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National Puppy Day

Mar 23, 2016

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“Puppies are the most trusting and joyous creatures on the planet. Oh, to be more like a puppy.” – Colleen Paige, Founder of National Puppy Day

National Puppy Day was founded on 2006 by lifestyle expert, Colleen Paige to celebrate the unconditional love puppies bring to our lives. Along with celebrating the sweetness they provide, this holiday is also about promoting adoption of homeless puppies. Visit the National Puppy Day website to learn more about why it’s important to adopt, not shop.

Planning on adopting a puppy? Or maybe you have little pup at home now? Here are some basic tips on raising your new puppy as a responsible pet parent.

Wellness Visit/Vaccines

  • During the 1st year, your puppy will need to see a primary care veterinarian 2-4 times for wellness exams. Puppies receive 2-3 rounds of vaccines between 6-16 weeks of age. Common puppy vaccines protect against canine distemper virus, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parainfluenza, parvovirus, and coronavirus – altogether these vaccines are known as DHLPPC. Your puppy will also receive their rabies booster at 12 to 16 weeks of age.
  • This article will give you a general idea of what you can expect during your puppy’s first few wellness visits. Each veterinarian will have their own protocol for when to vaccinate so please check with your primary care veterinarian on what is best for your pet. 

If you don’t have a family veterinarian for your pet, give us a call at 757-935-9111 and we can provide you with a detailed list based on your city/county.

Spay & Neuter

  • Consult your primary care veterinarian to see what is best for your pet. You can also learn about the benefits of spaying and neutering your new pet in this blog post. 

Puppy-Proof Your Home

  • In our last blog post, we talked about poison prevention. This is especially important when raising a puppy.  Safety measures need to be in place to protect your curious puppy. Use this Puppy Proofing Your Home Inside and Out checklist to reduce hazards and accidents.  

Pet Insurance

  • Just as in human health, having pet insurance ensures that our furry friend will be covered when they need it the most. Pet insurance is a safety net that covers your pet for emergency accidents and illnesses. It’s important to have pet insurance in place while your dog is young as most pet insurance companies do not cover pre-existing conditions. What does this mean? If your dog received treatment for a condition, that condition could be considered a pre-existing condition by the time you are “ready” to purchase pet insurance. Having pet insurance in place when your dog is still young and healthy increases the likelihood that any future conditions will be covered.
  • Also, let’s not forget.  Puppies are very curious and love to explore their surroundings. If your puppy ends up needing emergency care for an accidental injury, pet insurance will help relieve much of the financial burden.
  • Learn more about pet insurance in this blog post.

For more resources, check out The Puppyhood. Created by pet food brand Purina, this website is full of great resources from nutrition, grooming, behavior, training, health, and more. 

Now it’s time to celebrate!

Here’s a roundup of famous videos that are sure to make you go “Awwww!” After watching, make sure to head over to The COVE’s Facebook Page to post a photo of your furry friend when they were young! 

Dogs 101: Puppy Transformations

Just Puppies: Cute Puppy Compilation

People Stick Their Head Through A Hole And Are Surprised With Puppies

Puppyhood: This man found a soulmate in a puppy and it's adorable



Category: Pet Health Tips