The big day is coming, and you need to get ready for this new adventure: a new puppy!
Once you and your family have decided that you are ready to welcome a puppy, make sure to research dog breeds and sizes before you adopt. This is important as you want to ensure the puppy you choose will adapt well and have his needs fulfilled through all of his life stages; some breeds tend to be more active, barkers, snugglers, fetchers, couch potatoes, etc., but overall, dogs always have a purpose and they love to work for it.
Before getting a puppy from a breeder, make sure the pup has been seen by a veterinarian prior to going home with you. Puppies must receive certain vaccines, usually around 8 weeks of age, to ensure parasites and bacteria which can be harmful or transmitted to you and your family (including your other pets) are eliminated.
Make sure the breeder informs you on the health of the puppy and answers all of the questions you may have regarding the gestation, the birth and after the birth of the new pup. This is important as it will give you an overview of the pup’s and its mom’s health as well as an insight of the environment they live in and in which your puppy has spent his first couple of months of life.
You should also visit your local veterinary clinic as they may have a welcome kit for new pet parents. Your vet will also likely suggest making an appointment for an initial check-up for the new family member. This will also be an opportunity to discuss an overview of the year’s vaccination schedule and what to expect during the next few months.