How to Care for Your New Furry Family Member
Your New Puppy
Congratulations on this special addition to your family! Your new furry friend is sure to bring lots of excitement and joy to your home. In return, you can ensure a happy, healthy, and long life for your puppy by providing him or her with good nutrition, a safe and sanitary environment, and regular wellness visits with a caring veterinarian.
Your Puppy’s First Wellness Visit
If you have a new puppy, you should bring him or her to visit a veterinarian as soon as possible. Pure Paws Veterinary Care is proud to offer exceptional services for your new best friend, including general wellness care, vaccinations, and spay/neuter procedure. Your puppy’s first visit is important because it will give your veterinarian the information she needs to help you best care for your pet. At your puppy’s first wellness visit, here’s what you can expect:
- A thorough physical examination to determine your pet’s general health
- A check for external parasites
- A check for internal parasites, if you can bring a fresh stool sample for analysis
- Initial vaccinations and a discussion of what vaccinations your puppy needs and when they should be scheduled
- A discussion about whether your puppy should be sterilized and when
Spaying/Neutering Your Puppy
Spaying is a surgical procedure that removes the uterus and ovaries of a female dog, usually after 6 months of age. Neutering is a procedure that removes the testicles of a male dog, usually around 6 months of age. Both are performed under general anesthesia and your puppy can usually go home to rest in the comfort of your home the same day.
Sterilization has many benefits for you and your pet. Spayed females are often more relaxed, and neutered male dogs are less likely to participate in mating-related behaviors, such as roaming, urine-marking their territory, and fighting with other males. Additionally, sterilization minimizes the risk of cancer of the reproductive organs, the mammary glands in females, and the prostate in males. Spaying or neutering your pet also has a benefit for society because it contributes to reducing the problem of animal overpopulation.
Creating a Safe & Comfortable Home Environment for Your Puppy
When you bring your puppy home, be sure to introduce him to each of the places he can eat, sleep, and “do his business.” After meeting the family and exploring the house, your puppy will probably feel overwhelmed and exhausted, so make sure to give him some quiet time to adjust and relax. If you have young children, make sure they understand how to treat the puppy gently and with respect.
As early as 8 weeks of age, your puppy is ready to start learning important lessons – this means you should begin housebreaking and simple obedience training as soon as you bring your puppy home. Your veterinarian can teach you effective training methods and recommend the best obedience school. With positive reinforcement, like treats and praise, training can be fun and easy for you and your puppy.