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.

Puppy Essentials

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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.