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Bringing home a new puppy? Here's what you'll need

Published: Sep 13, 2012

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Bringing home a new puppy is one of the most exciting experiences for a family of canine lovers. There are many puppies that need a good home and loving caretakers. But providing for a puppy isn't all fun and games - young canines are a lot of work. Here are some items you'll likely need before you bring the dog home.

A Healthy Dog

Your first consideration for your dog should always be his health. He should be in pretty good shape after he's gotten his dog vaccinations, but you'll still need to make sure you are well stocked for food, and have spoken to your vet about what sort of feeding schedule would work best for your canine. Keep in mind that you might need some at-home medicine for your dog, such as flea control for dogs. Once again, your vet is always the best person to help you pick out such supplies.

A Comfy Canine

You'll want your pooch to be comfortable in his new home, too. Many pet owners purchase a pet bed for their dogs. You may want to consider placing such a bed into a crate, as many puppies benefit from crate training when they're young.

Part of making sure your dog is comfortable means establishing some ground rules before bringing him home. Will you allow him on certain pieces of furniture? Who will be giving him his daily walks, and at what time? Does everyone in the family know the phone number for the veterinary hospital nearest you, in case of emergencies? Squaring away the answers to these questions will help you comfort and care for your canine as soon as you introduce him to your home.

A Well Behaved Pet

Your dog's youngest years will be the best time for him to learn proper obedience and behavior. Puppy training doesn't have to be a chore - it's a great way to bond with your pet. But you will need a few items to make sure it goes well. Find some healthy dog treats that you can use as incentive for your canine when teaching him new tricks or rules. For your first few months with your dog, you'll want to have a short leash that makes it easy to control him while on walks. Halters are often more comfortable and better for dogs than traditional collars, so ask your vet about your options.


General Practice

We have over 540 animal hospitals in 41 states that are staffed by more than 2,000 fully qualified, dedicated and compassionate veterinarians, with more than 200 being board-certified specialists. The nationwide VCA family of general practice hospitals give your pet the very best in medical care, providing a full range of general medical and surgical services as well as specialized treatments*: Wellness, Spay/neuter, Advanced diagnostic services (MRI/CT Scan), Internal medicine, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Cardiology, Neurology, Boarding, Grooming

*services may vary by location.

Our family of pet hospitals stands out by delivering the greatest resources in order provide the highest quality care available for your pets. By maintaining the highest standards of pet health care available anywhere, we emphasize prevention as well as healing. We provide continuing education programs to our doctors and staff and promote the open exchange of professional knowledge and expertise. And finally, we have established a consistent program of procedures and techniques, proven to be the most effective in keeping pets healthy.

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Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

We have twenty-eight specialty hospitals across the US so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, check with a local animal hospital emergency clinic.