Puppies, much like infants, need supervision, loving, care and are dependent on us for all of their needs. It is up to us as pet parents to see that a puppy has all it needs to grow up to be a healthy, happy dog, that will give the pet of your dream.
Tips to keep your puppy healthy
Never take a puppy away from her mother too early
Anything age much under eight weeks does not give a puppy the best chance in life. Sometimes, puppies in pet shops come from their mothers at five weeks. In this case, they won’t have the full immunity given by the mother’s milk.
Take your puppy to a veterinarian for a checkup immediately you purchase her
The puppy needs to have his/ her ears checked, and the nose should be wet and not runny. The eyes should be clear. Consult with your veterinarian with any questions about which vaccines are needed at what times to keep your puppy to their absolute healthiest.
Some puppies will also have allergies
Since some puppies are allergic to grass or even to flea bites, you need to be keen if your puppy scratches too often, or at times is chewing at parts of her fur. However, you notice bald patches then you should consult your veterinarian to do allergy testing. In this case, flea control is an important step to consider
Don’t overfeed your puppy
Often, people are lazy that they do not even monitor their puppy’s food intake. Overfeeding your puppy can lead to health issues including heart disease. Most adult puppies should not need much more than a cup of dog food per day. Of course, this depends on the size of your dog and the type of food that you purchase, but it is usually pretty safe to follow the feeding recommendations at the back of the food bag. If your puppy starts to get too thin or pudgy, increase/decrease their daily food allowance accordingly. Quality food for your puppy will not only improve their skin and coat but also boost their general immunity.
Consider puppy supplements
Puppy supplements may not be something you’ve considered before, but if you are a conscientious owner, they should be. As a puppy owner, you should provide your dog with everything it needs to maintain good health. In some cases, that can mean adding a dietary supplement to your dog’s daily routine to keep its body functioning properly.In most cases, you will want to use a supplement that contains a comprehensive blend of vitamins and minerals to provide for maximum nutritional needs. You can also look for ingredients such as Glucosamine, Manganese, Calcium and Antioxidants as well as natural substances such as Green Tea or Ginseng. All of these provide extra insurance for keeping your puppy healthy and thriving.
For instance, cleaning your puppy’s ears and eyes regularly can prevent infections. At least twice a week checks his/her eyes, ears, teeth, paw pads, and coat. Monitor his/her walks to realize if they’re limping. Run your hands over the dog’s body. He’ll think you’re petting him but what you’re doing is looking for abnormal bumps and lumps.
Brush your puppy every day
Not only is brushing an excellent way for you to bond and maintain closeness with your puppy but also helps to keep their coat healthy and shiny. Brushing also allows you to check their skin and fur for any abnormalities or problems. You will want to choose a brush that’s best suited for your particular type of dog’s fur.