Tuesday, March 13, 2007


Tips for bringing up a healthy puppy

The article below was taken from Meredith's blog on bringing up a puppy... it is full of useful information for the new puppy owner...

A Healthy Puppy

There are many aspects that factor in to the health of your puppy or dog. The following are important factors.

Vaccinations: A puppy should receive its first vaccinations around week 5 or 6, and will continue for several weeks. Your vet will make a schedule of vaccinations that is very important to stick to. Also, every year a dog should receive booster vaccinations to protect against illness. The two most important vaccinations are for rabies and distemper.

Spaying or Neutering: These procedures should take place after the puppy reaches 6 months, but before the first heat. Spaying and neuturing will help control the pet population, and it also helps to protect against ovarian and prostate cancer.

Weight: Your puppy's weight should be a specific range for the age, breed, and size of the puppy. Your vet can give you a detailed weight chart specifically for your dog. It is important to have a balance of good nutrition and exercise. You should not overfeed your puppy or dog, especially because some dogs are prone to gaining weight easily. For example, labs are known to over-eat, so you should regulate how much food they receive every day.

Heartbeat: A dog's heartbeat ranges from 50 to 130 beats per minute, depending on the size and breed of the dog. A small dog and puppies will have a faster heartbeat. Also, dogs that are in excellent physical shape will have a much slower heartbeat.

Temperature: A dog's temperature ranges from 101-102.5 degrees.

Teeth: A puppy should have around 23 baby teeth and up to 42 adult teeth. Puppies will start losing its teeth around 4-6 months of age. Teething can be painful and cause destructive chewing. Make sure to have chew toys and rawhides available all the time. Teeth should be brushed about one a week. Many types of bones are designed to clean teeth, such as Greenies.

From http://meredith-puppytraining.blogspot.com
Keep New: Posted on: Wed, Dec 6 2006 4:39 AM Updated: Thu, Dec 7 2006 7:55

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