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Modern Pets: 10 essential items for your new puppy

So you’ve bought a new puppy, or someone gave you one, and you haven’t really kept pets before - but you want to give them the best environment possible. Well, you’re in the right place.

Like human babies (or toddlers), puppies also have specific needs and requirements to grow properly. If you want to ensure that your puppy grows up to be a healthy dog, firing on all cylinders, you have to make sure that you cater properly to their specific needs.

In this article, we list 10 essentials that help you make sure your puppy grows well:

1. Worm control

First on this list is probably one of the most overlooked essentials when people get a new member of the family. Intestinal deworming for your puppy is important because they’re small and can get into small crevices and areas you wouldn’t expect, and they can easily pick up worms.

Some of the puppies in pet shops or adoption shelters (we suggest that you avoid buying from pet shops) may already have worms when you take them in. Mothers can pass on their worms when breastfeeding. If you take in your puppy at a very young age, deworm them every 2 or 3 weeks until they’re 12 weeks old.

Afterwards, keep it going at least once a month until they’re six months old, to ensure that you don’t get any problems with your puppy.

2. Heartworm prevention

Heartworms are very annoying and can really take away your puppy from you if you aren’t careful. They’re transmitted by mosquitoes, and if adult humans can’t avoid mosquitoes, puppies can’t either.

Take preventive measures to ensure that your puppies aren’t harmed by these pests. You can choose from a lot of different products that get rid of heartworms. There are also products that get rid of both heartworms and intestinal worms so you can hit two birds with one stone.

3. Vaccinations

Like our children, puppies also need to be vaccinated to keep them safe from deadly diseases like distemper, parvovirus, hepatitis, and of course, rabies.

Make sure you get the vaccinations and coordinate with your vet or adoption shelter to get them the right ones, so you avoid endangering their lives.

4. Tick and flea control

Ticks and fleas can kill even adult dogs, so you can imagine how much more dire the consequences will be if they latch onto your puppy. There are a lot of products in your local pet store or vet clinic that will protect your puppy from these pests. Make sure to get these products and ward off these nasties from your pup.

5. Dog collars and leashes

One of the most overlooked things is getting your puppy used to dog collars while still young. If your dogs aren’t used to dog collars and leashes, chances are they’re going to be uncomfortable if you introduce it to them later on.

6. ID tags

ID Tags are also very important when keeping a pup because they’re small and can go around and through places without you spotting them. Let’s face it, you can’t be around your pup 24/7, and there really are chances of them getting lost. Your ID tags are essential in making sure that you can find them, or someone can return them to you just in case.

7. A comfortable bed

Puppies sleep more than adult dogs do. It’s essential that you find a place in your house where you can keep them away from the hustle and bustle. Someplace where you can also keep their food and water bowls kept is the optimum area. Your puppy needs a lot of quiet time and a place where they feel secure and safe.

8. Good nutrition

Since your puppies are still growing, you need to provide them with nutritious food. It’s highly important that you get a balance of dog food and other healthy natural food once in a while for your puppy.

Remember that they need to get the right amount of nutrition to grow into healthy and happy dogs. You can search the net or ask your local pet store for differences in their dog food and supplements so you can weight out yourself.

9. Toys

Again, like babies, our pups also need toys! They need to play, chase around, and have fun tugging at things. If you don’t give them chew toys and other fun things to keep them entertained, they’ll probably just find their own toys like your shoe.

10. Love

Of course you love your puppies, we know, but new puppies have just been taken away from their siblings and mother and are in a completely new environment. To fill in for that, we suggest that you give them lots of attention and enjoy their company while they’re still small and adorable.

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