Tips and Advice for New and Prospective Puppy Parents

Tips and Advice for New and Prospective Puppy Parents

Welcoming a new puppy into your home is a heartwarming experience, but it comes with responsibilities. To help you embark on this exciting journey, Hill’s Pet Nutrition has collaborated with Dr. Adam Christman, dvm360 Chief Veterinary Officer, to share invaluable insights for a successful first year with your furry friend. Here are Dr. Adam Christman’s tips for prospective puppy parents:

Plan Ahead:

  1. Equip your home with essentials like food, bedding, and toys.
  2. Establish a relationship with a veterinarian and groomer for regular check-ups and vaccinations.
  3. Schedule training and socialization classes from as early as six weeks.

Devote Time and Attention:

  1. Puppies need constant supervision, so ensure you have ample time to dedicate during the first year.
  2. Be prepared for the abundant care and attention that puppies require.

Focus on Nutrition:

  1. Choose high-quality nutrition to set the foundation for your puppy’s long-term health.
  2. Dr. Christman recommends Hill’s Science Diet Puppy food enriched with ActivBiome+ for optimal brain development, lean muscles, strong bones, a healthy gut microbiome, and a shiny coat.

Prioritize Mental Stimulation:

  1. Create an enriching environment with puzzle feeders and diverse textures of puppy-safe toys.
  2. Establish a regular exercise and leash-walking schedule for physical and mental well-being.
  3. Introduce elements of your puppy’s routine, including crate training, teeth brushing, car rides, and preventive care.

Make a Financial Plan:

  1. Evaluate and revise your monthly budget to accommodate ongoing pet-related costs.
  2. Be realistic about monthly expenses, including food, toys, training, microchipping, and veterinary visits.
  3. Research pet insurance plans suitable for your state and your pet’s age and breed.

Enjoy Your New Addition:

  1. The first year is unique and crucial for your puppy’s lifelong health.
  2. You’re building a solid foundation for a lifelong bond with proper preparation, dedicated time, and an understanding of important milestones.

For additional information and resources for new puppy owners, including a downloadable coupon, visit Enroll in Hill’s communications to stay informed about your puppy’s health and well-being. Embark on this journey confidently and create beautiful memories with your new furry family member.