- Premium quality dog food and treats for the right breed and size
- Food and water bowls – ceramic and metal bowls clean up better
- Safe toys – make sure there’s no lead paint or breakable parts
- Dog brush and comb
- Dog shampoo
- Pooper scooper and biodegradable poop bags
- Collar with license and ID tag
- Dog nail clippers
- Carrier or crate
- Dog bed
- Dog toothbrush and dog toothpaste
- Outdoor dog house
- Make sure you have shaded areas outdoors
- When you get your dog, take it to a veterinarian for a preventive care exam
- Your dog should see a veterinarian at least once a year and when you think it might be sick
- Ask your veterinarian for a dog food recommendation of what you should be feeding given your dog’s lifestyle and lifestage
- Ask your veterinarian for a regular heartworm preventive medication
- Ask your veterinarian to microchip your dog so that your dog has a better chance of making back home if it gets lost
- If your dog seems to be acting strangely, call your veterinarian right away
- Never give your dog medicine unless it’s recommended by a veterinarian. Keep all poisons, like rat poison, away from your pet. If you think your pet has been poisoned, call your veterinarian.
- To prevent health problems, females should be spayed and males should be neutered 6 months of age – dogs that are spayed/neutered don’t run away or fight as much
What to feed your puppy or dog
- Adult dogs should eat premium-quality dry food. If you want, you can mix the dry food with water, low-salt broth or canned food
- Dogs can eat fruits and vegetables – but never more than 10% of their daily diet. See below for a list of foods that shouldn’t be given to dogs.
- Puppies need a high-quality puppy food
- Avoid “people food” for all dogs and puppies
- Dogs and puppies need clean, fresh water available at all times
When to feed
- Puppies 8 to 12 weeks old: 3 meals a day
- Puppies 3 to 6 months old: 2 meals a day
- Puppies 6 months to 1 year: 2 meals a day
- Dogs, 1 year or older: 2 meals a day
- Large dogs: may need 3 meals a day
Dangers! Never give your dog….
- Anything harder than your pet’s teeth. This includes cow bones, nylon bones and real bones. These can break a dog’s teeth.
- House plants
- T-shirts or knotted socks. If accidentally chewed apart and ingested, they can become “foreign bodies”, causing your pet to become very ill.
- Grapes and raisins
- Moldy or spoiled food
- Onions, garlic or chives
- Poultry bones
- Salty foods or salt
- Tomato leaves or stems
- Unripe fruit
- Yeast dough
- Different dogs need different amounts of exercise. Some dogs need a lot. Some dogs get hurt if they exercise too much. Ask your veterinarian what’s best for your pet.
- When walking your pet, be careful of ice or snow, deicer salt, or hot pavement
- A trained dog is a happy dog! Contact your local humane society or veterinarian to find a training class, which is a good way to exercise and socialize your dog, while also providing mental stimulation!
go to the website http://www.aaha.org/pet_owner/pet_health_library/dog_care/general_health/caring_for_your_new_dog_or_puppy.aspx