September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month! Getting a puppy is a lot of fun … and a lot of responsibility. A Rancho Santa Fe, CA vet offers some tips on being a good puppy owner in this article.
Veterinary Care For Puppies
When Fido is all grown up, he may only need to come in a few times a year. However, he’ll need to see us a few times when he is a puppy. Microchipping, exams, panels, and spay/neuter surgery are all on the agenda, as are vaccines and parasite control. It’s also important to keep a close eye out for signs of illness or injury. Ask your vet for recommendations.
Puppies are adorably inquisitive, but that sense of curiosity can backfire, especially once little Fido enters his chewing phase. Baby dogs want to investigate everything, and often eat or chew things that aren’t safe. Remove or secure potential hazards, such as toxic plants, medicines, plastic bags and ties, and small or sharp objects.
Socialization is absolutely crucial for young dogs. In fact, it’s one of the most important things you can do for your canine pal! Little Fido must be exposed to new places and faces while he’s young, so he can learn to be open to new things. Puppy playdates, doggy daycare, and even trips to parks can all help with this. Ask your vet or a professional trainer for tips.
Raising a puppy is a lot of work, but it’s well worth it. Taking the time to teach your furry friend how to be a good boy now will pay off in the long term. Your four-legged friend should know basic obedience commands, such as Sit, Stay, Heel, and Come. Fido should also be properly house trained. Crate training is recommended as well: even if you don’t plan to crate your pooch on a daily basis, he’ll likely still be crated for travel and when at the vet or groomer. Be patient and consistent, and focus on positive reinforcement.
A good diet is important at every stage of your canine companion’s life, but it’s critical in puppyhood. This is especially important in large breeds. They go through a tremendous growth spurt, which puts a lot of strain on their bodies. Talk to your vet about your furry pal’s nutritional needs.
Do you have questions about your dog’s health or care? Contact us, your local Rancho Santa Fe, CA pet clinic, today!