Getting a new puppy is always fun, adorable, and exciting family addition. Dogs are among the most lovable and intelligent creatures. They are the most common pets. Though having a puppy is still a lot of work. Thus, once a permanent commitment with the puppy will reward the owners with a loyal, loving, and happy companion friend.
Dog’s owners love to have their companion healthy and sound. Pups usually weaned at the age of eight weeks, as it is not a good idea to remove them from their mothers before that age. As dogs are prone to several diseases, that is why the owners want their little canine friend to be disease-free and remain fit.
GETTING THE PUPPY TO HOME
Initially, it is essential to make sure that the environmental conditions suit puppies. Numerous questions come to mind before bringing the young friend to the home. Is the puppy small enough to live in the house? Does the energy level of the puppy suit the amount of exercise provided to the pup?
However, a keen consideration of these questions will make sure that you take good care of the companion friend and lead him to a healthy and happy life. The dog’s owner needs to follow different procedures to take care of puppies that will keep the pups healthy.
Stress is one of the critical factors that affect the immunity of the puppies. Dog’s owners should have the information that their canine friend is very much prone to stressful conditions. Stress badly affects the immune system of the developing puppies as well as the adult dogs. Preventing a stressful environment will help to keep healthy puppies.
CLEAN HOUSING ENVIRONMENT
Another way to care for the puppies is to provide them with a safe environment. The dirty and unhealthy environment will make the puppy sick and will cost a lot. A safe environment is possible by washing the soiled bedding as soon as possible. Remove the harmful plants. Several plants are toxic to the dogs, and especially to the puppies, like azalea, foxglove, oleander, shamrock, and many more.
Exercise helps in the prevention and reduction of the production of unhealthy fat. It will help to reduce the opportunity of pain, inflammation, and possibility of the diseases. Exercise will also help to increase the immune system of the puppies.
Dogs need exercise to remain healthy. The amount of training varies with the breeds of the dogs. Taking a puppy to the garden or the yard after the meal will help the dogs to have some exercise.
However, try to avoid rough plays and challenging exercise when the body of the puppy is developing. Avoid long runs for the puppies until they become nine months old. One hour walk daily, divided into 2-4 walks will allow the puppy to interact with other friends and will also have a proper exercise. But always enable the interaction of the puppy with others once the vaccination is done to prevent deadly diseases entering the house.
FEEDING YOUR PUPPY
Bringing home a new puppy is always excited. The pups are a cute, warm, and furry bundle of happiness. The nutrition of the puppies should be the foremost and topmost priority for the owners to ensure that development and growth of the pups.
FACTORS THAT AFFECT THE FEEDINGS
It is always necessary to go for a balanced diet. Puppies usually get benefits from the fair puppy’s food. The puppy’s food should be rich in nutrients beneficial for the growth of healthy and happy adult dogs.
Going for cheap food is not the best choice for a little friend. It is essential to look for the food that has a high quality of protein from chicken, lamb, fish, eggs, beef, or lamb. The protein will help to develop muscles. The food must also include carbohydrates, calcium, DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) to keep the puppy active, playful with a healthy brain and a good vision.
TYPE OF FOOD
Selecting the type of food for dogs from the store is overwhelming. Then how can we choose the right food for our pups? There are three types of food i.e., dry food, wet food, semi-moist food that are available in the market. There is no magic in selecting the right food for the pups.
As long as the food is well balanced and complete, the puppies can enjoy it. There is also an alternative to combining two types of food. Kibble is one of the most popular options for the puppy’s feeding. The reason behind the popularity is the economic, balanced diet in it. It is essential to incorporate dry food with the water to keep the puppies hydrated.
It is advisable to provide a small amount of puppy’s food to the little canine friend on regular intervals several times a day. The amount of the food depends on the age, size and breed of the dogs.
Always starts with a small amount of formulated food and then gradually enhances the amount of food. The feeding schedule depends on the age of the puppy. If the puppy is between 6-12 weeks than the puppy should get the meals 3-4 time per day, the age between 12-20 weeks than thrice a day and if the period is more than 20 weeks than twice per day should be the schedule for the dogs.
BREED SIZE OF THE PUPPIES
Breed size of the dog is very crucial in estimating the right amount of feed the pup needs. If the pup is a large breed pup, then the giant breed-specific formula is suitable for the large breed pup. The large breed pups will get some higher meal portions as compared to the smaller breed pups.
Tiny or very small breeds of dogs like Pomeranian's, Yorkshire Terrier, Chihuahuas, and many others, are more prone to the lower blood sugar level. Such species need access to the food twenty-four hours a day until they reach an age of six months. This continued feeding will help their sugar level at normal range. Otherwise, it can lead to confusion, weakness, and seizures.
Nevertheless, never offer buffet feeding to the puppies as feeding the puppies healthy things will create a bond between the owner and puppies. Along with that, the puppies will undergo proper training to finish the food within the limited time and prevent wastage of food.
It is always recommended to take the puppy to the vet when the puppy becomes 6-9 weeks old to get the vaccination. Make sure the deworming of the puppy on the 1st visit to the vet. Deworming will prevent the pups from internal parasites and keep them healthy internally and externally. The vet will guide you about the proper vaccination schedule according to the age of the dogs.
The puppy becomes ready to socialize with humans and other dogs when reached to the age of the fourth week. From week fourth to twelve-week, the time is crucial for the puppies as they are ready to explore the new world around them to which they have to adjust.
Poorly socialized puppies will become more prone to the behavioural problems. Therefore, it is crucial for the puppies to learn about the new world surrounding them as a unique experience.