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Puppy Health Care For New Owners

Puppy health care, keeping it simple

You’ve just got a new puppy and perhaps you’re feeling overwhelmed. “What happens when she won’t eat?” “Why does she sleep all day and whine all night?” “Is she ever going to be potty trained?” Here are some answers to these and other questions you may have about puppy health care.

Your puppy may act like a cuddly bouncy toy, but she’s a live breathing animal with specific needs and emotions. How you take care of her now will influence your puppy’s health and emotional stability in later life.

Puppy health care essentials

Probably the most important aspect of puppy health care are vaccinations. Your puppy has an immature immune system which leaves her vulnerable to all sorts of canine viruses. New puppy vaccinations can start from 6-8 weeks of age and continue until 16-18 weeks (or earlier in some countries). This protects her against diseases such as distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and kennel cough.

Don’t expose your puppy to other dogs or public places until 1 week after her last shot. After that an annual booster is all she’ll need.

Puppy health care also involves worming regularly. This is to prevent worms in the stomach such as roundworm and hookworm, which puppies are very susceptible to. Worming is an ongoing treatment, but can be stretched out to every 3 months when she reaches adulthood.puppy health care

Some puppies are fussy when it comes to their food, some will eat anything. Get your puppy used to a high quality puppy food which contains mainly protein. Your vet can advise a good brand or do your own research. A good quality puppy food is an essential part of puppy health care and will give her a great start in life.

Potty training puppy can be frustrating if you let it. Just relax and understand that it will take some time for your puppy to realize exactly what to do and where to do it. The times to concentrate on are when she first wakes from a sleep, around 5-10 minutes after eating and after you come home after being away fro some time.

If you notice your puppy squatting or circling around, this can give you some advance warning. You can take her outside, if practicable, or simply have sheets of newspaper in strategic places. Always praise her when she does the right thing. This gives positive reinforcement and she’ll want to repeat the behavior.

While on the subject, behavior may not relate directly to puppy health care, however how your puppy behaves will probably have an effect on your emotional health! Jumping up is cute in a small puppy, not so cute in a large adult dog. Discourage jumping now when it’s comparatively easy. Simply walk away and ignore her. When she stops jumping, reward her with lots of praise.

The same goes for biting. Puppies can bite when they’re over-exited. Just ignoring her when she bites will do the trick in time. A good rule of thumb is ignore bad behavior and reward good behavior. Make sure everyone in the house does the same otherwise your puppy will become confused.

Of course there’s more to puppy health care than the brief introduction above, however if you stick to the above tips they’ll help you and your new puppy through the inevitable awkward times.

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