Verity Loughton BVetMed MRCVS highlights all the essentials you will need when you get a new puppy.
After careful research and consideration you have chosen your new family member but it is also important to ensure you have the correct items at home to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Here are a few essential things to consider for your shopping list.
Puppies will have accidents so ensure the bedding is washable. Specially made blankets like vet beds do help to keep your puppy dry if they are prone to accidents. Also they are going to grow so keep in mind the eventual size when choosing your bed.
A lot of owners now crate train puppies from a young age so they have a safe haven in the house. Always ensure if you decide to do this that they can comfortably stand up and stretch out, and seek advice on how to train them correctly.
2. Collars and Leads
Your puppy will not be able to go for its first walk until it is fully vaccinated but your puppy should wear a collar with a name tag. Also consider whether you will be using a collar, harness or halti for walks so training can gradually be introduced. It is important to consider the breed of your dog, for example short nosed dogs like pugs and french bulldogs would benefit from harness walking to minimise pressure on the windpipe.
Playing with toys is an important part of your puppy’s training and development. Puppies’ teeth just like babies so it is important to also have some toys for them to chew. Don’t take short cuts and try to use things from around the house. Sticks can splinter and cause serious injuries and socks can cause blockage of the gastrointestinal tract.
It is important to get toys that are appropriate to your puppy’s size, a chew toy that is suitable for a Chihuahua may be too small and too soft for a Labrador. Get advice when buying these essentials if you are unsure.
4. Grooming Equipment
It is important to get your pet used to being groomed from a young age.
5. Food and Water Bowls
There is a wide choice available for purchase. There are also bowls designed for special problems with a particular breed. For example bowls designed to slow down eating to avoid it being gulped down in one go, or to stop long eared dogs’ ears dangling in water and food when they bend down.
6. Dog Appeasing Pheromone
This is made by Adaptil. It is a synthetic copy of the natural comforting pheromone released by the mother to reassure her puppies so is ideal to help your puppy settle into its new home.