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Woodbine Animal Clinic

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Bringing a New Dog Home

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Ensure your home and essentials are ready before bringing your new puppy home. Select a variety of toys to discourage chewing on furniture and personal belongings. Necessary items include appropriately sized metal or ceramic bowls, collar and leash, and puppy pads. Consider crate training with a properly sized crate. Opt for size-adjustable crates to accommodate your puppy's growth. Keep harmful items out of reach. Schedule a vet visit with us for a thorough examination, deworming, vaccinations, and diet discussion.

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At your puppy’s first visit, we ask that you bring any history the breeder or shelter may have provided you with, as well as a fecal sample so we can test for parasites. Your puppy will have 3 vaccine visits by the time they are 16 weeks old. This will ensure they are fully vaccinated and protected against harmful dog diseases found in Ontario.

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Timeline of your Puppy's First Year (PDF)