PUPPY CARE GUIDE
Your puppy will come with a complete head to toe health exam from our certified veterinarian. The exam will include; weighing your puppy, checking for normal temperature, listening for an irregular heartbeat, checking for ear infections, checking genitals for any abnormalities, examining the eyes for clarity, checking the coat and skin for any abnormalities and checking the knee joints for luxating patellas.
Your puppy's fecal will be checked and cleared for parasites such as; Round, Hook and Whip Worms as well as Coccidia and Giardia. (Please Note) Although we pretreat for the Coccidia and Giarda parasites as a preventative measure, we do not guarantee your puppy will not show signs of the parasite after you get your puppy home. These intestinal parasites are quite common when puppies are stressed during transition to new homes. Please follow up with your vet asap if your puppy ever develops loose stools that won't go away or contains blood or mucus.
Your puppy will receive the first puppy vaccination which prevents Canine Distemper, Adenovirus Type 2, (CAV-2 cross protection CAV-1), Parainfluenza and Parvovirus (MLV). Your puppy will need additional vaccinations plus rabies to complete series for the first year of your puppy's life. Please make sure you have an appointment scheduled for your puppy prior to your puppy's arrival. PLEASE DO NOT....Take your puppy to pet stores, parks or any other public areas until all puppy vaccinations have been completed. DO NOT....put your puppy down on the floor at a vets office or walk your puppy on a leash through your neighborhood until vaccinations are completed. The most serious life threatening viruses such as Parvo and Distemper, can live in an environment for many months and can still be highly contagious. Many puppy viruses can simply be contracted by walking on the ground where an infected pet has been.
It will be your responsibility to continue to keep up the health care of your puppy as required on our HEALTH CONTRACT. This includes regular health exams, parasite prevention and vaccinations given by a certified veterinarian. We highly recommend adding an extra layer of protection for your puppy by investing in pet insurance. Cost are usually around $20-$30 a month and can provide great coverage for assisting in expenses for routine care, emergency visits and unexpected accidents.
YOUR PUPPY'S NUTRITION
SCIENCE DIET Healthy Development Formula dry puppy food is what we feed our puppies. We encourage you to keep your puppy on this brand of food for the first 6 months of your puppy's life. Science Diet is vet recommended kibble and can be easily purchased at your vets office, online or at any major retail pet stores. We suggest ordering online from CHEWY. This online pet supply store will ship your puppy's food straight to your door and you can always enjoy free 1-3 day shipping on any orders over $49.
We recommend feeding your puppy twice a day Morning/Evening pulling food up after each feeding. If you find your puppy is not eating enough at each feeding, you can switch to 3 times a day. Fresh tap or filtered water should always be available for your puppy. When you puppy reaches 6 mos. of age we recommend you switch over to an adult food. If you decide to switch to another brand of dog food, we recommended you do it gradually over a 2-3 wk. period.
NUVET SUPPLEMENTS are highly recommended for your puppy's complete nutritional health. We believe every dog should be given a vitamin and mineral supplement for its lifetime! Nuvet is the #1 vitamin and mineral supplement on the market made in a pharmaceutical facility using FDA human grade ingredients. There is no better product on the market to keep your pet in the best health possible for its lifetime.
We believe in this product so much that we will extend your puppy's health guarantee from 1 yr. to 3 yrs. as long as they are kept on Nuvet for the entire contractual period. We suggest ordering ahead of your puppy's arrival so that you have it on hand when you get your puppy home. Click the link for ordering information.
Our puppies will generally have a low to non shedding, shaggy coat that will require weekly brushing. They should be thoroughly bathed and groomed a minimum of every 2-3 months. This routine should start at a very early age so that they are totally relaxed and comfortable with the whole process.
GROOMING SHOULD ALSO INCLUDE....
*Keeping hair free from the eyes.
*Weekly nail trims
*Expression of anal glands
*Grooming potty trails
*Bi-yearly teeth cleaning by a certified vet
*Ear cleaning and maintenance is a must! You should have the hair removed from your puppy's ear canal by your vet or groomer. The canals should be kept clean and dry at all times to prevent ear infections. Please consult with your vet if there is a yeasty or foul smell coming from the ear canal. Your vet can recommend a anti fungal wash to keep your puppy's ears nice and healthy.
We can't stress enough how important it is to give your new puppy plenty exercise for optimal health. It is important to learn their limitations so that you can prevent injuries and heartache down the road. Running on slick floors or climbing stairs can be damaging to puppy's joints and ligaments so it is very important to limit those activities until your puppy has matured.
Short walks through the neighborhood, Playing fetch in the yard or taking trips to the dog park are great ways to keep your puppy exercised and happy. Introducing your puppy to water at an early age is highly recommended and swimming is one of the best ways to exercise a young puppy's joints.
Introducing your puppy to car rides, strange places, strange noises, unfamiliar people, and other pets/animals are just a few ways to socialize your puppy. Make sure your puppy has has its full set of vaccinations before scheduling play dates or visiting dog parks.
Preventing early behavior problems before they start is the key to a happy life with your dog. The first year of your puppy's life requires a good deal of time and energy. It is up to you to help your puppy become a well behaved family member.
Enrolling your puppy in training/obedience classes when they are of appropriate age can be beneficial especially if you have children. Please research and find a professional trainer that can provide you their credentials.