If you’re one of the many families that succumbed to your child’s wishes for a puppy for Christmas, first of all, congratulations on your new family member! It’s now your job to take proactive steps to give your puppy the best life possible. We’re sure you have the playing, cuddling, and wet kisses under control, but there’s more to making sure a puppy grows up to be emotionally and physically strong.
Age-appropriate diet for puppies
Nutrition is the cornerstone of a healthy puppy. Puppies are growing every day, and they’re going to need extra vitamins and minerals to give their bones, brain, and organs a chance to grow strong. Starting your puppy on a raw diet from the beginning will give them the best start in life, and set the stage for a long, healthy life.
Talk to your vet to find an age- and species-appropriate raw diet for your new puppy.
Worming and vaccinations
Once you’ve gotten the right diet in place, it’s time to get your puppy the core vaccinations, working towards immunization. You’ll also need to talk to your vet about the appropriate worming schedule for your puppy. Having a stool test will determine which parasites you’ll need to treat.
Natural tick and flea medication
Treating parasites and immunizing your pet means a lot of trips to the vet. Whenever possible, to limit the amount of pharmaceuticals, toxins, and chemicals you expose your puppy to, we recommend looking for natural remedies to common puppy problems. Ticks and fleas are inevitable, but there are plenty of natural tick and flea medications that can keep your pet free of bloodsuckers, while also protecting them from harmful poisons and chemicals.
Get your puppy a new collar
No puppy is prouder than the day they get their first collar and name tag. It’s a badge of honor, so head to your favorite pet store (we suggest your local one!) and pick up some fun collars, leashes, and harnesses. Then, grab the whole family and head to the park, of course!
How much play is too much?
While your puppy is growing, you need to remember that their muscles and bones are still developing. Talk to your vet about the right amount of exercise for your puppy. Too much could put a strain on their little bones and cause problems in the future.