If you are planning on bringing a puppy into your life then you will be glad to know that they can bring tons of joy and good things into your life with them. However, with that puppy comes responsibility and extra care that you will need to give them. You probably have a lot of questions about caring for your new puppy if it's been a while since you have had one in your home. Here are some answers to some of the more common puppy care questions so you may be able to find many, if not all, of the answers you are looking for:
How many shots does a puppy need?
If your puppy has already had one set of shots, and you have seen proof of those shots, then they only need two more. Otherwise, you'll want to give your puppy three sets of vaccinations. The vet will let you know the amount of time they want you to go between the shots before bringing the puppy in for their next set. However, you'll normally need to wait anywhere from 3 to 4 weeks.
After the puppy has had all its puppy shots you want to take them in once a year for boosters. There is another type of shot the puppy will need that is given separate and that is the rabies shot. These are generally given between 4 to 6 months of age. The rabies shots are good for different numbers of years, according to the brand your dog is given, so make sure your vet gives you thins information when you get them their rabies shot.
Does my puppy need to be fixed?
Whether or not your puppy needs to be fixed is a personal decision. If your puppy is not a full bred dog, you don't plan on showing it and you don't plan on breeding it in the future then you should really think about going through with having it fixed though. Some dogs are harder to control as adults if they aren't fixed. It can lead to them wanting to wonder off, lead to them marking their territory around the house and even cause them to get into fights with other dogs.
What should I do about my puppy's teeth?
Many people don't worry about the condition of their dog's teeth, but this can cause many types of problems later on. You should make sure you give your puppy dental chews to chew on that will help them to keep their teeth clean. This will reduce the amount of tartar that will build up on them and that can lead to dental issues like cavities or rotten teeth. You should also take your dog in to have their teeth cleaned according to your vet's recommendations. Talk with your vet about the best pet dental care services.