Your Guide to Puppy Care
Bringing home a new puppy can be exciting. They are great for playing, cuddling, and companionship, but they also require a great deal of work. To help, our team at Stanton Pet Hospital has put together this quick guide of some important steps you should take.
Puppy Proof Your Home
Puppies love to chew on anything. This can include your favorite pair of shoes and your kids’ toys. While it can be frustrating to have those things destroyed, your puppy might also chew on electrical cords and get into low cabinets that hold dangerous items. You will need to take steps to put these things away. One of the best ways to do this is to get down on your hands and knees and look around. Take note of anything you see that could be dangerous and find a way to get it away from your puppy’s reach.
Take a Shopping Trip
You will need some essentials to care for your furry friend. It will need some food, bowls for that food and water, a bed, a collar, and a leash. Having some chew toys on hand can limit the chances that your puppy will chew on your belongings. You should also consider a crate or kennel.
Schedule a Pet Exam
You want your new puppy to have a long and happy life, so it’s imperative that you keep it healthy. This begins with a pet exam with your veterinarian. It will include a full check-up and any necessary vaccinations. You will discuss potential health issues, spaying and neutering, and recommendations for appropriate care, including pet food. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions.
Start House Training
As cute as puppies might be, they can make quite a mess and leave you to clean it up. The earlier you can begin house training, the better. However, don’t expect too much too quickly. Your puppy’s bladder will be nearly uncontrollable for about three months, so it can take some time for it to get it right. Still, by starting early, you are getting a jumpstart on building good habits. If you start too late, bad habits will already be set in place.
Schedule Your Pet’s First Exam in Stanton, CA
Learn more about puppy care and give your new family member a healthy start with the help of our team at Stanton Pet Hospital. Call our team today at (714) 828-5891 to book your puppy’s first exam.