New Puppy? 3 Ways To Keep It Healthy As It Grows

If you have a new puppy in your home, you should learn how to properly care for it. Doing so will make the chances much better that it will live a long healthy life. Below are some tips you can follow to help make that happen.

Puppy Food

Not all puppy food is the same, and there are some that are much better for your puppy than others. When researching puppy foods one of the most important things you need to look at is the ingredients.  

It is important that your puppy has the right ingredients in their first year while it is growing quickly. It does depend on its breed, however, because you do not want the puppy to grow too quickly. Talk with your veterinarian to see the right amount of vitamins, fats, proteins, and minerals it needs that first year.

Holistic Approach

Standard medicines are made to find the problem and fix it. Holistic medicine uses preventative measures to treat the whole body instead of only the specific problem. The vet may use acupuncture to relieve pain your puppy may be feeling. This will also strengthen its body’s immune system. They may give your puppy herbal medicines to enhance nutrition, and a remedy for ailments when other things don’t work.

The holistic approach works for many ailments such as:

  • Colds, runny nose, and sneezes
  • Eating problems
  • Ear infection
  • Lack of appetite
  • Itching ears
  • Recurring skin rashes

These are just a few of the symptoms holistic medicine can help treat.  Of course, traditional medicine should still be used in some cases. For example, your puppy may require surgery, or they may need some laboratory tests or X-rays.

Prevent Heartworms

If you take your puppy outside, it can get heartworms. There is no way you can prevent this from happening, because it gets heartworms when an infected mosquito bites it, and it only takes one bite.

Once your puppy is bitten, it takes approximately six to seven months for the larvae to mature into adult heartworms. Once they mature, the worms lodge in the lungs and heart, as well as the surrounding blood vessels. Not long after this, they start reproducing.

Some signs you should watch out for with your puppy include:

  • Persistent cough
  • Fatigue after only moderate exercise
  • Weight loss
  • Decreased appetite

It takes a few months for your puppy to show these symptoms. As the disease progresses, your puppy could have heart failure, which is fatal. Once it reaches this point, your puppy will have labored breathing, dark bloody urine, and pale gums. Without proper medical care immediately, you puppy will not likely survive.

All of this can be avoided if you give your puppy heartworm medication, and continue giving the medication to it throughout its life. See your veterinarian, who can start your puppy on a heartworm program.

You should follow these tips because your new puppy is completely defenseless, and depends on you to take proper care of it.