Puppy Health Care – Quick Guide to Best Practices

2. His Vaccinations.

When you first take you r puppy to the vet he will be able to give a specific schedule and choice you have for your puppy’s vaccinations. There are some vaccinations that are compulsory, but there are those that are entierely your choice – your vet will help you decide what suits you best.

Here are some of the available vaccinations for more serious diseases, but make sure you ask your vet for more specific advice for basic vaccinations for your puppy’s health care needs.Distemper vaccination – canine distemper is a very deadly viral dog disease. Some pet owners usually find out too late. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for it so prevention is still your best weapon.
Parvovirus vaccination – young pups are usually afflicted by this disease. It’s a highly communicable disease so in order to protect your dog, and other dogs in your neighborhood as well, have your dog vaccinated for parvovirus.Adenovirus vaccination – Dogs contract hepatitis due to canine adenovirus. Your dog should get adenovirus shots to prevent him from getting this disease.


A word of warning: Be aware of what some of the signs are for an allergic reaction to vaccinations. If your dog becomes sluggish or develops hives, or has difficulty breathing, take him to the vet immediately! Now obviously your vet is highly trained, but things happen – and it’s better that you’re prepared on the odd chance that they do.

3. His Grooming.

Coat, teeth, ears and nails – these comprise an important aspect of grooming and of your puppy’s health care. Your puppy will not only look healthy, but it will FEEL healthy too.Coat – If he has a long or medium length coat brush it every day to avoid hair tangling and matting. For short coats – once every 3-4 days will do.Ears – Clean his ears with moist cotton balls twice a month at least. If you don’t clean your dog’s ears, it could lead to an ear infection – it’s not pleasant for your pooch, and it will cost you to take him to the vet.Teeth – Unlike humans, dogs don’t need their teeth cleaned every day – thank goodness; about twice a week will do. But like humans, your dog can develop cavities if you don’t brush his teeth regularly, so make it an appointment with you doggy friend.Nails – Don’t let your dog’s nails grow too long to prevent him from accidentally scratching you or any family members.


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