Posted 5th Jun 2017
According to the Kennel Club, summer is the most popular time for getting a puppy and something that is hugely exciting for the whole family. However, to give puppies the best start you need to ensure you provide them with premium nutrition and appropriate care to keep them happy and healthy for life.
If you’re thinking about getting a puppy but aren’t sure which breed will suit your lifestyle then check out Eukanuba’s Breed-o-pedia. This is an online tool which provides a wealth of breed options from those most suited to smaller homes and families with children, to owners with limited mobility.
To help you once you’ve selected your new addition we’ve popped together our top tips for welcoming your puppy into your home – because let’s face it, with all of the excitement some of the more important steps of responsible pet ownership can be forgotten!
Providing premium nutrition for visible benefits with a lifelong impact
Just as it is with us humans, many factors in a puppy’s life will have an effect on their overall well-being and future with diet being one of the key factors that needs to be considered in order to help give puppies a strong nutritional foundation.
Eukanuba’s Puppy range provides a 100% complete and balanced diet with high-quality animal protein so there is no need for any additional products or supplements. The special formula nurtures smooth digestion through natural fibres, contains tailored levels of calcium to encourage healthy growth for all breeds and through the inclusion of DHA from fish oils supports brain development. In addition, the natural blend of antioxidants helps to build a puppy’s natural defenses, and omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids promote a healthy skin and coat.
What’s more, if your puppy is from one of Eukanuba’s Breeder Club members you’ll receive a special Eukanuba Puppy pack which includes a 1kg bag of puppy food together with a measuring cup, puppy information book and money off voucher.
Microchipping with Petlog
It is now the law for all dogs to be microchipped and the correct contact details regularly updated helping you to be quickly reunited with your dog should you lose them. You’ll need to get this done by the time your puppy is eight weeks old to avoid being fined. Microchipping is available for free through Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Blue Cross centres and Dogs Trust but your vet will be more than happy to answer any questions you have.
Creating a safe and comfortable environment
Puppies always need to have fresh water available so make sure you buy feeding bowls which are not easily tipped over during a puppy’s more playful moments. A comfortable dog bed is also essential as it’s important your puppy feels happy and safe when you’re not around helping them to settle in much more quickly.
Choosing a name
This can be the most exciting part of owning a new puppy however, there are a few tips to ensure you select a name that won’t confuse your pet. Choose a name that is short and no longer than two-syllables. Also, encourage your family members to avoid using any nicknames to prevent any confusion whilst your puppy is learning.
Visit your local vet
Providing pets with the appropriate care they need to live an extraordinary life is an important part of ownership. That’s why it’s essential to visit your local vet with your new puppy as soon as possible. Not only will this introduce veterinary visits to your puppy from an early age but also gives the vet the opportunity to check for any health issues, abnormalities, or birth defects.
By following the above steps you’ll ensure that you give your puppy a great start allowing them to enjoy a happy and healthy life. For any more information you need please visit: www.eukanuba.co.uk