Keeping your new puppy healthy and happy
Congratulations! Your new puppy is now a member of your family, and your veterinarian is here to help. The following tips and information may help you prepare your home and your family for life with a new puppy. These tips will also help you understand some very real risks to your puppy's health, and how you can avoid them.
- Take your puppy to the veterinarian regularly for check-ups and preventative healthcare, follow regular vaccination guidelines for your puppy, as recommended by your vet.
- Obtain all required tags and licenses to keep your puppy safe.
- Follow your veterinarian's recommendations for a regular, nutritious diet for your puppy.
- Strongly consider taking your puppy to professional training classes that enforce positive reinforcement training methods.
- Practice preventive healthcare for your puppy including; Heartworm disease prevention, flea and tick control, dental care and hygiene, and intestinal parasite protection.
- Provide plenty of safe chewable toys and rawhides for your puppy.
- Give your puppy access to fresh water at all times.
- Consider using a pet crate to train and house your puppy. The crate should be large enough to allow your puppy to stand up, turn around, and lie down. If your puppy can walk to a corner, it is too large.
Bringing a new puppy home can be an exciting, but demanding experience. If you have any questions regarding your new puppy, please do not hesitate to contact us!