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Puppy Care 101


Puppy Care

Puppy care can be a lot of work, but is also quite rewarding. This article should answer a lot of your questions you might have about your new puppy, or the puppy you are thinking about getting. Here we cover the basics you need to know.

Feeding

Most people will have received their puppy after they are weaned. But if you actually need to wean your puppy, starting at about 2-3 weeks of age your puppy should start to eat solid food. Offer the puppies solid food at least three times a day. You can start by offering dry puppy food mixed with some warm water to soften it.

When the puppy reaches about 12 weeks of age, slowly start feeding dry puppy food only twice a day. Only offer the food for about 15 minutes and then take the dish away, to train the dog for eating twice a day. Between 6-9 months of age start mixing puppy food with an adult dog food over the course of a month.

The dry food should be specially formulated for puppies. If you have a large breed puppy feed a large breed formula. But be careful not to over feed large breed dogs. If you do they are more prone to joint and bone problems. Also stay away from a lot of extra treats, and be careful not to over feed your puppy over 6 months of age to prevent obesity.

Vaccines

Vaccinating your puppy is the basis of good puppy care. Vaccines help reduce the risk of you puppy acquiring diseases like parvovirus, distemper, kennel cough, and rabies. Vaccines are given when puppies reach 6-8 weeks of age and are given every 2-4 weeks until the puppy reaches 16-20 weeks of age. Boosters are then needed every one to three years. There are many different vaccine schedules your veterinarian might use. For example you puppy might receive shots at the following ages: 6, 9, 12, and 15 weeks of age.

Puppies are usually vaccinated against: Distemper, Adenovirus (hepatitis), Parvovirus, and Parainfluenza. All of these vaccines are usually combined in one vaccine typically referred to as "the distemper shot." Also depending on where you live, you may also need vaccines against Coronavirus, Giardia, Lyme disease, Leptospirosis, and Bordetella. Also Rabies is needed as well. Usually at sixteen weeks of age, and then boostered a year later, and then boostered one to three years later depending on the local laws and regulations. Rabies vaccine is the only vaccine that you must absolutely get for your dog. Only a veterinarian is licensed to administer rabies vaccine.

Parasites

1. Heartworm prevention Most puppies should be started on a heartworm preventative at least by two months of age. And now in most areas of the United States, it is recommended that heartworm preventative be given all year long, although the risk of getting heartworms is still greatest in the summer months.

Heartworm preventative is usually given monthly in the form of a chewable tablet. The most popular brands are Heartgard and Interceptor. It is important the you give this tablet every month and if you miss a month, to tell your veterinarian.

2. Intestinal Parasites (Worms) It is important that you get your puppy dewormed. Roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, coccidian, and giardia are the most common parasites that can affect your puppy. It is recommended that you have a fecal done on your pet, and then yearly after that.

Deworming medication is commonly placed in heartworm medication these days, these include Heartgard plus and Interceptor. Intestinal parasites can cause diarrhea, weight loss, and death. Tapeworms often found around the anus of your puppy. They look like grains of white rice. These are the egg filled segments of the tapeworm.

3. Fleas and Ticks Most flea products these days are also effective against ticks as well as fleas. The most popular of these is Frontline. It is a medication that is applied once a month to help prevent fleas and ticks. It is a liquid product applied topically to the skin between the shoulder blades.

Grooming

Grooming is also a part of good puppy care. All pets need some degree of grooming. It is an important part of taking care of your new puppy. By starting to brush and bath your puppy while they are young, they will grow accustomed to the contact as they grow up.

Exercise and Training

It is important for you to provide plenty of space for your puppy to run and exercise. Also, now is the right time to begin training your puppy to help avoid unwanted behaviors. Also be sure to avoid taking your puppy to dog parks until after they have had their full series of vaccines.

If you take the time to learn about proper puppy care, you soon will have a healthy happy dog. Take the time to ask lots of question when you see your Veterinarian. They are the best source for puppy care and health information.

Find out what additional steps you can take to help your puppy at http://www.free-online-veterinarian-advice.com

You can submit a question to the veterinarian by clicking here http://www.free-online-veterinarian-advice.com/askavet.html

Chris Suckow, DVM, currently lives and works in Los Angeles.


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Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 17, 2021  Summit Daily News

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Pets of the week: A pretty cat with an independent nature  Duluth News Tribune

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5 Anime Pets Everyone Wants to Adopt (& 5 To Avoid At All Costs)  CBR - Comic Book Resources

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Standard Journal Pets of the Week for the Wednesday, Jan. 20 2021 edition  The Catoosa County News

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Pets to Cheer You Up  NBC New York

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Iowa teen raises $2,000 to provide life-saving devices for pets to fire departments  KCCI Des Moines

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Pets are pandemic winners - News from southeastern Connecticut  theday.com

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Pet Vet: Cold Weather Tips for Pets  WNDU

Pets Page: Columbus Animal Care Services - The Republic
Pets Page: Columbus Animal Care Services  The Republic

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Make Sure Pets Have Proper Shelter, Access to Water this Winter  kciiradio.com

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Addressing backyard pet waste | | news-journal.com  Longview News-Journal

Kearney Area Animal Shelter celebrates milestone of 10,000 pets adopted (so far) - Grand Island Independent
Kearney Area Animal Shelter celebrates milestone of 10,000 pets adopted (so far)  Grand Island Independent

Help new pets adjust when pandemic ends - WDIV ClickOnDetroit
Help new pets adjust when pandemic ends  WDIV ClickOnDetroit

Petco CEO highlights the resiliency of the pet industry as COVID-19 drives increase in adoption - MarketWatch
Petco CEO highlights the resiliency of the pet industry as COVID-19 drives increase in adoption  MarketWatch

See How Kim Kardashian Celebrated Chicago's Birthday, Complete With New Frog Pets - ELLE.com
See How Kim Kardashian Celebrated Chicago's Birthday, Complete With New Frog Pets  ELLE.com

CAPA Pet of the Week: Sheba - Lompoc Record
CAPA Pet of the Week: Sheba  Lompoc Record

Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston Island Humane Society pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

Midlands Humane Society encourages owners to be patient when bringing new pets into their home - The Daily Nonpareil
Midlands Humane Society encourages owners to be patient when bringing new pets into their home  The Daily Nonpareil

Samsung SmartTags find lost pets, keys, more: Price, 2 models, sale date, how they work - CNET
Samsung SmartTags find lost pets, keys, more: Price, 2 models, sale date, how they work  CNET

Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week - Galveston County Daily News
Galveston County Animal Resource Center pets of the week  Galveston County Daily News

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Speaking of Pets: Why it's important to take care of your dog's foot health  Vail Daily News

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Meet the New Celebrity Pets of 2021  PEOPLE

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Robots rising: Firms debut fuzzy pets, household helpers at CES  Al Jazeera English

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Pandemic brings importance of pets into focus  TribLIVE

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Beings of Oregon: H.E.L.P. for pets on the street  The Register-Guard

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PETS OF THE WEEK:Axel, Wilson and Nitro – THE INDEPENDENT  The Independent

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Pets of the Week: Otis and Clyde  Daily Bulldog

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Second Chance Pets: Piper and Mija  KOIN.com

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New PETS Clinic location provides even more services than the first  KAUZ

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Pets with Potential: Meet Oreo Blizzard  WCAX

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The power of pets: Chewy and Petco have become Wall Street darlings  KTVZ

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What To Know Before Giving Your Pet CBD  Benzinga

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Lost Cat, Grey Tabby in Southern Pines | Pets | thepilot.com  Southern Pines Pilot

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Meet Prince William’s Pets: Mandy, from Manassas  Prince William Living

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These Expert Tips Will Help You Easily Make Your Pet Part of Your Wellness Routine in 2021  PEOPLE

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OPINION | DRIVETIME MAHATMA: Peril is real when a pet rides in lap  Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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Looking for a home: Adoptable pets in Lane County  The Register-Guard

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How to get rid of pet hair for good  Chicago Tribune

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Pet food distribution happening Saturday  KOAA.com Colorado Springs and Pueblo News

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SPCA of Westchester-Pets of the Week  River Journal Staff

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'Indoguration Day' nears for Major Biden  NBC News

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Doggie desserts: Ben & Jerry’s enters the pet food business  KPRC Click2Houston

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Young-Williams Pet of the Week: Ziggy  WATE 6 On Your Side

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Make provisions for your pets in case of emergency  yoursun.com

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Milwaukee Pets Who Need A Home: Meet Hamish, Glitter, Trooper $350 & More  Patch.com

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Meet Bean and Burrito, Newswest 9's Pets of the Week  NewsWest9.com

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Good Day Pets – Meet Anise!  KCAU 9

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Portsmouth Pets Who Need A Home: Milkbone, Opie, Otto & More  Patch.com

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A pet duck in Corinna is sporting new wheels  WABI

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Pet Food Recall  Alabama Public Radio

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Damages cap on injured, killed pets would rise to $25K under Md. bill  Maryland Daily Record

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Better Pets of the Week  WFSB

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Pet Wise: The pandemic and the pet boom  Baltimore Sun

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Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 10, 2021  Summit Daily News

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Pets of the week: Nova loves to play and can't wait to go on adventures with you  Victoria Advocate

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What's Best for Our Pets  WHYY

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See The Latest Adoptable Pets At Shelton-Derby Area Shelters  Patch.com

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Pet of the week | Jordan News | swnewsmedia.com  SW News Media

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The 45 best Cleveland Browns fans photos we received: Triplets, pets, newborns, kindergarten Zoom spirit day  cleveland.com

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Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Expands Recall of Pet Food for Aflatoxin Health Risk  FDA.gov

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Jet Pet- Star  YourErie

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Pet cat feared dead in 2018 California mudslide is found alive  NBC News

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ANIMAL WELFARE – Adopt a pet | News | stwnewspress.com  Stillwater News Press

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These adoptable pets could bring light into your life: Jan.: 16-17  SILive.com

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When cold weather comes, pets should come inside too  News8000.com - WKBT

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Fort Wayne Pet Food Pantry prepares to serve more families after record year  wpta21.com

Peril is real when a pet rides in lap - Arkansas Online
Peril is real when a pet rides in lap  Arkansas Online

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Friendswood Animal Control pet of the week | Lifestyle | The Daily News  Galveston County Daily News

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Pet of the Week: 2021 pets  WTOP

Hermitage nonprofit hosts pet food giveaway with local business’ help - WKBN.com
Hermitage nonprofit hosts pet food giveaway with local business’ help  WKBN.com

Cleveland APL Pet of the Weekend: An energetic 3-year-old pupper who loves people and other dogs - News 5 Cleveland
Cleveland APL Pet of the Weekend: An energetic 3-year-old pupper who loves people and other dogs  News 5 Cleveland

Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Posh Pets Rescue on Jan. 15 - News 12 Bronx
Paws & Pals: Dogs up for adoption at Posh Pets Rescue on Jan. 15  News 12 Bronx

Mentor Public Library hosting online pet parade - News-Herald.com
Mentor Public Library hosting online pet parade  News-Herald.com

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Who let the dogs out at CES 2021? The MyQ Pet Portal smart doggie door did  CNET

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Pets of the Week  Clarksville Now

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Pet Wise: Keeping pets and guests safe during unusual holiday season  Baltimore Sun

Colorado Springs area pet organizations | Lifestyle | gazette.com - Colorado Springs Gazette
Colorado Springs area pet organizations | Lifestyle | gazette.com  Colorado Springs Gazette

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Adoptable Pet of the Week — Thor  The Daily World

Furever Friends: Pets available for adoption - WJAC Johnstown
Furever Friends: Pets available for adoption  WJAC Johnstown

So many pets have been adopted during the pandemic that shelters are running out - The Washington Post
So many pets have been adopted during the pandemic that shelters are running out  The Washington Post

Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 3, 2021 - Summit Daily News
Pet Scene: Summit County's adoptable pets for the week of Jan. 3, 2021  Summit Daily News

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Pet talk: Choosing the best diet for your kitten  Marshall News Messenger

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Pets shouldn't wear COVID-19 face masks, but sales are still spiking - Business Insider  Business Insider

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Gallery: Pets of the week: Meet Doughboy  nwitimes.com

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Delilah - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Delilah - 47abc  WMDT

Pet Supplies Plus to open new Lancaster County stores in 3 former Pet Valu locations - LancasterOnline
Pet Supplies Plus to open new Lancaster County stores in 3 former Pet Valu locations  LancasterOnline

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Gilman - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Gilman - 47abc  WMDT

KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Dale - KCBD
KCBD’s Pet of the Day: Meet Dale  KCBD

SPCA Cincinnati Adopt-A-Pet: Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 - WKRC TV Cincinnati
SPCA Cincinnati Adopt-A-Pet: Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021  WKRC TV Cincinnati

Second Chance Pets: Kushina - KOIN.com
Second Chance Pets: Kushina  KOIN.com

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Every NJ pet owner needs to see this  New Jersey 101.5 FM Radio

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Pet-food supplier to build up plant  Arkansas Online

All the pets in the White House over the last 40 years - Euronews
All the pets in the White House over the last 40 years  Euronews

Do we need a COVID-19 vaccine for pets? - Science Magazine
Do we need a COVID-19 vaccine for pets?  Science Magazine

Wildlife experts caution pet owners to be cautious as coyotes are more active - WKBN.com
Wildlife experts caution pet owners to be cautious as coyotes are more active  WKBN.com

Pet food recall expanded after more than 70 dogs die - Wink News
Pet food recall expanded after more than 70 dogs die  Wink News

Pets on the Plaza: Meet Ally - 47abc - WMDT
Pets on the Plaza: Meet Ally - 47abc  WMDT

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I Could Watch Videos of This Cat Baking in a Mini Chef's Hat All Day Long  POPSUGAR

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‘Pandemic pet’: Critter community’s arguably appropriate Word of the Year  Long Beach Post

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Limelight Pet Project: Meet Gracie and Charlie  Q13 FOX (Seattle)

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