Congratulations on your new puppy! Bringing a wide-eyed, furry little canine into your life is wonderful – but raising a young animal is not without certain challenges. Housebreaking, socialization, and training are all important milestones. Are you prepared to tackle the basics of caring for a new puppy?
You might be surprised at how much time, energy, and money you will spend caring for a new puppy. But rest assured, it’s all worth it! Start by scheduling a wellness exam so we can evaluate your new pet, address any issues, and ensure his or her overall health. We will also discuss the importance of vaccinations, parasite prevention, microchipping, spaying or neutering, and deworming.
The Right Supplies
Our team will review your puppy’s nutritional needs so you can purchase the right food for him or her. Also consider purchasing a nice set of food and water bowls, a leash and collar, ID tags, a crate, bedding, and baby gates (to restrict access to certain parts of your home). Remember, caring for a new puppy typically involves picking up messes, so invest in a good spot cleaner as well!
We recommend a checklist of daily care needs to help you both get into a routine, such as a potty training schedule, meals, grooming, and playtime. When your puppy is old enough, enroll him or her with a trainer and provide opportunities for socialization with other people and pets.
The first few months of your puppy’s life will help shape his or her personality and disposition. Patience and positive reinforcement will go a long way to influencing good behavior, and your puppy will gain confidence from experiencing new sounds, smells, and sights. Teaching your new puppy how to navigate situations (and showing lots of love) will result in a well-behaved, calm dog.
Eyes Wide Open
Caring for a new puppy isn’t always fun and games. The first few months of your puppy’s life are a delicate time since his or her immune system isn’t fully developed. Please call us immediately if you notice any of the following:
- Loss of appetite or difficulty gaining weight
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Inability to eliminate waste
- Any signs of pain
- Respiratory distress with or without nasal discharge
- Eye discharge
- Pale gums
Caring for a New Puppy
Caring for a new puppy can be overwhelming, but your efforts will be rewarded with tail wags, face licks, and heart-warming companionship for years to come.
Molly and Oscar have been patients of Dr. Tullio for several years. I have been very pleased with his care‚ his expertise‚ and his understanding with my two Wheatens. Dr. Tullio has been quick to diagnose any issues and remedy all of the problems we’ve had. I look forward to many more years working with Dr. Tullio. I wish him well in his venture.
When my parents’ dog Kya died very suddenly a few years ago‚ their regular vet was not at work that day. But thankfully‚ Dr. Tullio was and treated my parents and their dog as if he was their doctor for the past 15 years—doing everything he could to try and revive Kya and by being so compassionate to my parents in the waiting room after having to deliver the sad news. We truly can’t say enough nice things about Dr. Tullio and can’t wait for him to open his new facility! Thank you.
—Lori Forrest & Bob Leahy
Dr. Tullio has always treated our dogs with great knowledge‚ care‚ and compassion‚ and we have grown to know him quite well. We have been so completely impressed with Dr. Tullio’s consistent excellence in care and services that we wanted to share our experience with others. We are pleased to recommend as the place to go for both quality treatment and compassionate care for your furry family members.
Doctor Tullio is a kind, caring gentleman who has cared for my cocker spaniels for many years now. He has always been helpful‚ honest‚ and understanding with my pets and me. He is a man I trust completely and have and do refer others to him. Any pet owner can feel safe and secure in trusting their beloved pets to his skilled hands.
—Margaret Rowe‚ Howell‚ NJ