Advanced Animal Care

When you get a new puppy, you will want to schedule an appointment with your veterinarian in Berea Kentucky as soon as possible.  Many breeders offer a return policy if you need to return a puppy within a specific amount of time.  Your veterinarian will be able to tell if your dog is sick or has a congenital disease that would prevent him from living a long healthy life and being the right choice for you.  There are a few other things you need to consider when caring for a new pup.

Preparing for a Puppy

Hopefully before you purchased your puppy, you researched breeds and what type dog is going to fit best in your home.  Not all breeds are the same and each breed has different characteristics that make them desirable. 

You will also want to have your house puppy proofed.  Puppies love to chew and swallow things just like a small child.  You can avoid an emergency trip to your veterinarian in Berea Kentucky by keeping small items and socks off the floor.

Taking Care of Your New Puppy

Puppies, like small children, require a special diet suitable for their age.  You can check with your veterinarian which diet is best.  Besides feeding your pup, you will want to make sure you are spending time playing with them.  Offering them chew toys and dental bones are a good idea.  Puppies love to chew and will chew on shoes and belts and other items,if they don’t have enough of their own toys.

You will also want to train your puppy.  Housetraining is one of the major tasks a new dog owner has, but it is not the only thing you need to train your puppy about.  Socializing your pup now will save you a lot of embarrassment later.  Your puppy should learn to behave when he is around people and other dogs.  You will of course, want to monitor him around dogs making sure the other dogs aren’t sick or too aggressive.  Puppies need to learn to be around others though and not be afraid.  Fear can cause your dog to misbehave.

Vaccinations and When to See Your Veterinarian in Berea Kentucky

Puppies usually need between 3 and 4 series of puppy shots.  They usually start around 8 weeks of age getting their first set.  You will find most breeders have already started the process.  You will need to continue vaccinating about every 3 weeks until your puppy is around 4 months old.  The vaccinations help their immune system develop antibodies to certain diseases that are common in dogs.  The main vaccinations protect against paravirus, distemper and hepatitis.

Besides for vaccinations, you will want to take your puppy to the vet anytime you notice a change in their behavior that causes you concern.  You will want to watch your puppy's weight and make sure he is growing.  Also at the sign of any sickness, such as lethargy or vomiting and diarrhea, you will want to bring your puppy in for a check up.  It doesn’t take long for puppies to get dehydrated or really sick once they start showing symptoms.

If you have any questions about your new puppy, please give us a call at Advanced Animal Care Berea.