Puppies and dogs are a lot of work. They also come with a large shopping list. Below is a checklist of some of the necessary items that you’ll need for your furry friend.
Some of the items you may need to wait and get - things such as the ID tag and collar. You may also want to check with the breeder/shelter to see what food they are on before you adopt to make sure you have that food as well to mix with the food you would like to switch them too. This will help with nausea and stomach indigestion.
Vet costs can be more than you think. You first have to include getting them updated on all their vaccinations (read the recommended vaccinations link for more information). If they’re not spayed or neutered, it’s recommended to get them fixed to help prevent future illnesses. Some animals even require medications due to sicknesses such as thyroid issues, urinary tract infections and ear infections. Sometimes these medications are lifelong.
Dental care is something dogs need too, just like us. They too get plaque and tartar build-up and need to undergo a dental procedure like we do to make their teeth shiny and new again. Without proper care, plaque and tartar build-up can cause infections like gingivitis and even heart issues. Their mouth is just as sensitive as ours. If we’re worried about our teeth, why wouldn’t we worry about theirs?
Grooming is something certain breeds require. Some owners feel capable of doing it at home but others do not. If you’re one of the owners that doesn’t, grooming is yet another cost to add onto your pet’s needs. For more information about grooming and the grooming services we offer, please visit our grooming tab or give us a call.
Fleas and ticks are yet another thing you have to look out for. Ticks are more of a summer issue, but fleas can hop around all year long. Flea and tick products are offered to protect these pesky things from our new friends. It’s better to have them on a year-round treatment to prevent your loved ones from getting them. Click on the parasites tab or give us a call for more information.