Have you decided to take the plunge and finally bring home your first ever pet? Congratulations, you can look forward to exciting, enlivening times ahead. However, becoming a pet owner isn’t all fun and games. It comes with a whole set of responsibilities, and the more prepared you are for these, the better you will be able to care for your newest family addition.
Here is a new puppy checklist of all the essential things you will need to get or must undertake:
As you would with young children, it is necessary to protect puppies from the consequences of their curiosity and boisterous activities. You must puppy proof your home by getting rid of, locking up, or keeping out of reach all household items that could potentially be toxic and hazardous to the new arrival. That means, locking up detergents, household cleaners, automotive chemicals, garden pesticides, glues, medications, and so on. And removing or keeping out of reach indoor house plants such as sago palm, dieffenbachia, and croton.
You must also make sure that all electrical cords are covered or kept where the puppy cannot easily chew on them, and that no dangerous items are lying around that your puppy might chew on and ingest. It will help too to install baby gates to keep your puppy from falling off the stairs and out of home areas that you don’t want them to be in. Dog crates are advisable as well to give your puppy their own space to sleep and stay in.
Getting an adjustable collar, slip collar, leash, and harness will be necessary to keep your puppy under control and safe during walks. Additionally, you must get tags with information about the puppy’s name, rabies inoculation, and your address and contact number.
Routine veterinary care will be vital for your puppy’s continuing well-being. As the treatment costs over your pet’s lifetime can be expensive, it is a good idea to research and buy the right pet insurance coverage and also enroll in a separate wellness plan. While the pet insurance will cover breed-specific illnesses, other illnesses, and accidents, wellness plans can help you save on routine examinations, deworming procedures, vaccinations, flea and tick prevention, spaying and neutering, microchip implantation, and more.
To keep track of your pet’s veterinary records and appointments, keep them in an easily accessible folder.
Food and water bowls should figure in the new puppy checklist as well. The bowl size and depth will depend on the type of dog you have. For instance, small to medium breeds will find it much easier to eat and drink out of shallow bowls, while dogs with longer snouts will do well with deeper bowls. If your dog has long ears, you may want to consider getting bowls with small openings to keep the ears out of the food and drink. Elevated bowl stands are good for large breeds.
You can buy commercial puppy food and nutritious treats from trusted dog food companies, or ask your veterinarian for advise on feeding the puppy a high-calorie, home-made diet. You might also want to buy food mats to place under the bowls to protect your floors from stains and spills.
Your pet will require a suitably sized and comfortable bed that is easy to wash and keep clean. Other everyday essentials include grooming items like combs, brushes, dog sprays, dog powders, dog shampoos, and nail clippers. You will also need stuffed toys, squeaky toys, fillable puzzle toys, balls, and other toys to keep your puppy entertained, and clickers for positive reinforcement obedience training.
Accidents are inevitable before your puppy masters toilet training and on occasions afterwards. It is best if you stock up on non-toxic cleaners and enzyme scent removal sprays. Cleaning up immediately every time will remove stains and smells, and discourage the puppy from eliminating in the same area. You should also keep a supply of waste bags at hand for when you walk your puppy in public. Hopefully, with these new puppy checklist tips, you will be able to be ready for all eventualities and keep your pet healthy and safe for the rest of their life.
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