Did you know that March 23rd is National Puppy Day? If you own or plan on adopting one, then there are some things you should know about their care. Besides being cute and providing loving company, puppies require a lot of training and care to be healthy. Our veterinarians want to share a few tips to help you.
Caring for Your Pup
Along with a healthy diet, puppies also need proper socialization with both humans and dogs. Without these things, he/she can become aggressive and/or disobedient.
- Provide a spacious crate for your puppy where he/she can easily relax.
- Offer playtime so your pup learns to be friendly and loving.
- Regularly exercise with your puppy to avoid medical and behavioral problems caused by a sedentary lifestyle. This can include fetching, running around, or even taking him/her on a walk with you.
Get Him/Her Microchipped
If your puppy happens to get lost, a microchip can be scanned to identify him/her. Microchips use radio frequency identification (RFID) that’s unique to your pet and includes your contact information. Please know that microchips cannot be tracked through GPS.
Get Him/Her Vaccinated
Has your puppy been vaccinated? These shots protect your puppy’s immune system and develop antibodies to protect him/her from disease. Only a veterinarian can tell you which vaccines are appropriate. Vaccinations are given starting at 6 to 8 weeks.
Contact Valley Animal Hospital
If you’re looking for vets that treat their patients like family, then Valley Animal Hospital is waiting! Contact our veterinarians online or by phone at (956) 787-2709 to set up an appointment.