Making Sure Your Pup Has The Healthiest Start To Live

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Puppies may be dogs when they are at their most adorable, but it is also when they are at their most vulnerable. New dog owners who have never owned a puppy may not be aware of some of the risks they face that early in life or the checks and treatments they are going to need. Here, we’re going to look at some serious concerns you should know about when welcoming a new puppy to the home.

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Make sure the home is healthy

If you haven’t owned a dog before or your previous dog was “savvy” about what they could and could not access in the home, it can be easy to forget how risky a house environment can be. Like babies, puppies are much more curious. Toxic plants in the garden and easy access to foods they shouldn’t eat can be life-threatening in small dogs. Make sure anything you don’t want them to chew on is stored away safely and check your garden for common toxic plants.

Don’t take chances with parasites

Some owners make the mistake of believing that worms are something that their puppy will pick up later in life. However, hook worms in dogs, amongst other parasites, are actually inherited. The mother will show no symptoms of them and it’s only when the puppy is born that the larva hatch and start becoming a nuisance. Untreated worms in young puppies can be fatal. Take your new buddy to the vet when you first get them and have them provide a stool sample. The vet will prescribe deworming medication if it’s needed which should get rid of any potential lurking parasites.

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Support that immune system

Vaccinations are crucial to dogs.  They are the number one cause of reducing the rate of infectious diseases in canines such as hepatitis and adenovirus. If you get your puppy before they are 24 weeks old, then they don’t have all of their “starter” vaccines. When that’s the case, avoid taking them out and about. If you’re uncertain how vaccinated your pup is if, for example, they are a rescue, then you can get a blood test from the vet to confirm.

Growing a healthy gut

It’s a good idea to ask your vet about recommended dog foods for young puppies, as well. Nutrition is key to developing a healthy immune system, just as vaccines are. Malnourishment from an early age can cause chronic issues further down the line. What’s more, there are more foods on the market promoting the healthy growth of gut bacteria which can help your dog avoid digestion issues throughout their life. Don’t buy your puppy standard dog food. Their stomachs might not be developed enough to properly digest them just yet. If you got your dog from a professional breeder, they may have some tips on which foods work best for the breed, too.

Providing you take good care to ensure their health with all the tips above, your puppy will likely have no issue growing into a big, healthy dog. Just make sure you feed them right and keep all your appointments with the vet.

 

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