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2050 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, Georgia 30045

Puppy Care Tips

September 15 2016

Has a new puppy recently joined your household? That’s wonderful! We love watching puppies grow from adorable little furballs into happy, healthy adult dogs. Puppyhood is a crucial time in your pet’s life, however, so you’ll need to put in some time and effort into getting your little buddy started out on the right paw in life. Read on as a Lawrenceville, GA vet offers some puppy care tips.


Training


Your cute new pet has lots to learn! In addition to house training and crate training, your puppy will need to learn basic obedience commands like Sit, Stay, Heel, Come, and Lay Down. Start school right away!


Diet


Proper nutrition is essential during this crucial phase of your furry pal’s life. Puppies grow very quickly! Ask your vet for nutritional advice, including portion sizes, safe and unsafe foods, and suitable treats.


Wellness Care


Little Fido will need to see the vet a few times while he’s little. A thorough exam is in order, as are microchipping, vaccinations, and spay or neuter surgery. You’ll also want to get your canine buddy used to having his teeth brushed, taking baths, and having his nails clipped. Ask your vet for recommendations.


Puppy Proofing


Your curious ball of fur will want to investigate anything and everything in his new home, and he’ll be particularly interested in figuring out which items taste good. This can be very dangerous! Remove or secure toxic plants; chemicals; wires and cords; plastic bags, wrappers, and ties; medicine; and any small or sharp objects.


Socialization


Socialization is very important to little Fido’s mental and emotional development. You’ll need to take time to expose your pet to new places and faces while he’s little, so he grows up to be friendly and trusting. You can take your furry pal to a park or mall, and let people pet him; have a puppy party; or even enroll him in a good puppygarten class. Ask your vet for more information.


Tail Wags And Puppy Kisses


Now for the fun stuff! Enjoy this adorable stage of your pet’s life. Play with little Fido, talk to him, and offer lots of belly rubs. Don’t forget to take lots of pictures! It’s a beautiful thing to watch a baby dog grow into a loving, faithful friend and companion.


Do you have questions about puppy care? Contact us, your Lawrenceville, GA animal clinic, today!

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