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10 TIPS FOR RAISING A HEALTHY PUPPY


Puppy Tip #1

Regular Veterinary Visits

Your puppy should see the veterinarian several times during the first 4 to 5  months of life. Then yearly for the rest of his/her life. So important to establish this relationship with your veterinarian, this will be your pet's best advocate for proper health and behavior care.

Puppy Tip #2

Complete Set Of Vaccinations

Many diseases can threaten your puppy, but are preventable with a series of vaccinations. Consult with your veterinarian to determine a timeline on the proper  vaccines to be given and when. Proper immunizations are based on the pet's individual exposure risk. 

Puppy Tip #3

Spaying Or Neutering

This simple procedure can help prevent some diseases later in life, such as reproductive cancers and infection. It can also help to prevent unwanted behaviors related to hormones. Most importantly it helps to reduce overpopulation.

Puppy Tip #4

Proper Socialization 

Providing regular socialization to your puppy is very important to his or her development. Is recommended to start training classes once the series of puppy vaccines are complete, should be around 4 months of age. Consult with your veterinarian on the proper time to start.



Puppy Tip #5

House Training

Consistency is key to successful potty training. Make a schedule that works with your daily routine and stick to it. Pet's need that routine and repetition. Also highly recommend crate training, your veterinarian should have a hand out. Potty and crate training go hand in hand

Puppy Tip #6

Dental Care

Periodontal disease is one of the most common afflictions in dogs. Bacteria starts to form on teeth within the first years of life. If left untreated, this bacteria gets into the blood stream and can affect the entire body system. Consult with your veterinarian on proper dental care and maintenance.

Puppy Tip #7

Diet & Exercise

Choosing a proper diet is essential for your puppy's nutrition and development. There are many types of dog food on the market. Always consult with your veterinarian on brand and amount that should be fed. Provide fresh water at all times, especially when it is hot out. Regular exercise can prevent obesity and promote good behavior. Always have a properly fitted collar with identification on your pet.

Puppy Tip #8

Protection From Household Dangers

Puppy proof your house, as they are curious and will investigate everything! Keep all chemical and food toxins away from your puppy. Chemicals consisting of antifreeze, bleach and other household cleaners should be locked away. The most common food toxins are grapes, raisins, onions, chocolate and xylitol (commonly found in sugar free gum and certain brands of peanut butter)



Puppy Tip #9

Companionship

Remember, your puppy would rather be playing with you than just about anything else. Show your puppy the attention and praise they need to maintain good behavior. Be the leader  they look up to, respect and love. Also be sure your puppy has the proper toys and activities to keep them busy while you are away.

Puppy Tip #10

Year-Round Parasite Prevention

Fleas, Ticks, Heartworm and Internal Parasites....these are all things that your puppy will need protection from. Consult with your veterinarian on the proper flea, tick, heartworm and parasite control and what age your pet should start the prevention.

Recommended Veterinarian 

For South Bay in California

COUNTRY HILLS ANIMAL CLINIC

2919 Rolling Hills Road

Torrance , CA 90505

310-539-3851

Recommended Emergency Clinic

For South Bay in California

ACCESS Specialty Animal Hospital


2551 West 190th Street

Torrance, CA 90504

310-320-8300