Banfield Pet Hospital – Preventive Care for Your Puppy

[Music]>>DR. WEBB Hi, I’m Dr. Webb, a veterinarian
at Banfield Pet Hospital. As your partner in pet care, it’s our goal
to help you keep your pet healthy and happy. Today we’re going to share some information
with you about your puppy’s first year of life. Preventive health care, throughout their lifetime
is one of the best gifts you can give your pet.>>NARRATOR: Preventive healthcare for your
puppy begins with good daily nutrition. Your Banfield veterinarian can recommend the
best feeding practices and food for your pet, including foods formulated for certain breeds
and those susceptible to certain health conditions. Vaccines are a crucial part of preventive
care, as they help protect your puppy from certain deadly diseases. Ideally, vaccinations are begun in healthy
puppies when they’re between six and eight weeks old. Your Banfield veterinarian will explain which
vaccines are necessary and which are optional, and talk about a vaccine schedule that’s best
for your pet.>>DR. WEBB: One of the best things you can
do for your pet’s well-being is to spay or neuter them. We recommend your female dog be spayed or
your male dog be neutered by the time they’re six months old. Spaying prevents unwanted pregnancies and
decreases the likelihood of infections and cancer of the reproductive system. And, when the spay is performed before the
first heat cycle, it decreases the chance for breast cancer. Neutering, or castration, prevents testicular
cancer and reduces the risk of prostate cancer. Neutering also helps keep male dogs from being
agitated around female dogs and eliminates their hormonal drive to reproduce. After neutering, you might notice that your
dog will roam less, decreasing your pet’s chances of becoming
lost, struck by a car or involved in territorial
fights on another dog’s turf.>>NARRATOR: Your puppy’s skin and coat provide
an important gauge of overall health. It’s a good idea to regularly groom your pet, including brushing, bathing, examining the coat, paws and pads, and having the anal glands expressed. Thanks for listening. Remember, you know your pet best. And we know how to help you keep them healthy. For more information on this and other pet
healthcare topics, visit [Music]

One thought on “Banfield Pet Hospital – Preventive Care for Your Puppy

  1. just watched the video, thought it would be good to mention that if it is true that neutering decreases the risk of prostatic problems in dogs like benign prostatic hyperplasia (which is from far the most common prostatic problem encountered in dogs), it does not decrease the risk for prostate cancer. Fortunately prostate cancer is pretty rare, but it is more often found in neutered male dogs since this disease is not related to testosterone impregnation in dogs.

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