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Tips For Taking Care of a Puppy

Aug 5, 2008
If you have young children at home there is no doubt you know how wonderful the experience of bringing home a new puppy can be. Watching your kids' faces light up with smiles and watching them play with their new friend is heartwarming. However, your children will need to be taught how to properly take care of their new pets. Here are a few tips for you and your kids to help you take the best care of your puppy that you can.

The first tip for taking care of your puppy is to make sure that you keep your puppy warm. Puppies can't regulate their body temperatures so they need to be kept warm as much as possible. The best way to do this is to use an electric blanket that warms up. Place this under half of your puppy's bedding. If your pup gets overheated he or she can move to the unheated side to bring down their temperature.

If you have a whole litter of puppies you'll want to start to find them each good homes by around 8 weeks old. By this time the pups are no longer completely dependent on their mom for food, as they are able to eat puppy chow. If you are looking to bring a puppy home this is the age you want your puppy to be. Before you bring him or her home you'll want to make sure that you have all that you need ready for your new furry friend.

You'll need to have a place where your pet can sleep, eat, and do other activities safely. You should pick a corner of your home that is out of the way and make sure you mark it off so your puppy can't get out. This is to help keep your new family member safe and secure. This will also keep your puppy from teething on your things, such as your shoes.

Your puppy will need a comfortable place to sleep as well. One of the most comfortable beds you can make for your pup is a cardboard box that is cut to be low walled. Your puppy will be able to get in and out of bed easily while they are still very young.

It's no surprise that puppies crave a lot of attention. One of the best puppy care tips is to take some time out of your day and just play around with your puppy. Your puppy may not like your children or other pets right off the bat. You should try and allow them to play around one another in a setting where you can keep your eye on your puppy and your kids. After a short time your puppy will love their new playmates and have a lot of fun with them.

It's important to take your puppy to the vet for all of his vaccinations and checkups. Make sure your pup is always up to date on his or her vaccinations or else your puppy could contract a disease that could seriously injure your dog or even be fatal.

Remember that the best thing you can do for your puppy is to love him or her and spend time with them. Taking care of a puppy can be a lot of work, but the rewards are well worth the work. These are just a few tips to help you and your family gives your brand new puppy all the care and love he or she needs to be a genuine part of your family.
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The Author is the owner of the pet health and insurance site named PetInsurancePro.com where he shares a lot more information on pet health, pet fitness and pet longevity. Read the latest article on Insurance for a VIP Pet .
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