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Basic Health Check for New Puppies

So you’ve decided to get a puppy! You feel as though you have “puppy-proofed” your house, and have bought lots of fun toys for your new pet. This little puppy will bring you a lot of joy, and in return, you must be ready to commit to your pet’s long-term health, happiness, and quality of life. This can be easily achieved by providing good nutrition, a safe and loving environment and regular checkups with your veterinarian.

Spaying or Neutering

Many vets believe in spaying or neutering your puppy. Not only reduce unwanted pet populations, but it also makes for easier-to-live-with pets. Spayed female dogs are more friendly and relaxed, and neutered male dogs are less aggressive. Plus, these treatments minimize the chances or your pet’s risks of cancer in the reproductive organs.

Puppy Basic Health Check

Your new puppy should visit a vet right away. The first visit will include procedures such as a throughout physical examination, internal and external check for parasites, blood test, initial vaccinations, and a discussion about spaying/ neutering.

The first health check will give your vet a good idea of your new pet’s overall health. The vet will also be able to provide valuable information such as proper diet and care.

Make Your Puppy Feel At Home

First, show your puppy special places like where he can eat, sleep, use the bathroom, and allow him some time to explore his new environment. If you have young children in the home, be sure to explain to them the puppy is not a toy and is a living being to be treated with dignity and respect. At 8 weeks old, puppies are capable of learning specific lessons, so start house breaking your puppy and teaching him/her simple obedience commands. Your dog will find learning fun, easy and with positive reinforcement, will remember your lessons well.

Your Geriatric Dog

The best time to start caring for your aging pet is right away! Starting off your dog’s life with proper diet, exercise, vet visits and loving care will ensure his longevity. However, as your dog ages, his metabolism will change much like humans. Pay attention to your dog’s behavior and consult your vet for more information.

What You Can Do At Home

Check your dog’s mouth, eyes and ears regularly. Watch for loose teeth, swelling or discharge.
Keep your pets bed clean and warm. Proper grooming will make sure you detect any lumps or sores and keep his coat healthy. Finally, always ensure there is fresh water available to your dog.

Common Issues

Obesity is a large health risk for your dog. An older dog is less active, so adjust your pet’s diet accordingly. Obesity puts strain on joints, internal organs, and more. Other diet changes include increasing fiber, fatty acids, and vitamins. Reduce sodium, excess protein and fats.
Arthritis can range from slight discomfort to total debilitation. An exercise program can be adjusted to this condition. Your vet can also recommend medication for your animal to take.
Hot and cold can affect smaller or older dogs. During colder months, move your dog’s bed towards a heater, and never leave your dog in a hot car during summer months.
Tooth lose not only makes it harder for your dog to chew but also increases the chances of infection and tumors. Proper dental care is important.
Prostate enlargement is mostly diagnosed in unneutered or unsprayed pets. Have the prostate examined during regular check-ups.
Separation Anxiety prevents itself in older dogs who can no longer handle fear.