There are few things more exciting than becoming a first-time puppy owner. But while you are enjoying your playful little pooch, it’s important to start taking control of their pet health needs. With approximately 37-47% of households in the United States owning a dog, you are now part of the large group of dog owners looking out for their pet’s well-being. To learn more about how to best take care of your puppy, ask your vet the following questions.
- What vaccinations and procedures should I schedule?: There are specific procedures and steps that your vet will want totake while your dog is young. This includes essential vaccinations, potential de-worming, and of course, spaying or neutering. Your vet office will set up a schedule of pet care procedures that you should keep in mind.
- What food do you recommend?: Your vet will be able to advise you on your pet’s diet. They can tell you what brand of food your pup should be eating and how much. Just be sure to communicate any eating issues or sudden weight changes.
- How can I prevent fleas and ticks?: This is an important step that often falls through the cracks for new pet owners. By taking steps early on to prevent attracting fleas and ticks, you can keep your puppy healthy for life. Your vet will recommend a procedure specific to your region and pet’s needs.
- How often should I schedule checkups?: While your dog is still a puppy, your vet may want to see them more often to check on their development. Once they start to grow and their health looks good, you will probably have to bring them in less often.
- What conditions are my puppy at risk for?: Certain breeds of dogs are inherently prone to certain conditions. For example, cocker spaniels often get ear infections and Labs are prone to weight gain. Depending on their health risk, your vet may also recommend certain plans for pet insurance.
By working closely with your veterinary care provider you can take charge of your dog’s health from the beginning of their life. Your efforts will pay off when your pooch lives a happy and long life.
Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances.