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Large-Breed Puppy Care Tips

Have you recently adopted a large breed puppy? Big dogs are absolutely adorable when they’re young, but they definitely need lots of training and TLC when they are young. Here, an Anderson, IN vet discusses caring for your not-so-little baby dog.

Nutrition

A good diet is very important! Fido will grow very big, very quickly. Nutritional imbalances at this stage of your pup’s life can cause medical troubles down the road. Ask your vet for specific recommendations.

Veterinary Care

Fido will need to visit us a few times in that critical first year. We recommend that all dogs be microchipped, spayed or neutered, and kept current on exams, vaccinations, and parasite control. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Bad Petiquette

Be sure to nip bad habits in the bud! Some things that seem harmless in puppies can become quite dangerous in adult dogs. For instance, it may be cute to let your Fido sleep in your lap now. However, if you do, down the road, you will find yourself with a giant pooch that thinks he’s a lap dog. Yikes!

Training

Training is crucial for large breeds, because they can be quite dangerous if they don’t follow orders. Make sure Fido knows basic obedience commands, like Sit, Stay, Come, Heel, and Lay Down.

Socializing

Socialization is very important! Having positive experiences with new people and dogs as a puppy will help Fido grow into a friendly, trusting adult dog. Host a puppy party, or enroll your furry pal in puppygarten.

Bedding

Make sure your canine buddy has a nice, comfy bed. Fido will likely flatten regular doggy beds once he’s fully grown, so we recommend getting a good orthopedic one. You can also use a child’s mattress.

Shopping

When shopping for Fido, always choose products that are the correct size for him. Big dogs can seriously hurt themselves on things made for smaller pooches! Also, when buying leashes and collars, get sturdy ones.

Puppyproofing

Dogs like to learn about things by, well, licking them. Fido can seriously injure himself by trying to eat things that aren’t food! Remove or secure small or sharp objects, chemicals, medicine, plastic bags, and anything else he may try to chew or eat. Ask your vet for specific advice.

Please contact us, your Anderson, IN pet hospital, for all of your big dog’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!

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