Eight years ago we brought home our first puppy from the shelter. I am embarrassed to admit we were a bit unprepared at the time for our new addition. Luckily with some good advice from the shelter and our local vet, we made the grade. Now we are with our 3rd dog, and our home is that much more crowded and merry. At this point I thought it would helpful to share my thoughts on what you need to get through getting a new puppy.
Firstly, once you get a new puppy, find a local vet and get your new bundle of joy a puppy physical. You will find your local veterinarian invaluable to the health of your new dog and peace of mind for you. This need not be a scary experience for you, or your new friend if you are prepared. If you obtain your puppy from a breeder, ask them to point you in the right direction. The local phone pages, or the internet are also good places to start. If you are in our neck of the woods, check out our friends at Yaletown Vet Hospital*. (more…)