A healthy diet will help your pup grow strong and happy, while also preventing common health issues that can arise from poor nutrition. Let’s consider the puppies nutritional as a good diet is needed for a happy and healthy puppy. They require more protein and fat than adult dogs, so make sure the food you choose has higher levels of these nutrients. Consider looking for ingredients such as chicken or beef as the first listed ingredient rather than fillers like corn or wheat as they need more protein in their diet than older dogs. Check that the food meets the standards for puppies to ensure it contains all necessary vitamins and minerals.

Puppies have different nutritional needs than adult dogs and feeding them too much or too little can lead to health problems. Different breeds of puppies have different nutritional requirements as bigger dog breeds tend to need more food than smaller ones. You could also consider the breed’s diet and how certain diseases are due to poor diet. A general rule is approximately ½ cup per kilogram of the puppy’s weight. The exact amount of food your puppy needs will depend on their breed, age, weight, and activity level. Puppies require frequent feeding throughout the day as they have small stomachs. Avoid giving them human foods as it can cause digestive problems.

Monitor their eating habits to avoid overfeeding or underfeeding. Puppies also require regular exercise to maintain optimal weight and keep their muscles toned. You should engage them in physical activities such as fetch games or walks around your neighborhood. Regular walks and playtime will keep your dog physically fit while promoting mental stimulation. Training is another important aspect of general care as it helps establish boundaries and socialization skills.

Desexing (Neutering)

The most significant choice is whether or not to desex (neuter) your puppy. Desexing involves removing the reproductive organs from your pet, and it has several benefits for their health and behavior. Desexing helps prevent unwanted litters of puppies; this is especially crucial if you have a female dog that could potentially give birth to many puppies that will require homes. It can also help prevent aggressive behavior, roaming, and unwanted litters. It is recommended that puppies are desexed between 6-12 months old, before they reach sexual maturity. Desexing can help control the population of homeless animals by preventing your pup from contributing to unplanned litters.

Pet Insurance

Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting time! You’ve stocked up on toys and treats, set up a cozy bed, and started training. But have you considered the importance of pet insurance? Just like humans can experience unexpected health issues, our furry friends can too. Pet insurance helps alleviate the financial burden of unexpected veterinary bills.

There are several types of pet insurance policies available to fit your specific needs. Accident-only policies cover injuries caused by accidents such as broken bones or ingestion of foreign objects. Comprehensive policies cover both accidents and illnesses such as cancer or allergies.

Some policies also offer coverage for routine exams and preventative care. When considering pet insurance, it’s important to research different providers and policy options to find what works best for you and your new pup. Make sure you understand any exclusions or limitations in coverage, such as pre-existing conditions or breed-specific health issues.


As a new puppy owner, it’s important to understand the necessary vaccinations your furry friend will need. But what vaccinations does your new pup need?

  • Distemper: A highly contagious virus that causes respiratory and neurological symptoms.
  • Parvovirus: A serious and potentially fatal virus that attacks the intestines.
  • Rabies: A deadly virus spread through bites from infected animals.
  • Bordetella: Also known as “kennel cough,” this bacterial infection affects the respiratory system. It’s important to note that some vaccinations require multiple doses over time for maximum effectiveness.

As your pup grows older, they will require additional booster shots to maintain immunity against these diseases. Additionally, depending on where you live or travel with your dog regularly (such as areas with high tick populations), other vaccines may be required.

General Care


Grooming your puppy regularly will help maintain its hygiene and keep its coat healthy and shiny. Brushing their fur daily helps prevent matting and tangling of hair while promoting blood circulation on the skin. Brushing helps remove dirt, dead hair and tangles while distributing natural oils throughout their fur.

It’s recommended to brush your puppy’s coat daily to prevent matting and tangling. Use a slicker brush for long-haired breeds or a bristle brush for short-haired pups.

Additionally, trimming nails regularly helps prevent painful breaks or tears. Nails should be trimmed every 2-3 weeks, being careful not to cut too far into the quick. Another important aspect of general care is bathing your pup on a regular basis. Puppies should be bathed once every three months unless they get into something particularly messy in between baths.


If you have a smaller breed, then a crate or playpen may suffice as their designated space. However, larger breeds will require more room to move around freely without feeling confined. It’s also essential that the area you choose has good ventilation and doesn’t get too hot or stuffy. Another factor to consider is whether your pup will be an indoor or outdoor pet. If you’re planning on keeping them indoors, then setting up a cozy bed with soft bedding and toys is ideal. Provide plenty of soft bedding like blankets or towels inside the crate or bed. This will give your puppy a cozy spot to rest and relax after playtime or walks. One popular option for housing puppies is a crate.

If they are outdoor pets, consider getting them a good quality doghouse. It should be spacious enough to allow them to move around comfortably but not too large that they may feel overwhelmed or afraid. Materials used for construction should be sturdy and durable to withstand chewing and scratching. The ventilation system in the housing must provide adequate airflow while preventing drafts that could cause illness or discomfort.

Parasite Prevention

A new puppy brings joy and excitement into your life, but with that comes the responsibility of ensuring their health and wellbeing. One crucial aspect of puppy care is parasite prevention. An important method of parasite prevention is maintaining proper hygiene. Regularly washing your puppy’s bedding and toys can help prevent the spread of fleas and other pests throughout your home. Our vet can provide you with information about the best parasite prevention products for your pup and administer necessary vaccinations.