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Feeding

When purchasing food for your new puppy, choose a dry food that is made specifically for puppies. Dry food is better for your puppy's teeth than wet or canned food, and its also easier, cleaner, and cheaper. If you have a large dog, or a dog that will soon grow into a large dog, chose "large breed" puppy food. Brand name puppy food is recommended; even though it may cost more it contains all the necessary nutrients for your puppy to grow up strong and healthy.

For the first ten to twelve weeks, offer food to your puppy three times a day. You can reduce the servings to twice a day if your puppy does not seem to be hungry. After the first ten to twelve weeks, start giving your puppy food twice a day. Keep giving your puppy his food twice a day through adulthood. To prevent overeating and chubbiness, let your dog eat for about 15 minutes, and then remove his food dish. If you leave the food out throughout the day, your dog is more likely to keep eating, become bored and picky, and become overweight, which can create health problems later in life.

Also do not feed your dog people food. It gives dogs digestive troubles, and some foods, like chocolate, can serisouly harm your dog.

Veterinary Care

Between six and sixteen weeks, pupppies lose their immmunity to disease that they received from their mothers, and they begin to develop their own immunity. During these weeks, in order to prevent sickness before your puppy is able to develop his own immunities, your puppy should get the following shots: Leptospirosis, Rabies, Lyme Disease, Bordetella, and the distemper shot, or DAP, which protects against infectious canine distemper, canine adenovirus type 2, and canine parvovirus. You could also get your puppy spayed or neutered at six months if you desire, or you can use Early Age Neuter/Spay and get your dog spayed or neutered when they are as young as eight weeks old.

Your puppy can also get chewable tablets to take once a month that will prevent against worms, ticks, and fleas, such as Frontline or Advantix.

Your puppy should visit the vet twice a year, once for a check up and shots, and another time to check for worms.

Excercise

A regular exercise routine can make your puppy healthier and happier.When you first bring your puppy to the vet, you can ask him/her what kinds of exercise would be appropriate for your dog, and how often he/she reccomends exercising your dog. A healthy puppy can usually handle two exercise sessions a day, maybe a brisk walk in the morning and a game of fetch in the afternoon. See how your puppy responds, if he seems exhausted at the end of the day, have him exercise for a shorter period of time. If he is still running around like crazy that night, try to take him out for longer periods of time or more frequently if you can.
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