It goes without say that puppies are some of the most adorable things to have, on the planet. However the whole entire process of having to care for a puppy may not exactly be a walk in the park. This is especially in the event that you have never owned any dog before. However, this notwithstanding, we are going to take you through some essential tips, that will go a long way in helping you know exactly how to care for your new addition to the family. Discussed below are some of these tips:
1.Get a good and efficient Vet
The first place where you need to take your new puppy, in the event that you are owning one for the first time is to the vet for a checkup. This will be very essential in taking the first steps towards ensuring that you get a good health routine that is preventive for your puppy. It will also go a long way in making sure that your puppy is healthy and free from any health conditions that may be serious and detrimental to their health.
During this visit to the Vet, you could also ask for some recommendations of what foods are best for your puppy. There is customized dog food that you can look into if you want to maximize your dog’s health.
Also, your Vet is supposed to tell you the portions of the foods to be given as well as the frequency of how often the puppy is supposed to be fed. Additionally, the following are some of the important points that you should discuss with the vet:
- A vaccination plan for the puppy
- Safe options for both internal and external parasite control
- Signs of illness that you should watch out for in your puppy, during the first few couple of months
2. Get quality food selection and meal plans for the puppy
It is important to note the fact that the body of the puppy is still growing in a very critical manner. Because of this, it is must go for foods that are well formulated and recommended for puppies, and not the ones suitable for adult dogs. You can get the right food for your puppy by checking out the packaging, to see what exactly is recommended based on how old your puppy is. This is often given by the feed control officials that help you get a selection that will go a long way in meeting the nutritional needs of your puppy.
It is also very important to take note of the frequency of the feed time for your puppy. The recommended frequency of feeding your puppy based on their age is as given below:
Age 6-12 weeks- to be given 4 meals in a day
Age 3-6 months- 3 meals in a day
Age 6-12 moths- 2 meals in a day
You must also make sure that your puppy has access to water that is clean and fresh throughout the day.
3.Introduce your puppy to a bathroom routine
It is very important that you get to introduce your puppy to some sort of routine for bathroom. This is especially because puppies tend to have a high frequency of urinating. You can however train them to be relieving themselves after, say every 2 hours or something. Be it poop or urine time. This is should however not be so restricted, as you should be flexible and go for what works for them. The best thing to do is to pick one area, most preferably outside, where you can be directing them whenever they need to use their potty.
You however need to exercise great levels of patience while doing the training, because, truth is it will not take a day for them to master the routine. You will need lots of patience, planning and positive reinforcement for you to get your puppy on track. You might however prepare yourself psychologically to have the carpet cleaned from time to time, when accidents happen; before they master the routine.
Listed below are some of the common times when you can take out your puppy to relieve themselves:
Immediately they wake up
Just before bedtime
Immediately after they have taken lots of water
Right after they have woken up from a nap
During and after engaging in any physical activity
4.Be on the look out for any early signs of illness
During the first couple of months, puppies are often quite highly susceptible to a number of illnesses. It is important that you get to identify these signs of illnesses in their early stages before they are fully blown out. Listed below are some of the symptoms that can show you that things are not alright with your puppy; and that it is time to get to visit the vet as soon as can be:
Loss of appetite
Painful and swollen abdomen
Loss in weight
Coughing or even wheezing
Swollen or red eyes
In the event that you notice any of these symptoms, it is best that you seek medical attention from your vet as soon as possible.