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New Puppy Checklist: Supplies and Puppy Proofing Your Home

Bringing home your new puppy makes for an exciting and busy day. Your new pup will be eager to explore new places and bond with his or her new human family. With all of the excitement you may quickly find that you need to take some precautions in your home to keep your furnishings and puppy safe. This checklist is designed to help you to get together all of the information that your vet will require, the supplies necessary for your new puppy to quickly settle into his new routine in addition to tried and true puppy proofing advice to keep him and your home safe and sound.

Necessary Information From Your Breeder or Adoption Agency

Once you have selected the day you will pick up your new puppy, you should schedule an appointment with your vet for his first physical exam, to test for parasites and to setup his vaccination schedule. Most breeder's contracts allow for a 72 hour return period in case the exam turns up a potentially life threatening condition. Therefore, if you are picking your puppy up on a Saturday, have an appointment scheduled for Monday to have your puppy examined.

Find out from your breeder or rescue organization these facts:
  1. Date of Birth
  2. When was the puppy wormed and with which wormer was he treated. (Puppies should been wormed several times prior to 8 weeks of age).
  3. Has the puppy been vaccinated, and if so, on what date and with which vaccine.
  4. When was the puppy weened. (If the puppy was still nursing when vaccinated, the antibodies in mother's milk can interfere with effectiveness of vaccination. This can be important information for your vet in setting up his vaccination schedule going forward).
  5. Which food is your puppy currently eating. You will want to have some of that on hand even if you have another food you plan to switch him to. Whenever you are moving a puppy of dog to a new food you will want to make that change gradually to prevent stomach upset.
Supplies to Have On Hand Before You Bring Your Puppy Home

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