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Considering Puppy Health

This article will help you to choose a healthy puppy. As you search, puppy health care should always be at the forefront of your mind, as this guide explains..

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Wednesday, 24 de February 2010
Author: Viva Pets

Considering Puppy Health
Choosing a Healthy Puppy

It can be agonising picking a healthy puppy to bring home. Most people will base their decision mostly on emotion, and while there is nothing wrong with this, it is important to consider puppy health when you’re in the process of choosing a puppy.

Puppy Health: What to Consider

•    Before you bring your new prized pet home for the first time, you should always put the state of the puppy’s health at the forefront of your mind. If you have your heart set on buying, make sure you do some research before you search around to stop the heart overruling the head. There are plenty of specialist books on the market with advice on choosing a healthy puppy – so if you’re in any doubt it’s best to look into the potential pitfalls of buying a puppy.

•    When you’re ready to take that step and bring the puppy into your life, don’t rush into any hasty decisions. Keep an eye out for any obvious signs which might bring the health of the puppy into question. A healthy puppy and an unhealthy puppy will have several major differences that’ll come clear if you take the time to spot them. Ask yourself whether anything appears out of the ordinary – Does the puppy have a full, shiny coat? Are there any bare patches?

•    Asking these questions will leave you better informed as to the health of the puppy; however, in some cases it might take the expert knowledge of the vet to determine any internal problems the puppy may be suffering from. Other warning signs include a swelled stomach, the appearance of worms and irregular lumps; however these may not necessarily be a major issue, so get clarification from the seller before coming to a decision.

•    Always think about the potential hidden costs that come with puppy health care. It’s fairly likely that as the puppy grows older, you’ll accumulate plenty of costs from trips to the vet for jabs, check-ups and in extreme cases, emergency care, so it’s essential to plan for these extra costs before going ahead with any decision.

•    The old maxim ‘A dog is for life, not just for Christmas’ should always be at the forefront of your mind – a puppy is a long-term investment and it will one day grow into a full-size dog – so never purchase a dog unless you are fully committed to the idea of keeping a pet, through vet bills and old age.

 

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