After your adopt your new pet, take him or her to the vet within the first ten days. The basic first check up consists of measurement, weight, blood and stool to find whether or not there are any health issues. Your vet will also test your knowledge and educate you on the proper care of the animal, including the diet you must put him or her on. Ask the vet to recommend the best label and balance for your puppy and at what age to change. The age of the canine will change the required nutritional balance of his or her diet. Remember, the most expensive food is not necessarily the best.
Your dog must exercise on a regular basis. Dogs must keep their muscles strong, their weight down and their immune system active. Sometimes, you will have to encourage your dog to be active. Some dogs are naturally active and others become naturally lazy. Schedule an exercise time with your dog.
Visit the vet at least once every year. You need to ensure the dog is healthy and free of parasites. This will increase the chances of finding an illness before it escalates. Remember, pets are curious and may get a hold of something like paint chips, or swallow small objects. This will cause medical complications and need to gain attention immediately. Your vet will also update your dog's vaccines. This comes with the dog's age and in most states, required by law.
With that in mind, research the veterinary offices in your area. How would you do this? The same way you choose your doctor. If you do not know anyone with pets, schedule nothing more than consultation with a few, in one day if necessary as to not fall too far behind. As soon as you enter the office's waiting area, you should be able to get a feeling about the people and animals there.