatives.

This is a good time to ask questions. I always like to make a list of questions to have on hand because I always forget a few. You can also discuss long term care options such as diet, supplementation, and ear cropping, as well as the veterinarian’s capabilities with regard to catching certain non-preventable genetic abnormalities of the heart, thyroid, and skeletal system.

Before leaving, you should have a thorough outline of the puppy’s vaccination and prevention schedule. This schedule should be followed closely.