Taking Great Care of Your Puppy or Dog

Many American households keep at least one pet, and dogs and cats are the two most popular species to keep today. As of now, estimates say that there’s as many as 75 million pet dogs in the United States, more than any other singe nation. Dog owners may take great pride in their pets, whether they’re bred from a local dog, a rescued stray, or a pedigree dog of a pure breed. Dog owners may regularly take their pets to veterinary clinics for regular checkups and medicine, and this is especially true for puppies who haven’t yet had this kind of care. Such specialized puppy care may mean spaying or neutering a dog to block unwanted behavior, and specialized puppy care also means giving it medicine against nasty parasites and skin pests. Aside from medical stuff, specialized puppy care may also mean taking your furry friend to professional dog groomers to care for its fur. Some breeds are known for having high maintenance needs on their coat, so the owners of such breeds can take their pets to dog grooming services regularly for expert care that the dog will enjoy.

Dog Health

Specialized puppy care means taking your puppy to a local vet clinic for some basic medical car so that dog can grow up healthy and happy. Pets need medical attention just like people, and when someone gets a puppy, they should find a local vet clinic and note its address, hours of operation, and more. The owner may take in their puppy for care, and if it’s a well-behaved dog they can carry it in and use a leash. Otherwise, a frightened or aggressive puppy should be kept in a kennel in the car (with climate control, if need be) until that puppy is ready for care. Docile puppies and cats can be kept with their owners in the waiting room.

A puppy have have some basic examination done every so often, such as its weight, muscles, gums, teeth, tongue, eyes, and its fur. Vets will check for anything unusual among all those things, such as discolored or loose teeth, patchy fur or inflamed gums. The vet may also recommend basic dog care specific to that puppy, such as a particular diet, level of exercise, play time, and more. Some breeds have different needs than others, after all. The puppy’s owner may also receive liquid medicine and pills to give their dog, and pills may kill internal parasitic worms and prevent any worms from growing in that dog. Such worms are not only disgusting but bad for any pet’s health. Skin pests such as fleas and ticks may be killed and driven away when the puppy’s owner applies liquid medicine to the skin on its back.

Puppy Grooming and Care

What else can a puppy owner do for their pet? Dog training classes are an option, where a puppy or young adult dog may be trained at the hands of a professional to learn good behavior. This may important so that a dog does not harass other pets or people, or destroy furniture and property. Not only that, but a puppy owner may take it to local professional groomers, who will know just how to trim and wash a dog’s fur to make it healthy and attractive. A dog may greatly enjoy this, and some breeds are known for their high maintenance. The owner of those breeds may want to have pros take care of their dog’s trimming and grooming to make their fur the best it can be. Some dog breeds such as Schnauzers and poodles are known for in fact having fur styles done for aesthetics.

What about minor injuries? Dogs and puppies sometimes suffer from sprained joints, bone fractures, or pulled muscles, and a dog owner may soon spot that problem. The good news is that a vet’s office can help out. Like human patients, a poor puppy or dog with a hurt leg can have ankle wraps, braces, splints, and more secured to the limb for recovery. This allows the dog or puppy to walk or even jog without straining or further hurting that leg. Soft, malleable dog therapy beds may be used for sleep and laying down whole recovering, too.