There are several factors that go into developing a puppy into a healthy dog; from good hygiene to food sources. Royal Canin delved into these facts and have come up with healthy suggestions for new or returning puppy owners.
Puppy bodies are not just balls of fluff that are to be played with and adored, they are living beings that need care. It is best to develop good methods of care that aide in determining your puppy’s overall welfare.
One of the things that need a lot of attention is a puppy’s ears. There are recommended methods that will help you to prevent infections from forming. The way to do this is to get your puppy used to you looking in their ears; looking for signs of irritation. If you catch it early, you can prevent your puppy from having to deal with a pain or hard-to-treat infections.
There are two types of ears on canines: short and erect or long and floppy. In either case, hair grows in the ears and must be maintained (and many times plucked or thinned out) to help with ventilation purposes. To keep the ear canal clean and clear and do weekly inspections. The best thing to do at the first sign of an infection is to contact your veterinarian.
If there is an infection, use an ear cleaning solution formulated specifically for a puppy. The cleaners were designed to break up wax and liquefying it so that you are able to remove it. Once you clean the ear, the vet may give you ear drops to put into the ear canal.
Your puppy’s eyes may have discharge leaking from them and they must be cleaned of the discharge. Don’t confuse discharge with tear staining which may occur whenever hair rests around your puppy’s eyes and is a result of the hair absorbing the moisture. The best method to clean a puppy’s eyes is to use a saline solution or puppy eyewash; these will not harm or burn your little furball’s eyes.
Just because your dog is young does not mean that they are not susceptible to fleas, ticks and worms. Puppies can pick up parasites the same as a grown dog can. The best thing to do to keep them safe and healthy is to check for ticks after the puppy comes inside from the great outdoors. If a tick is discovered, don’t try to pull the tick off with your fingers. As for worms, this is a discussion you will want to have with your veterinarian; selecting a deworming schedule that is right for both you and your puppy.
If your dog does get a parasite, the pests can affect the puppy’s skin and coat. Fleas are capable of causing eczema, itching or even significant hair/fur loss. You will have to treat both the puppy and your house for fleas since the puppy can get fleas over and over if they have infested your home.
Microchips are a good idea so that your puppy is safe in case he or she breaks free and runs Microchips are basically harmless and contain much needed information to connect a puppy with its owner.
Feed your puppy correctly so it gains proper weight and not too much or too little. Food must be formulated to meet a puppy’s specific needs and not contain a lot of by-products or fillers that will be harmful to the puppy as he or she grows. Also make certain to check with your vet to make certain that your puppy is a proper weight and adjust food accordingly.
Make certain to obtain your pet proper vaccinations. Your vet will be able to advise you as to what will help boost your puppy’s defenses. If you plan on taking your puppy to a dog park, will board the dog or take it to daycare, proof of proper vaccines will be required. Set a schedule with your vet.
Puppies can be spayed or neutered after they are four months of age. If you will not be breeding your dog, it is wise to get them spayed or neutered thus preventing the birth of unwanted pets in the future.
These are but a few of the puppy tips that Royal Canin has suggested and that veterinarians agree with. Look for all of your Royal Canin needs at Spotted Paw in Wheaton, Illinois. They are located at 74 Danada Square West in Wheaton, Illinois.
Looking for a veterinarian? Check out Danada Veterinary Hospital located at 10 West Loop Road in Wheaton or Wheaton Animal Hospital at 266 West Roosevelt Road in Glen Ellyn.