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Getting Your First Golden Retriever Puppy? 2 Tips To Make Sure It's Happy And Healthy

Erin Steeves

If you are getting a new golden retriever puppy you need to make sure you learn as much as you can about this dog. This will allow you to take good care of it so it is happy and healthy. To help you, below are two tips for you to get started.

Get Them Vaccinated

One of the most important things you need to do is to take your puppy to the veterinarian to get vaccinated. There will be a series of vaccines the vet will need to do. One is to help prevent parvo and distemper. Another vaccine will help prevent kennel cough, while another will help prevent your puppy from getting the dog flu.

These vaccines will save your puppy's life and they will need to get them in their first weeks of life. Your vet can give you the information in much more detail about the above vaccines, as well as set up a time for you to have your puppy vaccinated. Your puppy may need to come back at a later time to get a booster shot. The doctor can give you flea preventative medication at this point also to help prevent your dog from getting fleas.

Take Them For A Checkup

Take your puppy to the vet as soon as you can to give it a checkup. The vet will do a complete physical examination and look closely at your puppy's coat, skin, nose, ears, eyes, and teeth. The doctor will feel your puppy's abdomen, as well as lymph nodes. They will listen closely to their lungs and heart and check their genitalia. The vet will then take your puppy's temperature and check their weight.

When the examination is finished the vet will tell you of their findings. In most cases, they will say your puppy is completely healthy. If not, they will set up a treatment plan with you for what is wrong with your puppy. This is a good time for you to talk to the vet about your dog. For example, ask them what you should feed the dog, how much, and how often. Your vet may know quite a bit about the breed you have. You will need to brush your golden at least once a day. This is because they have a long coat and will easily become knotted. This will also help slow down shedding, which gold retrievers do a lot of.

To learn more information, reach out to an animal hospital near you.


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Did you know that when a veterinarian graduates from veterinary school, they must take an oath before they are allowed to practice? This is similar to the Hippocratic Oath that doctors take upon graduating from medical school. The new vets promise that they will work to relieve animal suffering and promote the overall health of pets. They also promise to uphold their profession with dignity. If you have ever taken your pet to the vet, you've probably seen a vet live this oath firsthand. You can be confident your pet is in good hands. Learn more about vets and the wonderful work they do in the articles curated here.