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March 23 is National Puppy Day and who doesn’t love to snuggle a puppy and inhale that sweet “puppy breath”? We bet everyone loves it!
A puppy is long-term commitment.
A puppy will grow from adorable “puppy stage” into the gangly “toddler stage” to older dog, and eventually a senior. When you factor in that large breed dogs are considered “senior” when they are five- to seven-years-old you can see how time flies when you’re living with, and loving, a dog.
Pet parents of puppies want to make certain the puppy they are adopting is healthy and won’t require out-of-the-ordinary veterinary care, that she will have a great quality of life and a long, happy life. To help assure yourself the puppy you’re adopting is as healthy as she can be, here are some steps to take. Remember, no one can guarantee the health of your puppy or the health of your dog for a lifetime, but you can start off on the right foot by adopting the healthiest puppy you can.
Whether you’re adopting a puppy from a shelter or if you’ve done your research and are adopting a puppy from a reputable breeder, here are some things to keep in mind.
Tips for adopting a healthy puppy
Ask for as much information on the puppy’s background as possible. If you’re getting a puppy from a breeder, he or she should know the puppy’s lineage and potential health issues – if any. If you’re adopting from a shelter, the shelter workers may have background information on the puppy and his or her parents, but they may not. Just because you don’t know the puppy’s background shouldn’t be a deterrent to adopting.
Remember, don’t overlook a shy puppy. This puppy may just be overwhelmed by the noise and scents of the shelter or rescue. Ask if you can take her to a quiet room or even outdoors and see if she loses her shyness and interacts more fully.
No matter where you adopt your family’s new puppy from, you’re making an investment in that puppy’s life and are offering him a forever home. He will grow up with your family and will quickly become a member of the family.
Protect him (and your family finances!) by also investing in a dog health insurance policy as soon as you adopt your puppy. A dog health insurance policy offers peace of mind that if your beloved puppy becomes ill or gets injured, you will be able to afford his medical care.
Snuggle your new puppy. Train him in basic obedience. Enjoy a lifetime of devotion from your new furry friend.
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Robbi Hess is a full-time pet blogger and multi-published author. She shares her life with a diva Poodle, a goofy Goldendoodle, two Devon Rex, a senior ginger kitty and three reptiles!