Are you adopting a puppy? Congrats! This definitely counts as a major life event in our book. Gotcha Day is a big deal for little Fido, regardless of whether you’re getting him from a private seller, breeder, or shelter. It’s important to let the little guy get started out on the right paw in his new home. A Fort Myers, FL vet offers some tips on how to do that in this article.
First and foremost, make sure that your home is safe for your canine buddy. Remove or secure potential dangers, such as small or sharp objects, items with ropes and cords, and anything that could be toxic. Ask your vet for specific advice.
Have everything ready and waiting for your little buddy. Be sure to buy things that are the right size for little Fido. Something made for a Chihuahua puppy will be inappropriate for a Saint Bernard. Your shopping list should include toys, bedding, treats, grooming supplies, chew toys, a few good leashes, a collar or harness, and dishes. We also recommend getting a crate. Buy one based on your furry pal’s expected adult size; otherwise you’ll be replacing it within a few months.
It’s best to have your canine friend confined to one room or area at first, as he adjusts. This goes double for people who have other pets. Choose a spot where the little guy can see and hear you, but isn’t isolated or surrounded by commotion.
It’s important to get your new pet started out on his regular doggy routine as soon as possible. That stability will help little Fido feel safe and secure. It will also help with training. Walk, feed, and play with your furry buddy at the same time every day.
One of the first things you’ll want to do is schedule a veterinary appointment. We recommend that all dogs be fixed, microchipped, and kept current on all of their exams, vaccines, and parasite control. You may need to bring your pup in several times over the first few months, as some things, such as certain vaccines, must happen in series. Ask your vet to recommend an appointment schedule.
Please do not hesitate to contact us, your Fort Myers, FL animal clinic, with any questions or concerns about your cute pet’s health or care. We’re here for you!