New Puppy Care

Bringing home a new puppy is an incredible one of a kind experience. From those sweet puppy licks to the adorable tiny paws, cute puppy eyes, and fun snuggles a remarkable bond is being built. Along with those adorable features comes the other aspect, the proper care and training that will now be devoted to that cute little bundle as they grow.

Your pet health care team at Bregman Veterinary Group is committed to providing you with the tools you need every step of the way!

The Basics
Whether you are a newbie or seasoned pet owner, being prepared can help ease the stress that comes with adding a puppy to your household. Less stress means more fun bonding time with your newest addition. To help you out here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Veterinary Support – One of the most important things you can do is have an exam scheduled with your veterinarian for your new addition. This should take place as soon as possible upon getting them home. During this time your veterinarian will also discuss the proper diet,  immunizations, spay/neuter, and microchipping with you.

2. Supplies – Ensure you have the necessary basic items prior to bringing your new puppy home. Items such as collar, leash, bed, crate (if using), chew toys, food/water bowls. A baby gate is also a good idea as it will help to help keep them out of certain areas of your home you don’t want them in.

3. Puppy Proofing – Puppies love to chew, so it is best to take time prior to bringing them home to ensure your home is proofed and ready for them. Just like a child, they love to get their mouth on anything and everything, so chocking and poisoning are great concerns, so ensure you put away any items you don’t want them to get ahold of.

4. House training – Get your puppy outside throughout the day so they are able to expel. Getting them out first thing in the morning, before bed, after naps and after meals will help lead to successful training. Try to keep on schedule, and if you are unable to, find help such as dog walking company, family or a friend.

It is important to ensure your puppy receives proper nutrition and caloric intake while they are still growing. Choosing a high quality dog food that is formulated for them is very important and will help ensure healthy growth. As your puppy grows the number of feeding times will change. Recommended feeding frequencies are as follows

Puppies age 6-12 weeks should be fed 4x per day
Puppies age 3-6 months should be fed 3x per day
>6 months can be reduced to 2x daily

For your puppy to grow into a happy and safe part of society, socialization is necessary. This should start to occur in the first few months and after being fully vaccinated.

With good socialization to other people, dogs, animals, locations and things your puppy will learn to become well-adjusted.

Your friends at Bregman Veterinary Group look forward to getting to know you and your new puppy! Give us a call with your questions, or to schedule an appointment.

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