Pet Tips for how to take care of your new dog or puppy and
for Pet Transport and Pet Relocation.
now have a new puppy. It is crucial to learn all you can
regarding your new dog before it matures to and adult dog.
Here is some important info you should know you about your
new puppy and taking care of dogs especially preparing for
first thing you should do is take your dog to your local
veterinarian. Let them take a look at it, give the correct
shots, and so on.
you cannot get to a veterinarian right away, inspect your
pet. Know every part of her, so if there were a change you
would know what it was. We will start at the ears. Take a
look at them inside and make sure they are clear of any kind
of debris. If you notice back, coffee-grain looking yuck in
his/her ear, then your dog is most likely to have ear
mites. This is very common if your puppy has been any where
around other dogs. They are microscopic mites that can only
be seen under a microscope. You cannot buy over-the-counter
medicine for this. If you do see mite medicine in the pet
store, read it and it will probably say to prevent ear
mites. At this point, your puppy already has it. So this
is something that you would want to see your veterinarian
The next thing you want to do is to look at its eyes to make
sure they are clear. If they have discharge, then there
could be a sign of an eye infection or upper respiratory
Next, look at its mouth and check his baby teeth. The baby
teeth will fall out around 4 months of age and start to get
new adult teeth in. Right now they are probably very sharp,
but once the adult teeth come in, they won't be as sharp.
By the age of 5-6 months, the baby teeth should have all
fallen out and be replace with adult teeth. If there are
still some baby teeth left behind, your vet will be able to
remove these baby teeth. It is very important to remove the
baby teeth as it can cause problems later on.
Brushing your puppies teeth is also important on keeping
them clean. If you start them out young, they don't really
mind having their teeth brushed. They have special finger
tooth brushed that you can get to use. DO NOT use human
toothpaste as it can cause ulcers in the stomach since they
tend to swallow it. They have special pet toothpaste with
Next, we move on down to the feet. This is a very important
part because if you don't practice this part, you may end up
having problems later on. You want your dog to feel
comfortable with you touching his feet and toes. As they
get older, and are not familiar with you touching their
feet, they tend to not let you touch them. Some dogs will
even bit you if you touch them. Massage their feet every
day. They do not mind it as puppies. As far as trimming
their toenails, you can use just ordinary fingernail
clippers. Just take the very tips off. On some puppies,
they have clear nails on the end. They are just like out
nails. When it starts to get pink, there is a vein that you
will nip if you clip it. It is a little painful, but you
can apply either corn starch or flour to the tip to stop it
from bleeding. Most puppies have 5 toenails. The fifth one
is on the inside, lower down. This tends to be forgotten
about and can curl around into the skin and cause foot
problems. Trip the back nails too. If your dog has black
nails, then just trim the tips off. You should probably
trim the nails about every 3-5 weeks. But the most
important thing is to keep touching the feet as they will
get used to it when they are older. When they get to be
about 80 pounds, you definitely don't want to be wrestling
with her then just to clip the nails.
Bathing is important not just to keep the smell down but
also the bacteria in his skin. Dogs can get bacteria
infections of their skin and need antibiotics for this. By
bathing every other week to at least 1-2 times a month, this
will decrease the risk of any kind of infection.
Feeding is also important on what kind of dog food you
choose. The more expensive dog food is much better for
them, such as Science Diet, Iams, or Eukanuba. Although
these foods may be a little more expensive, they have less
fillers in them so they actually tend to eat less of it. On
the cheaper dog foods, they add filler to "fill them up"
instead of nutrients and dogs will have to eat more of this
food to make up the nutrients they are missing. So in the
long run, you would be saving money and getting better dog
food for them. A good diet for your dog is a key ingredient
to healthy, shiny fur. You can really see a difference and
they will feel it.
Choosing between dry or canned food can be hard. We tend to
believe that they really enjoy canned food. Well, they do
enjoy it but can have problems with their teeth later on.
Canned food tends to stick to their teeth, causing more
tarter buildup, which later on, will need to have more
dentals done. Dentals are when the dog is actually put
under anesthesia and the teeth are cleaned. This can be
relatively expensive and sometimes needed once every 2-3
years when they get older. Dry food actually helps scrape
the tarter off the teeth, so they can actually go through
their life with only 1 maybe 2 dentals versus 6-8 dentals.
Next is Heartworms. Heartworms are actual worms that get
into the blood stream and eventually live in the heart and
lungs. Heartworms are carried by mosquitoes, so 1 mosquito
bite that has bitten another dog that has heartworms can
come over and infect your new dog. Since all it takes is
one bite, your dog is at risk even if he/she lives indoors.
When you let your dog outside to use the bathroom, it can
get bitten. Heartworms are highly popular in most states
but can be prevented with Heartworm Prevention. This is a
prescription that has to be from a Veterinarian. It comes
in many different ways. Some in chewable beef tablets once
a month, some are flavored pills in case they are allergic
to beef, some is topical, and another is a 6-month shot.
All are very safe and works well if you stick with it.
Every year your dog will be tested just in case a dose was
missed. Heartworms can be treated but it is very costly.
Not only is it costly but it is very hard on your dog,
similar to the side effects that chemo is in humans.
Sometimes, they can die during treatments. Most of the time
they tend to do ok. Heartworms is not something that is
found in stool. Heartworms can only be tested by blood.
Internal Parasites: Internal parasites is another name for
worms that can be found in the stool. These are much
different than heartworms and can be picked up from other
dogs or just the ground. Some parasites, puppies are just
born with that the mother has passed on down to them. Their
bellies tend to be bloated looking. Most of the common
worms and parasites that are found in puppies are Hookworms,
Roundworms, Coccidia, and a few others. Some of these
parasites can be transmitted to humans, so it is always a
good idea to wash your hands after handling puppies.
Spaying and Neutering: Spaying and neutering is something
that should always be done. Every year, thousands of dogs
and cats are put to sleep because no body wants them and
there is just no room for them. There are also other
reasons to do so. First of all, your puppy doesn't have to
have a first litter. Your dog can get breast cancer and
endometriosis if your puppy is not spayed. Every time your
dog goes into heat, the risk of breast cancer goes up. The
first time your dog goes into heat, the risk of breast
cancer goes up to 8%. The second time your dog goes into
heat, the risk goes up to 25%, and so on. It is such a risk
that it is best to just get them spayed or neutered.
male dogs, the risk for unneutered males for prostate cancer
is high. They also will start to lift their leg on your
personal items to mark their territory. If you get them
neutered before they raise their leg, then they will never
lift their leg when urinating. By this, you don't have to
be embarrassed when you take your dog out in public, or to
the vet's office. The tendency to roam will decrease which
means they will not get into as many dog fights. Also, the
general level of aggression is also decreased.
are just the basics and you really should have your new dog
or puppy checked out at the Veterinarian, especially before
any kind of pet transport or dog shipping / relocation.
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