VCA Mesa Animal Hospital

Dog Life Stages — Puppy (1-12 months)

Puppy Tips

Your puppy’s temperament and behavior are developed within the first 16 weeks of his life. The more time he spends around people and other dogs the less aggressive his instincts will be.

Watch your puppy’s stool. Yes, it’s not very pleasant, but it could save her life. If you notice any diarrhea or blood, bring her into the vet as soon as possible.

ALL puppies need to be immunized to protect them from disease. Make a schedule with your vet and follow through on it.

Best Care Little Bundles for Puppies

Puppies need special care, after all…they’re just babies! The Best Care program for puppies includes an overall health exam, an initial vaccination series, flea & tick control and more. Get your puppy on the road to great health!

Learn more about this special package, or call us at 480-833-7330 to make an appointment today.

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Puppy Pavilion

If you’re caring for a puppy (1-12 months) this is the place for you. We’ve got tips, tricks, advice and the latest news on proper puppy development.

Basic Care
The first few months are crucial to your puppy’s health. Here, you’ll find links to articles on basic care including behavior, grooming, exercise and more.

Puppies require different levels of nutrients than older dogs do. That’s why they should be fed only puppy food for their first year of life. Find out more about puppy-specific nutrition.

Puppies need special preventative care including vaccinations and parasite medications. Read more on how often your puppy needs to see the vet.

Training a puppy is a great idea. It encourages good behavior early and ensures you won’t have to break bad habits later. It’s also easier than you may think!

Puppy to Adult Dog

So your little puppy is all grown up. Are you ready for it? Adult dogs have specific nutrition, exercise, grooming and basic care requirements. There are many things to watch for and keep in mind as your puppy’s needs evolve into those of an adult dog. Learn about the “Adult Dog” Lifestage »


Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately at 480-833-7330. If it is after hours, please contact the following nearby emergency care clinic:

VCA Animal Referral and Emergency Center of Arizona  -  (480) 898-0001 - 1648 N. Country Club Dr., Mesa, AZ 85201