This page has what you need to make sure your little pup grows up healthy and strong - and that he enjoys a long, happy and active life.
Some stuff is obvious... protect Fido from dangerous situations, get his vaccinations done on time, learn to recognize the symptoms of dog illnesses and so on.
Others (such as having a first-aid kit handy, or making sure his food is of premium quality) might not come to mind right away.
Puppy healthcare isn't 'rocket science' but it can be tricky for new owners to know when their pup is really sick, what type of preventative veterinary care is essential, or what to do about common problems such as parasites, diarrhea, constipation and more.
It can be difficult to tell whether or not your new pup is sick, because many common symptoms and behavior can have more than one cause.
For example, your puppy might have a bout of diarrhea, or vomiting as a result of eating something he shouldn't (and this in itself isn't unusual).....
All of these symptoms (apart from the fever) can also signal a minor problem.
A good rule of thumb is to pay attention to how your puppy is acting.
If he has some loose stools but...
a) is eating and drinking okay and running around happily, chances are you don't have to rush to the vet (but do take him if it doesn't clear up within 24 hours).
b) if he seems listless and tired, won't eat/drink as normal or seems 'not quite himself', then it's important to have a vet check him out to make sure all is well.
Young puppies can get sick very quickly, and that can worsen within hours. Diseases like Parvo can kill within a day or two.
If you're ever worried about your puppy's health, don't take a 'wait-and-see' approach!
Get him to your own vet (or if it's after hours, to a 24 hour animal clinic/hospital) immediately. His life could depend on it.
Check out my Dog Illnesses page, for a comprehensive list of the causes, symptoms and treatment of the most common, contagious canine diseases.
If your puppy seems out of sorts, or you have some niggling questions or worries, you can get a quick, professional answer to your dog health questions online.
Check out my Ask A Vet Online page to learn more. (This is not recommended for emergency situations though - if your pup is really unwell or injured take him to your own vet asap)
The conditions I've mentioned above are among the most common health worries you might face as a new puppy parent. But there are many others that can crop up.
Plus, good preventative veterinary care can head off a lot of problems, and help your puppy live a longer, happier and more active life.
Here's a look at some of the types of problems your puppy might experience, and simple safety and prevention measures you can take.
Prevention & Safety
Puppy Illnesses & Conditions
Having a good book on canine health close at hand can make any puppy illness/accident less worrying.
These are a few of the best ones, and I recommend making sure that you have a reference book of some sort on your bookshelf...
There's so much more than just dealing with illnesses to keeping your puppy healthy.
I hope you'll take the time to browse through my website and learn everything you can about taking care of your brand new little guy, after all he's relying on you to keep him safe. Best of luck.