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Health Checkups: Keeping Your Furrylicious® Puppy Fit in NJ


Wondering how to keep your Furrylicious little buddy fit and healthy? Living in New Jersey, we are privileged to have access to an array of top-quality veterinary services, plentiful grooming, doggy day care and pet sitting and walking providers, and ideal pet-friendly locations, and activities. That being said, nothing beats a regular health checkup to ensure your puppy’s optimal fitness. Let’s explore in more detail.

Why Regular Health Checkups are Vital

As the saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure,” the same applies to our little furry friends. Regular health checkups aid in the early detection of potential health issues, ensuring swift intervention and remedy. And starting your pet off right with their puppy wellness visit within 14 days of “take-home” day is the most important first step.

The Importance of Vaccinations

The immunity provided by a mother’s milk wears off pretty quickly, making vaccinations an essential component in your puppy’s health care plan. Vaccinations shield your dog against various fatal diseases such as distemper, leptospirosis, and parvovirus among others. And while vaccinations do not guarantee your dog won’t get such diseases, just like Covid or flu shots, they provide the best protections to prevent them and also to insure a swift recovery.

What to Expect in A Checkup

Typically, a comprehensive puppy checkup includes a nose to tail physical examination, lab-testing, parasite screening (a fecal sample is typically tested), and a careful eye & dental review.

Physical Examination

A complete physical exam checks your puppy’s general health and development. The veterinarian evaluates everything from the eyes, ears, and mouth to the heart, lungs, joints and abdomen.


Lab tests often include complete blood count, parasite tests, and other screenings necessary for the early detection of diseases.

Health Tips for Your Furrylicious Friend

In addition to visits to the vet, there are other ways you can help keep your Furrylicious friend in top shape.

  1. Provide a healthy and balanced diet and avoid too many snacks and human food (this will also prevent your pup from begging incessantly at mealtime!).
  2. Ensure regular exercise through walks or play sessions – this has proven to also help keep you in better health!
  3. Keep up with grooming. Regular brushing and occasional professional grooming helps keep your puppy’s coat in good condition and is a great way for you to check for any abnormalities.
  4. Provide mental stimulation. Mental exercises are as important as physical ones for your puppy’s development.


Q: How often should I take my puppy for a checkup?

A: Puppies require several visits during their first year for vaccines. Once they reach adulthood, annual visits are usually sufficient unless there are other health concerns.

Q: What vaccinations does my puppy need?

A: Generally, puppies require core vaccines such as distemper, Bordetella, adenovirus, parvovirus, and rabies.

In Conclusion

Regular health checkups are key to raising a healthy and happy Furrylicious puppy in New Jersey. Remember that frequent veterinary visits are vital during your puppy’s first year. As they grow, stay attentive to any behavior or physical changes, as these could indicate potential health problems. Usually annual vet visits are sufficient for your adult dog. Here’s to many great years ahead with your healthy, fully vetted Furrylicious friend!