Call your vet and schedule the 48 hour checkup, be sure to take the folder with and evaluate next vaccine dates. Your new puppy will have been given his/her first shot but will need two more vaccines to be fully immunized and protected from all the harmful germs and bacteria out there.
Flea/Tick/ Heart-worm Protection: Don’t forget to speak to your vet about this at the first consultation.
Feed: It is not advisable to switch feeds instantly as they need higher end feed and the ratios of certain ingredients are very important for healthy growth.
Food and Water Bowls: Please don’t use plastic or ceramic bowls. It is recommended to use stainless steel bowls, as they prevent bacteria growth. Both food and water bowls should be cleaned out at least once a week.
Treats: Be careful with doggie treats there are a lot of low-cost ones out there that may hurt your new puppy.
Healthy Supplements: There are a few nutritional supplements that I highly recommend below:
1. Sea Pet: (Omega Max) This is a fish oil that provides huge beneficial nutrients.
2. NuVet: You will have to keep your new puppy on this health supplement for the first 3 years. This offers both nutrients and also enhances their immune system, which is so very essential when they go home.
Crate Training: I strongly advise crate training and just get the giant one right away, they will grow into it and they generally come with a divider panel to make it more compact to start out with.
Bedding: Don’t hassle with the stylish beds until they are mature. Puppies chew, chew, chew. I like to use old big bath towels and blankets until they are about 5-7 months old. Crib Mattresses are readily available for around $40 from Amazon or Walmart and make outstanding, easy to clean dog beds.
Toys: Antlers, jolly ball or Kong brand are a great choice. Keep in mind your baby will be around more by 6 months, so don’t bother with the “little” puppy toys. Stay away from raw hides and toys with stuffing.
Collar: It is advisable to wear collar to new puppies.
Ears & Teeth: You must plan on clean ears and teeth at least once a month.
Take things slowly and gradually. Transfer slowly and use peaceful voices around him/her.
Indicate them where the food and water is kept. Keep in mind they need rest time before and after eating to avoid bloat.