Natures Menu’s in-house veterinary team’s ‘How to Raise a Healthy Puppy Guide’ includes seven simple steps to ensure your puppy gets off on the right paw. From a healthy diet to exercise, familiarising yourself with these steps can ensure a healthy and happy hound:
1. Provide a high-quality diet
A puppy’s diet plays a huge role in its overall health, and it should be treated as a priority. Providing them with a balanced diet comprising of the highest quality foods possible will give them the nutrients they need to grow and develop, and it needn’t be expensive. Natures Menu has its own extensive range of puppy foods catering for all dietary requirements, as well as a selection of healthy treats and chews with options for owners looking to feed their puppy a raw diet too.
2. Regular exercise
Regular walks come hand in hand with getting a new puppy, but exercise is not only important for their physical health but their mental health too. Regular exercise has shown to stimulate a puppy’s mind and improve their mental health. Combining this with fun fetching games means your dog can benefit from exercise and play, whatever their breed.
3. Keep vaccinations up to date
Puppies need vaccinations when they are young to protect them from contracting infections and illnesses that their weaker immune systems cannot defend. Remember to keep track of dates and appointments, as while the costs of puppy vaccinations might seem high, the veterinary bills you could face if your puppy gets ill could be much higher.
4. Keep them groomed
You should bathe and brush your dog regularly to get rid of any dirt that may cause skin irritation. It’s also important to regularly trim long-haired puppy breeds, as hair can irritate their eyes. Puppies claws should also be regularly checked by a groomer or your veterinary practice to ensure they are not overly long and to get your puppy used to having their feet and toes handled.
5. Don’t forget their dental health
Puppies’ milk teeth begin to fall out when they’re around 14 weeks old but it’s important to familiarise your puppy with a dental hygiene routine as early as possible to make it easier for everyone involved. You should use a toothbrush specifically designed for dogs, along with a small amount of dog toothpaste. You can also try one of Natures Menu’s great range of bones and chews which are great for aiding dental health.
6. Puppy anxiety
Making sure you have time for a puppy to begin with is a vital factor when deciding to get one, however it’s normal to need to leave them alone for short periods of time. To help ensure your puppy doesn’t develop separation anxiety or a phobia of being alone, keep your puppy away from you and your family from time to time, even when you’re in the house, to help them familiarise themselves with their own company.
7. Know what’s normal
Every puppy is different, which means what's healthy and normal for one puppy might be out of the ordinary for another. As their new pet parent, it’s important to familiarise yourself with your puppy’s health and behaviour. Be sure to check their mouth, ears and eyes on a regular basis to keep an eye out for any abnormalities. You should contact your vet if you notice any changes, or if you have any concerns that something isn’t quite right.
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