Essential Puppy Health Tips
Having a new puppy can be one of the greatest experiences ever! At the same time, it's also a huge responsibility and there are some essential puppy health considerations to know about to ensure you set your new precious puppy up for a happy and healthy life.
Puppy Health Signs To Spot First
The first thing to do when you get your brand new puppy, is to check her for any signs of bad health. These could include a sniffling snout, runny eyes, no energy at all, any signs of blood or other bodily fluids that shouldn't be there, any bumps or cuts, etc.
Signs that your puppy is in good health include bright, alert eyes, a moist (not running) snout, a shiny coat and that sweet puppy smell.
The best thing you can do for your puppy's health, is to prevent her from getting any diseases for which she can get vaccinated against.
Your new puppy should have had a round or more of vaccinations already by the time she comes home with you. Be sure to ask the place you're adopting or buying her from to give you her certificate which will show which vaccinations she has had. You will need to take her annually after the first year, so be sure to keep her vaccination record safe and updated.
Food For Thought
One of the best things you can do for your puppy is to give her a great, balanced diet. Your best bet is to consult with your vet on what your puppy needs.
Also, consider adding Health Nut's Gelatin Powder for Pets to your puppy's diet from the get-go, so that she can derive health benefits like strong ligaments, muscles, and tendons, great-looking skin and coat. Our gelatin powder could also protect her from hip dysplasia, seizures and brain damage.
Keep It Clean
Your new little furball will get very dirty in those early puppy stages. This is because they're still figuring out the potty training thing and they're also equally excited about everything from rolling in mud (or worse!), pouncing through puddles, and all other things that get puppies very dirty.
You will need to start grooming your puppy from early on to avoid any health issues caused by bacteria from dirt and other substances that can get caught in your puppy's fur, eyes, snout, nails, ears, and coat.
It's important to clean your puppy with the proper shampoo that won't cause their sensitive puppy skin to become dry and irritated, so be sure to consult your vet about which products to use to ensure the safety of your new pet.
Your puppy will have a lot of energy, so getting her to exercise shouldn't be too hard. It's important to be aware of your puppy's breed-specific needs and things to look out for.
Larger breeds can, for instance, not be run when they're puppies as this could cause more strain on their already strained frames that are struggling to keep up with the accelerated growth.
Other breeds, like French bulldogs and pugs, have respiratory issues to consider. So, when they're puppies they should be monitored closely when they're running and playing, to ensure they don't get heat stroke from not being able to breathe properly.