Healthy StartBringing home a wiggly little puppy is the start of a wonderful new adventure. During those first few weeks, you can plan on having a busy little dog trying out his new teeth, accidents in the corners, and a time of discovery for both you and your puppy. In order to provide your new little friend with all of the care he needs, you’ll need to devote a lot of time and energy to the puppy. In the end, you will be rewarded with unconditional love and loyalty.

Beyond the Food Bowls

Your puppy is going to need much more than food and water in those first weeks. By providing your puppy with the right attention, you can almost guarantee that your dog will be healthy and happy.

Visit the Veterinarian

It is only natural that one of the first places you go with your puppy will be the veterinarian. At the first visit, you can expect a few things:

  • Examination
  • Shots and vaccinations
  • Information about puppy’s breed
  • A schedule for further visits
  • Discussion about the pros and cons of spaying and neutering

Learn About Pet Dentistry

Hopefully, you already have a good tooth care regimen in place for yourself. Dog dentistry is just as important. The sooner you learn how to appropriately care for your puppy’s teeth, the more likely that she is to respond positively. Discuss with the veterinarian the best routine and products for your specific breed of dog. From time to time, the vet may provide services such as fluoride treatments, dental hygiene, or extractions.

Set Up a Wellness Plan

Sometime during the course of your visit with the vet, you should discuss a wellness plan with the doctor. This should include scheduled office visits and a plan of action for health problems. You can also discuss concerns with the vet such as grooming and training services in your area and emergency services. Begin grooming and training your dog early so that she can get used to both. Good habits are easier to instill when puppies are young and haven’t yet started to test boundaries.

Choose the Right Pet Food

Puppies’ bodies are changing and growing quickly during the first few weeks. You need to be sure that the food you provide for your puppy is appropriate. Watch for a declaration from the Association of American Feed Control Officials, or the AAFCO, on the package of dog food that you choose. Remember to choose puppy food as opposed to adult food. Visit with the vet before switching to adult food.

When you bring a puppy home, your life is bound to improve, especially when you take steps to ensure that your puppy has a healthy start on life. Make an appointment to visit with a veterinarian at Pet Medical Center.

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