Getting a new puppy is something that is incredibly fun and exciting because you are adding a new member to your family. However, with all of the fun and excitement comes a lot of responsibility. You are now in charge of the life of this puppy, and you need to do everything that you can to make sure that they are as happy and as healthy as possible.
This article will discuss 3 things that you should do soon after getting your puppy:
Take Them In For An Initial Check Up
It is very important that you take your puppy into the vet for a check-up soon after you get them because you want to make sure that they don't have any underlying health issues. The doctor will check your puppy's teeth, bones, ears, eyes, stomach, and let you know if they see any issues. They will also check to see if your puppy has worms.
A de-wormer will then be given to either get rid of your puppy's worms, or ensure that they don't get them. If your puppy has not received their first set of shots, your vet will also give your puppy these pet vaccinations at this time.
Get Them Tags Or Some Other Type Of Identification
To ensure that your puppy will be found if they happen to get out and run away, you will want to place some type of identification on them. Generally, you can get tags with your dog's name, and your number on them made for your dog very easily.
You will simply want to attach these to your puppy's collar, making it easy for strangers to contact you if your puppy runs away.
However, if you feel that the tags aren't enough, you can have your puppy microchipped. This microchip can be scanned to see who the owner is if your dog gets lost, and some of them can even have some type of tracking device inside of them, so that you can track your puppy if they run away or get lost.
Spay Or Neuter Them
As soon as your puppy is old enough, it is wise to spay or neuter them, if you don't plan on breeding them. If you have a male dog, you should neuter your dog around 6-9 months. That way they are neutered before they mature, and you can avoid having them run off to find female dogs in heat. If you have a female dog, you will also want to spay them around 6-9 months, because this is when they will begin to mature. This is a simple day surgery, and your dog will heal within a couple of days.