Fun and Easy Guide to Puppy Health

Bringing home a new puppy is like getting a furry bundle of joy! But keeping them healthy? That’s where this guide comes in handy. Let’s dive into the world of puppy health in a way that’s as easy as playing fetch!

Understanding Puppy Parasites: The Lowdown

Okay, so here’s the scoop: puppies get parasites. Yep, those tiny troublemakers like to crash the puppy party. Staying on top of this is your key to success! These parasites like to show their ugly heads mainly when your pup gets stressed or their immune system takes a snooze. Even after a deworming dose, some parasites can play hide-and-seek in your pup’s body, waiting for the perfect moment to cause mischief. Stress and illness are the most common things that wake these critters up.  

Proactive Steps for a Healthy Pup

Creating a Zen Den: Picture this – a calm, peaceful oasis for your pup. Keep the noise down and the chill vibes up, especially during those first few days at home. Too much commotion or a crowd of new faces can stress your pup out, giving those pesky parasites an opening.

Snooze Time is Prime Time: Puppies need their beauty sleep, just like the rest of us. Let them snooze undisturbed, so they wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the day (or chase their tail). Waking a sleeping pup can be stressful for them, not to mention can create a grumpy, tired pup who might not be the best companion until they are well rested.

Tummy Troubles? No Problem:  Stress can turn a pup’s stomach into a rollercoaster ride. If your pup’s tummy is doing somersaults, try serving up some bland food like boiled meat and rice or canned pumpkin to settle things down.

Foodie Fun:  When in doubt, watch what goes in and out! Skip the treats and bones if your pup’s stomach is feeling queasy. Stick to a balanced diet and maybe throw in some probiotics for good measure.

Vet Visit:  When you take your puppy to the vet for their healthy puppy visit, tell your vet what dewormers your puppy has had and ask for the next scheduled dose and when to give it. Our puppies are dewormed several times before they go home, so hang onto their medical records and bring them to the vet when you schedule their first appointment.

Signs to Look Out For

1. Poo Problems:  Keep an eye on your pup’s poop – it can tell quite a tale! If you spot anything funky like mucus or blood, it’s time to call in the pup medic (a.k.a., the vet).

2. Energy Drop: Is your pup feeling a bit lethargic or lackluster? If your pup’s energy levels are more snooze fest than zoomies,make sure they are drinking water and eating. If this doesn’t restore their normal energy level, it’s probably time for a vet visit.

3. Vomit Villain: Uh-oh, if your pup’s tossing their kibble or having trouble with their bathroom breaks, you don’t need to hit the panic button, just call the vet.

4. Hydration Hero: Liquidy poop can zap your pup’s hydration levels faster than you can say “fetch!” Keep those water bowls full and if things don’t improve, a trip to the vet is in order.

By following these paw-some steps and staying vigilant for any signs of trouble, you’ll keep your pup wagging their tail and living their best life. Thanks for being a top-notch pet parent – now go enjoy some puppy cuddles! 🐾