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So, you have decided to bring home a bundle of joy. Congratulations! Whichever the breed, raising a pup can be a rewarding experience. Though there may be a few challenges, a whole lot of laughs are guaranteed as your pup learns the ropes of life with his human companions.
Once you have decided the ideal breed of dog to share your life and your home with, adopting a healthy pup is the next step. On your visit to a reputable breeder or shelter, these are the signs to look for in your pet:
Puppies are generally not taken away from their mothers before they turn at least two months old. In certain breeds this may even go up to three months. Do not adopt a dog who is younger than this.
- Eyes, nose and ears
The eyes of a healthy puppy are generally alert. If they are dull or have discharge leaking out, it is a sure sign of ill health. Similarly, though the nose may be moist and soft, there should not be any discharge coming out of it. A coughing and sneezing dog is definitely sick. Ears should be clean and free from any redness or bad smells.
A full and shiny coat without any bald spots indicates health. To ensure that he does not have any skin problems, allergies, fleas or ticks, examine by parting his fur. If he keeps itching or scratching an area of his body, it may be an indicator that he suffers from any one or more of these issues.
A healthy puppy has a firm and sturdy body. If he is thin or has a distended stomach, it may point to some serious health issues.
If possible, it is best to take a look at the puppy’s stool before adopting him. Diarrhea-like symptoms should be taken very seriously as it is a definite sign of sickness. Also, if the dog licks his genital region frequently, a urinary infection may be the reason.
Play with the pup and watch him play with the other dogs in the kennel. A healthy puppy is generally ready to play and get petted when awake, though some may be shy at first. But is the puppy looks disinterested and lethargic, he may not be in the best of health.In addition, check the puppy’s medical records to ensure that he has had no major health issues, is up-to-date on all vaccinations and is neutered, if required.
Over the next decade or more, this is the canine who would be your most steadfast and loyal friend. Precisely for this reason, it is very important that you choose right. Adopting a healthy puppy will spare you a lot of heartache and suffering in the future.