Getting a new puppy is exciting. Having a cute, little furry bundle jumping around you and licking your face is a heartwarming experience. However, even French puppy owners know there is much more to taking care of their “chiot” than just playing and tickling its tummy. Puppy care is hard work.
The first important step in taking care of a puppy is to make sure that it gets all the vaccinations it needs. Puppies as young as six weeks can begin an inoculation schedule to prevent illnesses including parvovirus, distemper, hepatitis, par influenza and kennel cough. French puppy owners will no doubt be looking for a “chiot” vaccination schedule at their veterinary surgery. It is vital that the full vaccination schedule be completed by 12 weeks so that the puppy can then be socialized with other dogs when out for walks.
A balanced diet is essential for a growing puppy, so getting the right nutrition is key to ensuring the dog’s health. There are many specialist puppy growth formula foods available and these can give the puppy the perfect nutrition for growing bones and organs. Of course, French puppy owners will be looking for high quality and nutritious “chiot” formula for their cherished dog.
Little and Often
It is important, as well as getting the right food, that the puppy is fed little and often, rather than giving it one huge bowl of food. Four to five small meals a day is about right. Puppies have small stomachs and are therefore unable to gulp down a large meal in one go without being ill. The first step to setting up a feeding routine is to weigh the puppy. This will tell you how much food he needs per serving. You can follow the dog food manufacturers recommended serving sizes for this. It is handy to keep a growth tracking chart too, so that the serving sizes can be adjusted as the dog grows.
Get A Vet’s Advice
Your vet is the best person to ask about the type of feeding schedule most suitable for your puppy. Some dogs take well to being presented with one bowl at the beginning of the day, from which they can graze. Others prefer a more structured feeding time, with a single serving placed in front of them for a set amount of time. Water is also essential for good puppy health. Make sure that a plentiful supply of water is available at all times. Avoid feeding milk to the puppy as this can cause stomach trouble and diarrhoea.
It may seem like a cruel idea, but unless you intend to breed from your puppy later on, it is wise to consider neutering or spaying to protect the dog’s future health. Five months is about the right time to do this, as this is just before they reach sexual maturity. Neutering can prevent aggressive behavior in males and can also reduce the risk of some female dog cancers.
Identification of your puppy can be done with a collar and tag, or more permanently by Micro Chipping.
Harry Wilson is a veterinary surgeon for a UK based company. For French puppy owners looking for advice on caring for their “chiot” he recommends www.hillspet.fr.