Puppy Care

A puppy can often make a wonderful addition to a family. Not only can these pets help bring joy to everyone that is around them, but they can also quickly become a part of the family. Taking care of a puppy can often have its own challenges – ranging from health issues to behavioral problems. In most circumstances, a new puppy should be checked for infectious diseases within 48 hours. During this period, they should also be quarantined from other animals within the house until cleared for socialization.

Golden retriever puppy

Comprehensive Care for Puppies

Puppies are very susceptible to a wide variety of illnesses if they are not old enough to receive vaccinations, including Parvovirus, Giardia, intestinal parasites, and much more. If a puppy is whimpering, refuses food, or shows other signs of a problem, it is crucial to seek veterinary care as soon as possible for the best outcome. This can help limit the chances of severe side effects or fatal consequences from occurring. At Advanced Care Veterinary Hospital, we understand how important it is for new pet owners to have the resources and support needed to give a puppy a great start in life. That is why we work to create lifelong partnerships with pet owners and their pets.

  • Vaccinations

    Puppies require a range of different vaccines to ensure their health remains intact. Although some puppies may have problems tolerating the effects of some vaccines, our staff works diligently to ensure the puppy is evaluated thoroughly to pinpoint potential issues before a vaccine is administered. Vaccine schedules are unique to each puppy, so it is vital to work with a veterinarian to create an appropriate vaccination plan for your puppy.

  • Parasite Treatment and Prevention

    Unfortunately, puppies are susceptible to various parasites passed down to them through their mother, infected food, or another pet’s feces. When these parasites are not treated, they can often cause long-term health problems for the puppy. A thorough examination from a veterinarian can help determine if a dewormer is needed. In addition to this, tests are available for any other parasite treatments required for the puppy to have optimal health.

Puppy getting a vaccine
Happy Labrador retriever puppy
  • Nutrition Planning

    To develop properly and grow at a healthy rate, puppies will need a specialized nutrition plan that meets their needs as a breed. This not only ensures that they are receiving the nutrients needed to grow into a healthy adult dog, but it also helps eliminate diet-related concerns that could occur in the future. Before you settle for a new food choice for your puppy, consult your veterinarian to determine if it is a good fit and whether or not it will provide the nutrients and support the puppy needs.

  • Wellness Exams

    There is nothing sadder than a sick puppy. This is one of the reasons that a wellness exam is so critical within the first 48 hours of bringing the puppy home. During a wellness exam, your veterinarian will complete a thorough health profile of the puppy and look for hidden illnesses or parasites. After the first wellness exam is conducted, the veterinarian may recommend a follow-up visit every 5 to 6 months until the puppy has been vaccinated and has developed a stronger immune response.

  • Spay or Neuter

    Many puppies are adopted at an early age. This typically means that they are not spayed or neutered – a responsibility that the pet’s owner will need to consider in the future. In many cases, the procedure should be scheduled around the five to six month age; however, other factors could delay the process. This is a great thing to discuss with your veterinarian during an initial wellness exam.

    Watching a puppy explore a new environment can be highly entertaining. Although, it can be easy for new pet owners to forget that these small animals need care and attention to remain healthy. New puppies will depend on their owner in the same ways they would rely on their biological mother. Make sure you are giving them the support they need by keeping regular veterinarian care a priority.

puppy dog asleep in the arms of veterinary

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Why Choose Advanced Care for Puppy Care?

Advanced Care is more than just a primary care hospital. Our patients and clients are special to us and are the reason why we always treat everyone who comes to visit as another member of our family each and every time they walk in our doors. We do not treat every patient the same because we understand that each one requires individualized care and attention.

Welsh Corgi sitting outdoor

Meet Our Doctors

Jennifer Patton


Dr. Patton’s decision to pursue veterinary medicine came after she realized that while education and teaching is her passion, it is not something she could do as a career. Veterinary medicine allowed her to combine her love of animals with her love of teaching.

After she graduated from Oklahoma State University with her Doctorate, she practiced in several high volume hospitals in the Tulsa area, developing medical skills with varied case loads and growing her leadership skills.


Allissa Huckabay


Dr. Huckabay’s love of science and animals naturally led her to a lifelong passion of veterinary medicine. She worked and volunteered at a local veterinary hospital before she furthered her education at Oklahoma State University, graduating in 2016 with her Doctorate.

Dr Huckabay immediately found her home at ACVH, where she is able to create a healthy bond with each of her patients as she experiences all stages of their care with their owners.


Phillip Adolph

Phillip Adolph, DVM is a graduate of Oklahoma State University Veterinary Health Sciences. He also attended OSU for his undergraduate studies where he graduated with a Bachelors of Arts and Sciences in Agriculture through the College of Animal Sciences. Dr. Adolph was on the President’s Honor Roll and was a member of the OSU jazz orchestra. He joined the Advanced Care team immediately upon his graduation in 2019 after doing 6 weeks of externships during his 4th year of veterinary school.