Do you have plans bringing home a puppy? In honor of National Puppy Day, here are eight tips to help you keep your puppy healthy and safe.
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8 Tips: Keeping Your New Puppy Healthy and Safe
1. Be a proactive pet parent. Do your own research about your pup’s breed, behavior and potential breed-illness that may occur.
2. Take your pup to the vet for regular check-ups, preventative health care, and proper vaccination. Select a veterinarian that always strives to deliver excellent care; such as veterinary hospital accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).
3. Keep your pup safe by obtaining required tags and licenses. Always have your pup wear his/her identification and contact information. In case your pup decides to go on an unaccompanied adventure, more likely you’ll quickly get reunited.
4. Puppy-proof your home. Set limits where your pup can explore. Set-up doggy gates and consider using a dog crate.
5. You want your pup to enjoy riding in the car, so take him/her for car rides. Pet travel crate, booster seats, harness are some options to ensure your pup’s safety when traveling, especially in the car. Sleepypod‘s pet safety carrier and harnesses passed rigorously crash testing by the Center for Pet Safety.
KORU BEAR wears Sleepypod Clickit Terrain pet safety harness.
6. Plan to purchase pet insurance. When unexpected accidents happen, having pet insurance helps.
Last November, KORU BEAR suddenly got very ill and required him to visit the Pet Emergency ER three times. Luckily, as soon as we adopted him, I purchased a Healthy Paws pet insurance.
7. Consider taking your pup to professional dog training classes that enforce positive reinforcement methods. Learning how to train your pup enhances your relationship and ensures safety and it can be a lot of fun.
8. Reduce your pup stress by having a scheduled daily routine.
Having a puppy can be exciting, but it can be a challenging experience. Knowing these tips will help in keeping your healthy and safe.