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Puppy Care 101: A Comprehensive Guide for New Pet Parents in Bali

Congratulations on welcoming a new puppy into your home! As a responsible pet owner, it's essential to provide the best care for your furry friend. With the abundance of information available, it's understandable that you may feel overwhelmed. Fear not! This article aims to simplify the basics of puppy care to ensure your little one grows up happy and healthy.

1. Feeding Schedule: Quality Over Quantity

Determining the right amount of food for your puppy is crucial. Generally, puppies require smaller, more frequent meals than adult dogs. Consult with your veterinarian to establish an appropriate feeding schedule based on your puppy's breed, age, and weight. High-quality puppy food provides essential nutrients for growth and development.

2. Bath Time Basics: Not Too Soon, Not Too Late

Puppies have sensitive skin, and excessive bathing can strip their coat of natural oils. Aim for a bath once every two to four weeks, or sooner if your pup gets dirty. Use a mild, puppy-friendly shampoo, and ensure the water is comfortably warm. Gently towel-dry your puppy, and make the experience positive to foster a love for baths.

3. Dental Care: Start Early, Make it Routine

Initiate a dental care routine early to prevent oral issues later in life. Begin brushing your puppy's teeth as soon as they arrive home. Use a soft toothbrush and dog-friendly toothpaste, do not use a toothpaste for human as it could contains xylitol that is very toxic to dogs. Aim for a daily brushing routine, but at least 2-3 times a week is beneficial.

4. Deworming: A Necessity for Healthy Pups

Deworming is crucial, especially during a puppy's early months. Administer deworming medication as recommended by your veterinarian, typically once a month until your puppy is six months old, and then every 3 months. This helps protect against internal parasites, ensuring your pup's overall well-being.

5. Vaccinations: Shielding Against Diseases

Ensuring your puppy's health in Bali requires a strategic approach to vaccinations. We strongly recommend a series of three core vaccinations for your puppy. Additionally, administer an extra dose when they reach four months of age. This precautionary measure is based on observed cases where dogs, despite receiving two vaccinations, still contracted the parvovirus or distemper in Bali.

Core Vaccinations: Must-Haves

  • Canine Distemper, Parvovirus, Adenovirus (Hepatitis), and Rabies: These vaccines are critical, offering protection against highly contagious and potentially fatal diseases.

Non-Core Vaccinations: Tailored Defense

  • Bordetella (Kennel Cough), Leptospirosis, Canine Influenza: Depending on your puppy's lifestyle, these vaccines provide additional protection against specific risks, such as social interactions or environmental exposure.

Work closely with your veterinarian to establish a personalized vaccination schedule. Timely vaccinations not only keep your puppy safe but also contribute to the overall well-being of the canine community in Bali. Regular check-ups ensure their immunity stays strong, ensuring a happy and healthy life for your new furry friend.

6. Tick Medication: A Shield Against Blood Parasites

Living in Bali, your puppy may be exposed to ticks, which can carry blood parasites. Consistent tick medication is essential. Consult with our vet to choose an appropriate preventive treatment and adhere to the recommended schedule. This extra layer of protection is invaluable in preventing tick-borne diseases.

7. Blood Tests: Detecting Issues Early On

Regular blood tests are an essential aspect of proactive veterinary care. These tests can identify potential health issues before they become apparent, enabling timely intervention, but also to determine the baseline of your puppy's blood profile. Your veterinarian may recommend routine blood tests during regular check-ups to ensure your puppy's internal health is optimal.

In conclusion, providing a loving and nurturing environment for your new puppy involves a combination of proper nutrition, grooming, preventive care, and regular veterinary check-ups. By following these guidelines and maintaining open communication with your veterinarian, you're setting the foundation for a happy and healthy life for your furry companion. Enjoy the journey of raising your puppy, and don't hesitate to reach out to your trusted veterinary team whenever you have questions or concerns. Our expert veterinarians are available everyday from 9 AM to 9 PM at Island Vet Bali, Jl Pantai Berawa, Canggu, Bali. Contact us by Whatsapp +62813-911-911-29 to book your pet's appointment.

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