At the Care Animal Hospital in Tulsa Oklahoma, we know that first-time puppy owners are looking forward to the excitement and joy of bringing a puppy home. Whether your pet comes from a breeder or a shelter there are some basic needs that puppies have that you need to have on hand for your new puppy to thrive. Following is our ultimate puppy checklist – the only puppy checklist you will ever need.
A crate for your puppy
Even though you give your new puppy a loving home, he needs a space that is his alone. Crates should never be used to punish your pet. It should be a place he or she goes to for sleeping until house-broken. Many dogs want their crates kept out long after they are needed as a place where they can get away from it all.
A dog bed
While house training your new pup, he/she might need to be crated at bedtime. Get a small bed or a bumper bed covered in fleece that fits inside the crate to bring your new furry friend comfort.
Food & Water Bowls
Materials for pet bowls range from plastic to stainless steel. We recommend stainless steel bowls as they are unbreakable, easy to keep clean, and too heavy for puppies to carry in their mouths.
Food & Treats
Puppies have different dietary needs than dogs older than one year. So, buy a food specially formulated for puppies. If you are unsure what food products are best for your new pet ask us as puppy nutrition is critical to him growing into a strong and healthy adult dog.
Collar & Leash
We suggest that while your dog is a pup get him an adjustable nylon collar with a two-piece buckle. Until your pup is obedience trained keep him/her on a short leash (4 feet).
Your puppy could get lost. This is why you should have a microchip placed in your puppy and always have your dog wear an ID tag on their collar when outside. In most places, you will need to get a license for your dog too. The Care Animal Hospital in Tulsa can microchip your pup.
Puppies love toys and different kinds of toys offer different benefits. For example, chew toys help satisfy the urge to gnaw (and are good choices during teething too), stuffed animals provide comfort to pups, and rope/tug toys help floss teeth.
Make an appointment with a veterinarian
Your puppy needs to visit a veterinarian as soon as possible after you bring your puppy home. Your puppy’s vet will check him out for any illness or injuries, begin your pup’s health record, and start the immunization process.
In Tulsa, Care Animal Hospital has 4 veterinarians that are very well-qualified to partner with you in keeping your puppy healthy. Call us at 918-254-7122 or use our handy online appointment request form. We are open Monday through Friday from 7 AM to 6 PM and Saturdays from 7:30 AM to 12 PM. We are conveniently located at 9717 E 93rd Street in Tulsa, OK 74133.