Got a cute Puppy!! Read this
After getting a new cute puppy home, we have fun to cuddle our pets. There are things to do keep the cuddle alive. I have written this article for first-time pet owners.
For the first time dog owners, right knowledge is required to raise a puppy. Sometimes, without the right knowledge, pet parenting may become the worst nightmare. Therefore, here are some points to consider after bringing a puppy home. some of these points are advice based on my experience as a vet and some are feedback from pet owners.
1.What to feed?
Give a proper starter food to eat for the next few weeks until the dog attains 3 months. This is a time when your puppy is growing very fast. Therefore, a good quality starter food is required to provide ingredients for bones and tooth. How many times to feed?- usually 3 to 4 times is sufficient.
2. Whether to give a bath or not
Certainly not. The puppy’s epithelial or outer layer of skin is devoid of blood supply and depended on blood supply from inner skin. Therefore, bathing dogs very young will make their skin loose moisture and skin problems and hair shedding may occur. It is advised to use a dry bath shampoo and tissue wipes of various companies. When the puppy is very young, there is a chance to catch a cold easily as the immune system of young puppies is weak.
3. Ticks at so young age!!!
Yes, dogs carry ticks from kennels.Therefore, the best thing is to apply a frontline anti-tick spot on. This spot on should be sprinkled only after 8 weeks of age. Spot on is relatively safe than sprays or anti-tick shampoo.
Worming the pup is also important. It is preferred to deworm the pup a few days of bringing home. This is important because the young pup shall become acclimatized with the food and environment. In this case too pups get the worms from mother’s womb. This applies to kittens as well. Better to use a proper drug which covers all the worms and has the composition of having more than one components.
5. Visit a veterinarian
I repeat Veterinary doctor and not dog breeder or medicine seller or dog handler. Vaccinate your dog as per schedule.
6. Never get puppy less than 35 days old.
Never get a puppy less than 35 days, because pups get their nutrition from mothers milk until 35 days old. They build up immunity during this period. This immunity provides protection lifelong. 35 days is ideal weaning age for any cute puppy. Though sometimes it might become essential to adopt a puppy less than 35 days. In those cases raise the puppy on milk replacer diet. There are many commercially available milk replacer diet.
Points to remember
To sum up here are some points to remember
- Dogs and kittens take one week to adjust to the new home environment.
- In early days of life, these young pets like their human counterparts tend to sleep more.
- In the first seven days after bringing home a puppy or a kitten, it is advisable to feed a standard starter food to puppy and kitten food to kittens. At this stage never experiment with home food.
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