Things You Absolutely Need To Do and Buy Before Your New Puppy Arrives
Like taking care of a baby, you need to cover all grounds to make sure that your new pup does not get into any accidents that may endanger his life. You need to puppy proof your house and to make sure that it is a safe place for your puppy to explore and run about. Next, you need to get all the essential puppy supplies so that your puppy can settle into his new family as fast as possible.
But how do you know if your house is safe and ready for your new puppy? Listed below is a checklist for you to take note of before you bring your new puppy home:
1. Clean your home of poisonous items – Have you made the effort to clean your house of all possible items that can be cause poisoning to your pup? If you haven’t, now is the time to put away cleaners, laundry detergents, bleach, disinfectants, insecticides, cleaning fluid, fertilizers, mothballs and antifreeze in cabinets or high up on shelves. Of course, as he grows, and if he has an adventurous streak, he’s sure to jump high on to your shelves to find out what’s where.
2. Secure all medications and unauthorized foods – These items will cause food poisoning or damages to your dogs’ health – Drugs such as Motrin and Tylenol causes liver damage. Common household food items that are harmful include alcoholic beverages, avocado (the only “fatty” member of the vegetable family), coffee, salt, yeast dough, garlic, fatty foods – turkey, artificial sweeteners – Xylitol, potatoes, onions, nuts, chocolate, grapes and raisins.
3. Uproot all life-threatening plants – Do you have life-threatening plants at home? Seemingly harmless plants such as apricot pits, spinach and tomato vines are dangerous to your pup. You can find a detailed listing of poisonous houseplants that you might have in your family, at this site: www.vet.purdue.edu/depts/addl/toxic/cover1.htm
You can also ask your vet for more such plants that could affect your pet’s health and life – If your puppy has ingested poisonous plants, contact: Animal Poison Control Center at – 888-4ANI-HELP – (888-426-4435)
4. Put away dangerous objects – Position electrical cords out of your puppy’s reach, so that he cannot chew them. Pick up and keep dangerous loose items such as nails if they are lying around. Keep all sharp objects such as pins, needles, screwdrivers and scissors out of your pup’s reach. This is to prevent your puppy from swallowing them as such items can harm his mouth and internal organs.
5. Supervise your puppy’s movement – Try to keep your pup within your sight at all times, especially when he is very young. Don’t make the mistake of allowing your pup to explore alone, be it indoor or outdoor. Also, remember to keep him away from balconies, upper porches and high decks or he may just slip through the railings and fall. Take note that you should always keep your toilet seat cover down: puppies sometimes like to play in water. Frolicking in the toilet bowl is harmful for him as he may swallow the toilet cleanser. Also, don’t tie ribbons round his neck because he may chew it and this can lead to digestive problems or choke himself if the ribbon gets snagged on other things.
Preparing the Essential Dog Supplies
1. Food and water bowls – Select solid and stable bowls that won’t tip over when he eats or drinks out of it. Are they easy to clean? Buy two bowls, one for eating and the other for drinking. Initially, buy small bowls and then as he grows older, buy him larger ones. If you do this, he won’t develop the habit to overeat for his age nor will he fall into his water bowl whenever he goes to take a drink.
2. Collar – There are a large variety of lightweight collars available for your puppy. No matter which one you choose, attach an identification tag, listing your puppy’s name, your address and phone number.