How to Prepare for a New Puppy

July 11, 2015

How to Prepare for a New Puppy

Preparing for a New Puppy

Bringing home a new puppy is a joyous and exciting time for any family. Our mobile vet Toronto gives some great tips to help you prepare for a new family member.

Veterinary health check

Schedule a veterinary health examination within the first 24 – 48 hours – that way your vet can thoroughly check your pup and make sure your new furry friend is healthy. If there are any existing and potential health problems, it’s best to identify them as soon as possible. Your veterinarian will also make sure the vaccination is scheduled and the overall care is optimized.

A mobile vet Toronto can diagnose your pup at the comfort of your own home and offer you smart advice about the best way to prepare your home for this new arrival.

Food

If you get your pup from a quality breeder the chances are they will provide a strict feeding guide. Avoid an upset stomach by following the diet the breeder followed for at least 3 to 5 days. Avoid treats which may look delicious but can cause diarrhea.

While diagnosing your new pup’s health, your vet will review the feeding guide and will let you know if it has adequate nutrients. Your house call vet will also guide you on changing your pup’s diet gradually.

Puppy crate and bedding

Leave your furry friend in a puppy crate to ensure his safety when you can’t supervise him. A crate also offers your puppy a peaceful place to rest. It’s important to understand that the first few days of living with a new family in a new environment can be quite stressful for a pup. Puppy crate and bedding offer a quiet place to rest and recover.

Prepare your home and garden

Puppies are curious and active, and can easily invite trouble. Get rid of everything at puppy level such as low hanging curtains, electrical cords, shoes and remote controls. Make sure there are no small holes in the garden fences he can use to escape.

Toys to chew

Puppies chew things, and that include your smartphones, furniture and TV remotes! You can encourage your little friend to chew his own toys by keeping these items close to him at all times.

Collar and lead

A collar and lead helps to keep your pup safely under your control when you both are taking a walk. Avoid using a choke chain. It’s better to train your puppy to walk beside you than to choke him with a chain when he pulls.

Make sure the collar has an ID tag with your mobile number on it. If your furry friend isn’t yet microchipped it is important to discuss this with your vet.

Call Roundstone Mobile Vet Services to schedule a complete health checkup for your new pup. Our house call vet Toronto will ensure your new pup is healthy.

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