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New dog owner - vet question

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we adopted a 11 week-old puppy a couple of weeks ago and went to a vet with her this past week for a puppy exam.

I did not feel very comfortable after leaving. First off, they did a fecal test and found out that she has worms. We were given some pills for her and they also told us to start her on heartworm prevention, gave us a 1-month free sample of Sentinel.
I did some research and found out that you should not start your dog on heartworm prevention until the dog was tested for it. They did not test her though and still told us to start the pills. :confused:
We did not give her the pill yet and are thinking about switching to another vet.
Another thing is that the technician was talking to us about how to housetrain our dog and after we told her that we are not crate training she basically told us we are not doing it correctly then and that dogs her age can hold it for about 8 hours! She is only 3 months old so i always thought they can only hold it the number of months they are plus one??

What do you guys think?
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It is true, that you really should start your dog on heartworm preventative after the blood test, but having a 11 week old puppy infected with heartworms is quite rare. Unless if your puppy was abandoned outside, been outside bitten by misquitios, or anything of the like.

In any way of how you housetrain your puppy should NOT be the techinician's opinion. She may offer advice..should say, "Have you learned about crate training and its methods?" or "Would you like to know different options of housetraining?", etc. Usually crate training is high on the list of various ways. If you are considering of not using the crate, the technician should NOT say, "You're doing it incorrectly". It's putting you down.

I don't think a puppy at 11 weeks can hold it 8 hours straight...that's a little too much to ask for. 4 hours to 5 hours seems reasonable..that a puppy can hold in the crate. Any longer than that will pretty force the puppy to pee in the "den", which is what you want to avoid.

When I got my puppy at 4 1/2 months (two months ago), she was able to hold it for 7 hours in the crate. Mainly because she sleeps, so the body functions slows down. I haven't had any accidents.

If you ever feel uncomfortable for whatever reason, I do suggest you to find another vet. You want to be comfortable with the animal hospital and its staff. I got lucky with mine. It's about 30 minute drive, but it's all worth it.

Rule of thumb - More expensive vet doesn't mean better staff, or the bigger the hosptial doesn't mean the better the vet/staff is.
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