With National Puppy Day on the horizon on March 23rd, it is the perfect time to review a few keys points when it comes to adding a new addition to your home. The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has provided some special care- giving tips for puppies. Like human newborns, puppies need special care.
AVMA Veterinarian, Mitsie Vargas, always says, “Treat your pets like three year olds— they are energetic and will try to get into everything.” There is no denying puppies are adorable, but parenting a new puppy is no walk in the park. The AVMA offers some advice for taking the best possible care of your furry best friend:
First Check-up: Make sure your puppy is up-to-date on their vaccinations. Puppies should be vaccinated starting at six weeks of age.
Tracking (Just in Case): It’s the perfect time to treat your puppy to a new tag, or simply make sure their current tag is up-to-date. It’s always extremely important to make sure your dog tag has your current information, you know… just in case they manage to out run you.
Household Harm: Make sure all poisonous food and chemicals are out of reach. Keep the chocolate, onions, avocados, and many more, away from your canine pal. These foods are toxic for your pet.
Puppy Blues: Learn what signs of illness are common in the first few months of a puppy’s life, as they are more susceptible to ailments.
Potty Training: Establish a bathroom routine. Puppies need housebreaking and a routine established in their early months of age. Setting a schedule will ensure fewer problems with accidents down the road. Be sure to reward them when they make it outside for the bathroom.
Excess Energy: Take your puppy outside and play for a few extra minutes. As long as the temperature keeps rising, there’s no harm in staying out and playing for longer. This keeps your puppy happy and healthy.
Most pet owners typically strive to make sure their pets are healthy, but National Puppy Day offers them the chance to do a little extra!
For more information on how to keep your pet safe and healthy, visit The American Veterinary Medical Association AVMA.org.