New Puppy ChecklistAlthough getting a new puppy is exciting, it can also be overwhelming. Here are our suggestions for things you need before you take your new puppy home!
Something to Sleep InThe puppy will be more comfortable with a carrier to sleep in. Make it large enough that they can turn around and sleep but not so big that they can have a bathroom at one end and a sleeping area at the other.
Food and Water BowlsYou will want to get food and water bowls for your puppy and a food mat so that everyone knows where the food and water is. The mat is easier to clean and makes it less likely someone will stumble over the bowl. If you have a large breed puppy, they grow fast! Make sure the bowl size is suitable for a fast-growing pet. We can help you find the right bowl size if you need.
Leashes or LeadsLeashes or leads are best for security. The show leads are great as they slip over the head, adjust with age and cannot be easily slipped. They work great for leash breaking because the puppy quickly learns that if they slack the leash, it lightens the pull on their neck.
Appetite and Vitamin TreatmentA vitamin supplement will keep appetite up during the first few months when growth is constant and fast.
- Small breeds will benefit from a high energy supplement, like Doc Roy's® Forti Cal™, three times a day for one week and then daily for a second week. The high calorie keeps them from becoming hypoglycemic and the vitamin in the Forti Cal keeps their appetites up.
- Large breeds need support for bone growth. The first eight months of fast growth can challenge a large breed dog. They benefit from bone support during that time. Doc Roy's® Healthy Bones is a vitamin mineral supplement that will assure uninterrupted bone growth.
ProbioticsGI upsets are common when changing homes or diet. It's better to prevent rather than wait for an issue to happen! Give them Doc Roy's® GI Synbiotics daily for the first two weeks as a preventive. For the first two weeks, sprinkle the powder on food or feed the gel directly in the mouth. After two weeks the puppy will acclimate to his new schedule and be less likely to have issues. Keep GI Synbiotics on hand to treat any tummy upsets you may encounter in the future. Use twice a day when having tummy issues, then once a day for one week after recovery. Use daily for several days any time you change food to avoid seeing digestive problems.
If you need tips on dealing with "puppy behavior" or effectively housebreaking a puppy, check out My Puppy Guide, which helps new owners through common new puppy issues during the first 30 to 60 days.
If you need help, call us at 800.786.4751.
Don Bramlage, DVM, Former Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health
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