Do you think it’s time to add a puppy to your family? There are many things to consider when adding what you hope will be a loving, long lasting member of your family. Let’s discuss some of the most important things to consider before you make this addition.
First and foremost, don’t buy on impulse. All puppies are cute and adorable and sweet. Not all are an ideal fit for your situation. You need to evaluate several factors when choosing what type of dog you want.
Ask yourself these questions and take your answers into consideration when making your decision:
"Don’t buy on impulse. All puppies are cute and adorable and sweet.
Once you have decided on the type of dog, you need to determine whether you are looking for a puppy or an adult. Puppies will require additional time in the beginning for house-training, socialization and some obedience. Most adult dogs are already house-trained, know some commands and usually adapt well to new homes. Once the decision is made, begin researching breeds or visiting rescues and shelters in your area. Usually, a pure bred dog will be more expensive to purchase but you will know much more about his or her history and lineage. Don't forget to use us and the local AKC breeders as a resource in your search. You will find that certain breeds have certain characteristics, and even medical issues, that may rule them out for your family. Always take these into consideration even if the "cute factor" is off the charts! Also, there are typically breed specific rescue organizations, as well as size specific organizations that will help place rescued dogs. These dogs make wonderful pets. Contact us for more information on these groups or try simply searching the internet!
So... you know what you want. When you being visiting, you should look for a dog (puppy) that is bright eyed, has a nice hair coat and is well nourished. It is always nice to see the parents of a puppy to gauge temperament. Sometimes, rescue dogs may have had some rough experiences and may be shy or timid. However, most rescue organizations we work with are very careful to only place these dogs in situations that will lead to success for pet and owner alike. Do not be surprised if the breeder or rescue folks question you as much as you question them. Their goal is to place the dog in the most ideal environment possible.
"Complete vaccination, deworming and heartworm preventative are critical for puppies, especially in our part of the country."
The day finally comes and you’re ready to bring your puppy home. You want to make sure you know the medical history and vaccination status of your pup regardless of age. Gather this information and head to your veterinarian where they can do a well puppy/dog check up and be sure all vaccinations are in order. Complete vaccination, deworming and heartworm preventative are critical for puppies, especially in our part of the country. We recommend a series of puppy vaccinations involving four distemper/parvo and a single rabies and bordetella. Viral disease (parvo), intestinal parasites and heartworms are responsible for the deaths of many puppies every year. Visit your veterinarian to see how we can help you give your dog a long life.
We are dedicated to serving you and your dog for life. This relationship between dog and family can be very special. Many health problems can be avoided. Preventative care is the key. We are here to help. Contact us with all your needs concerning your pets. And remember to spay and neuter to avoid unwanted litters and a healthy long life!
Dr. Murray, Dr. Burns, and Dr. Morgan will share some of their knowledge on subjects that most pet owners have questions about!
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