Puppy Healthcare Supplies

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Puppy Healthcare Supplies

by Melissa Steele

Taking care of your new puppy's health is about more than just his physical well-being. It's also about keeping his stress level low, teaching him how to function in his new world, and letting him know that he is loved.

Fun stuff

That last one will most likely be no problem. You can prepare for your puppy's happy playtime with you by purchasing a few of the following just for him:

Plush toys and squeaky toys for him to cuddle and destroy

Puppy chew toys and bones

Small bite-sized treats

For your home

Next, keep him from chewing on the things that can hurt him by providing him with a puppy cage or fenced in area where he will be safe while you are out. Additionally, something along the lines of ChewStop, a spray that protects your furniture and your puppy by tasting just terrible may be just the thing to keep him from gnawing your valuable and potentially dangerous belongings.


Proper grooming is a bit part of keeping your new puppy healthy. Professional groomers are trained to notice irregularities on your puppy's body as he grows and changes, but you can have a mini-puppy grooming station at home to keep up with your puppy's health.

Dental supplies will help you keep your puppy's teeth clean. The equivalent of treats as well as puppy style tooth brushing will help you prevent gum disease and tooth problems later. Nail trimming supplies are essential. If you start early getting your puppy used to having his nails clipped, it will be a lot easier for you as he gets older.

Puppy bathing supplies like shampoo and good brush will keep him and your house smelling good. Use the bath time to check him for sores, lumps, and excessive shedding.

Just for you?

Not all puppy healthcare supplies are for your puppy. There are a few things you should purchase for yourself with an eye toward keeping your puppy healthy. These include:

Books on puppy healthcare, training, and behavior

Puppy-sized food and water bowls

Puppy-sized collar with name tag and contact info for you

A leash appropriate for his breed

A word about vaccinations

You can find a wealth of information both for and against vaccines, each with a ton of studies to support them. Should you or shouldn't you? It's up to you. But if you decide to, it's import that you follow through and get booster shots for your puppy on time.

Here's a list of what your vet might offer you as far as vaccinations for you new pup and when they are given. You'll notice that there are multiple times in a puppies life when he can get vaccinated against certain things, so if you're undecided you do have time.

Parvovirus ? 5 weeks; perhaps more after 15 weeks

Combination vaccine or 5-way vaccine without leptospirosis ? 6 weeks and 9 weeks.

Coronavirus ? 6 weeks and 9 weeks; 12 weeks and 15 weeks; or as an adult

Rabies ? 12 weeks and up; or as an adult

Combination vaccine or 5-way vaccine with leptospirosis ? 12 weeks and 15 weeks; or as an adult

Lyme ? 12 weeks and 15 weeks; or as an adult

The combination or 5-way vaccine most often includes hepatitis, parvovirus, adenovirus cough, distemper, and parainfluenza. Ask your veterinarian if there is anything specific to your region that you should have your puppy vaccinated against. Certain breeds, too, may require other precautions for optimal health.

Melissa Steele is a freelance writer for PawDigs.com This site features Pet Essentials with Style including stylish dog beds of all sizes and styles.

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