New Puppy Tips 2013

Legacy Veterinary Hospital suggests a few tips for the newest member of your family.

Spay or neuter your dog. This reduces the chances of cancer of the reproductive organs.

Provide your dog a collar with ID tags and discuss microchipping with your veterinarian. His ID tags and microchip could be his only chance of returning home to you.

Take him to your veterinarian for a complete physical. Puppies need vaccinations every 3-4 weeks until they're 16 weeks of age.

Discuss your puppy's diet with your veterinarian, as it can vary by size and breed. Studies show between 25-40 percent of household pets are overweight, and pet obesity can lead to serious health issues. Table scraps are a no-no and could be dangerous for your puppy, so stick to your veterinarian's recommendation.

Play with your puppy's feet, mouth, and ears daily.  This will help your puppy during visits to the