When you have welcomed a new puppy into your home, you anticipate lots of fun. While this may be true, it's also important to introduce healthy dog care from the beginning. Create a loving environment for your pet and make sure you find a veterinarian that will put your pup first.
Many veterinarians believe that spaying or neutering helps in solving the serious problem of dog overpopulation. Neutering and spaying also makes most dogs friendlier and easy to live with. Spayed females are more relaxed then dogs those not spayed. Another benefit of spaying and neutering is that it minimizes the risk of cancer of the reproductive organs and mammary glands in females.
Know the importance of taking care of
your dog from a puppy to a geriatric dog.
Dog's health checks
Spaying- involves removing the uterus and ovaries from your female dog, usually after 6 months of age. This is a major surgical procedure and is performed under anesthesia. Your dog is usually kept overnight, and recovery usually takes about 2 weeks.
Neutering- is also done under anesthesia and your dog’s testicles are removed. An incision is made at the base of the scrotum and is usually performed at 6 months old. Your dogs will most likely stay overnight at the hospital and the recovery time is 7 to 10 days.
Make an appointment for your new puppy to see a veterinarian as soon as possible. You can expect the following at the first visit:
• Thorough physical examination
• Check for external parasites and internal parasites
• Initial vaccination and / or discussion about vaccinations your puppy needs
• Consultation about whether your puppy should be spayed / neutered
Get your puppy acquainted with its new home and surroundings. Make sure your puppy knows where he or she is supposed to eat, sleep, and eliminate. Your puppy may be overwhelmed in the beginning because it's not used to your home. Just give him or her a time to settle in. If you have small children in your home, make sure they know that your puppy is not a new toy. At 8 weeks, your pup is old enough to learn obedience commands. This is a good time to start training your puppy.
When you start your puppy of with the best pet health, you are giving then a greater chance when they become an aging dog. Good nutrition, regular exercise, scheduled veterinarian appointments are all important factors in keeping your dog healthy. As your dog ages, changes will occur in their metabolism. If you pay attention to your dog’s behavior, you will detect problems easier.
• Check your dog’s mouth, eyes and ears regularly. Watch for loose teeth, redness, swelling or discharge.
• Keep your pet’s sleeping area clean and warm.
• Groom your pet often. You’ll detect any unusual sores or lumps and keep his coat healthy.
• Make fresh water available at all times
• Maintain a regime of proper nutrition, exercise and loving attention.
• Intolerance to hot and cold temperatures
• Tooth loss or decay
• Prostate enlargement or mammary gland tumors
• Separation anxiety
• Skin or coat problems
• Canine cognitive dysfunction