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Dog Care 101

Adoption is good!

Have you just adopted your first dog? You may have a few questions about how to care for your new canine.

First and foremost, remember that all dogs require love and patience. Sometimes it can be tough for anyone to adjust to a new home, so keep in mind that they are surely grateful to have you as their pet parent.

Here are some important basics for proper dog care to give you both the best start together:

  • Diet:Consult your veterinarian about how much to feed your pet. Typically, small puppies can be fed about four times a day, which can slowly be reduced to one meal a day by the time your dog reaches his first birthday.
  • Exercise:Dogs need exercise to burn calories, stimulate their minds and stay healthy. Supervised fun and games will satisfy many of your pet’s instinctual urges to dig, herd, chew, retrieve and chase. The younger the dog, the more exercise she will require.
  • Healthcare:Your dog should see the veterinarian for a full check-up, shots and a heartworm blood test every year. Be sure to visit the veterinarian immediately if your pet is sick or injured. Consider a pet insurance plan to help manage veterinary bills, both for preventive treatments and unexpected problems.
  • Housing: Your dog needs a warm, quiet place to rest and call their own. A training crate is ideal for younger pups, but a pet bed is also a good option.

Your dog should also wear a collar and ID tag at all times, plus get micro-chipped. If your dog’s collar breaks off, micro-chipping provides a great reassurance that your dog has a higher chance of being returned safely home.

Best of luck with your new dog and ask your veterinarian if you have any further questions about their care!


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