Puppy Care: Giving Your Puppy The Love They Need
Alright, so you got a new puppy, congratulations! Now you are going out from the shelter or pet shop, place the pet carrier on the front seat and drive home. After you have arrived at your house, you marvel at that new pup as you place it out of its carrier and let it roam for the first time in your living room floor. Lovely, isn’t it?
Then suddenly reality hits you like a truck, you feel a bit anxious and worried. You forgot to ask yourself one of the most essential things when getting a pup: what are you going to do next?
Then questions rush into your mind, questions like “what am I going to feed it?”, “where should it sleep?”, “what vitamins and vaccinations does it need?” and so on and it feels like your shoulders becomes heavier than normal due to those worries that you are thinking of.
Don’t worry, we got your back, and we will give you some of the most important things you need to do and remember in raising a puppy.
First Things First
I know it is a bit too late now since you already have the pooch in your home. It seems that you haven’t prepared anything for it, but don’t worry, we can still fix that.
First, you need to prepare your house or your pup. Make sure to keep things away from the floor or around the place where you intend to let the puppy stay. Things that will make your dog sick or outright poison it like detergents and chemicals. Or things that you don’t want your dog to chew. It is also a good idea to use baby grates. This is to block its access from parts of the house that you don’t want it to go. Like the garage, bedrooms, or the main door.
Designate who will be the primary caretaker of the pup to avoid any arguments. Also avoid loud noises which can stress your pup. Prepare a clean, quiet spot on where to place your carrier or cage. A litter box nearby so that the pup won’t poop anywhere.
Also prepare a dog bowl and a food bowl for your pup. The dog bowl should have clean water at all times. Make it comfortable in its cage, and to where the pup can access its food and water. Also, have your puppy a potty train, so that he knows where to poop.
A pup which is around 8 weeks old needs around ½ cup of food 3 times a day, this depends on the breed too. Adjust the amount depending on the pup’s size. It is important to clean off any remaining food on their bowls to avoid you pup eating spoiled or rancid dog food. Water is essential and better if placed just beside his food bowl in a separate bowl.
Puppies need a high quality dog food which has a high caloric and nutritional content in order to meet all its nutritional needs. If the pup is not used to dry food, you can make a gruel by combining milk substitute and dog food to make him adapt to it and to avoid upsetting it’s stomach. Gradually increase the amount of dog food in the gruel until such time that the pup is already comfortable in eating solid food alone.
Keeping them Fit
Aside from their diet, daily exercise and play is also important in a pup’s developing body. A ratio of 5 minutes of exercise per month of age is essential for your pup until it reaches maturity. Remember, they can be playful and active at times, but pups need less exercise than a fully grown one.
Walking them outside will not just improve their bodies, but they will also have a chance to socialize with other dogs and people. Keep in mind that you should never let your pup exercise after its meal, or it will result to bloating.
Finding the Right Vet and Watch out of Sickness
As a responsible owner, you need to make sure that your dog has a regular checkup with the vet at least once every two months. In choosing the best vet for your dog, you should take note of a couple of things. Like the distance of the clinic from your home, how clean the facility is, and is the staff attentive, polite and caring for your pet.
It is also important to know the signs that your puppies show if they are sick. Such signs as they become lethargic, dizzy at times, whimper or crying softly. As well as if they lost their appetite, vomits frequently, or have diarrhea, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Call your vet right away for medical advice or if it looks severe, immediately rush it to the vet as soon as possible.
Having another companion added to your family is both fun and hard. To be a responsible owner means attending to all your pup’s needs. It needs patience, hard work and discipline to properly raise a pup into your ideal dog. Also, don’t forget to ask for advice from your vet or ask any questions that you have. Do some research when it comes to raising your pup. In the end, proper care, lots of attention and discipline is the key in having the best dog one could have.