When they’re brand new, puppies may be more adorable than ever. Their cute little faces and tiny paws make you want to protect them so much, and that’s good, because it’s when they’re at their most vulnerable. Here, we’re going to look at some of the risks you need to be aware of when welcoming a new pup to the family and some of the ways you can ensure the healthiest start to life for them.
Securing the home
Puppy proofing the home should be your number one priority. Make sure they have a safe space of their own with their toys, dog bed, access to water, and more. Then pay attention to the dangers in the home and garden. Puppies are incredibly curious, and will eat any plant they find in the garden, including ones that toxic to their health. Preventivet takes a closer look at all the ways you can puppy proof the home to ensure their health and safety.
Start your relationship with the vet right now
Worms, parasites, and illnesses are an immediate risk to your puppy. If they don’t have their vaccinations, then it’s imperative that you take them to visit the vet as soon as possible. Your puppy’s first visit to the vet will set the whole schedule of health checks and vaccinations for their future, and the vet may have specific advice on what to watch for depending on your breed.
Ensuring the best diet
Nutrition is essential in the healthy growth of puppies, just as much as visits with the vet. Make sure to get your dog foods that are specifically designed for puppies from trusted brands like Orijen that are well known for high protein values and good nutritional qualities. Bear in mind that your pup’s digestive system isn’t able to handle standard dog foods, like grown dog kibbles, yet. If you have any questions about how to best ensure the right nutritional values for your dog, ask your vet. Their size and breed can change what the optimal feed is.
Get active, get playful
Even when very young, puppies need some good exercise, such as walking or playing real hard. A good rule of thumb is to give them five minutes of exercise for every month of life. If they’re five months old, for instance, you should take them for a twenty-five minute walk. Not only does exercising with your dog have great benefits for you, it builds the bond with you and your pup, and makes sure they’re getting rid of all that excess energy in a fun, creative way. Not exercising a growing dog is an easy way to see them developing destructive behaviours like chewing up your furniture.
Follow the tips above and there should be no real reason for concern when it comes to your puppy’s health. Just bear in mind their needs change as they grow older, so always take the time to ask the vet for care tips during your annual checkups with them.