Puppy health is important but doesn’t have to be complicated.
A puppy can be so adorable that you might take one back to your house before you really know how to deal with him.After all, you were looking into those big puppy dog eyes, not reading his owner’s manual that starts off with “Owning a puppy is a big responsibility”…
Even though having a puppy and maintaining that puppy’s health is a big responsibility, that doesn’t mean it has to be difficult. Here are some guidelines in regards to your puppy’s health:
Feed your puppy quality food with a balanced diet. Spend a little time doing research in the beginning to find the best food for puppy. You can find quality products in pet stores and also online.
Look at the five ingredients that are listed first on the bag of dog food. They should be things you would want to eat yourself like vegetables and meat; not by-products and grain fillers that can be hard for your puppy to digest.
Puppies have to have plenty of exercise. This is very important for their health. Puppies require exercise that is physical, like playing with other puppies and running around, and exercise that is mental such as hide and seek and fetching a ball. You need to remember that if your puppy is bored, he will become mischievous and get in trouble.
They need fresh water all the time. Your puppy will be thirsty a lot and will need water to grow up right and be healthy. Make sure you look at their water bowl all the time and keep water in it.
I’m sure you’ve figured it out by now that puppies are like two year olds.
They need to have a safe place to be when you’re not around to supervise them. Also, just like a baby or toddler, anything they find laying around will go in their mouth. Keep your valuables up and out of reach of your puppy until they’re old enough to control themselves.
Your puppy’s teeth need cared for by giving them hard bones and keeping them brushed. Allow them to get used to getting their nails clipped, their teeth brushed, and their coats brushed while they are still little.
Your puppy will need to go to the vet for his vaccinations and checkups. Find a good vet upon recommendation and take your puppy in on a pre-determined schedule.
A lot of vets will send out postcards to remind you when your puppy’s appointment is.
Lastly, it probably goes without saying that a puppy needs lots of love for both physical and mental wellbeing. That should not be difficult because you started loving your puppy before you ever took him to your house.
If you’ve researched puppy health requirements such as safety, sticking to a schedule of checkups and vaccinations, and feeding him the best affordable food, you should have many years of happiness with your new best friend.