Pets are important members of the family, and their happiness and wellbeing should also be the concern of owners. At the recent Pet Express annual Puppy Seminar held in partnership with Pedigree at the SM City Fairview Annex, dog lovers had the opportunity to learn how they can make their furry friends happier and healthier.
Owners received valuable tips from Dr. Ray Madrona, a Pet Specialist from Pedigree, not only on how to take care of their pets but also to turn them into happy puppies. Here’s a few of the tips and guidelines that Doctor Madrona shared about taking care of your fur babies, keeping them happy and showing them puppy love:
Know your fur baby. What are your dog’s needs? Is he very active? Does he require a lot of playtime? How can he get restful sleep? These are some of the things per owners should be asking. It also helps to know that every puppy requires 30° C body temperature, so choosing the right dog bed with soft padding and keep it on the same spot is important.
Choose high quality dog food. Proper nutrition is important for puppies especially because they are in that stage of rapid growth, and their requirements may be more than that of mature dogs. While there are a lot of brands out there, owners have to be discerning and make sure that they only get those that have been especially developed for their furry baby’s nutritional needs.
Have your puppy checked by a veterinarian regularly. Just like babies, puppies must be protected from possible illnesses, so regular visits to the vet should be made for vaccinations. Vaccines are a must when the pup is about six to eight weeks, and should be repeated every three to four weeks until about the puppy is four months of age.
Find the right grooming tools. They say different strokes for different folks, and the same goes for the grooming requirements of puppies. Choose combs, brushes and shampoos based on your dog’s coat type.
Housetrain your puppy. Bonding with fur babies will be easier to accomplish if they are properly house broken and trained, because it will let them know boundaries as they grow older and it will be easier to train them into becoming well behaved pets. A key to house training is keeping a solid routine to keep the pup’s progress steady as any break could set him back. Also, don’t forget to give him praise when he behaves, and never punish him physically. Place training pads on one side of the room, and his bed and toys at the other.
For you fur baby’s needs, check out Pet Express stores in SM City Dasmariñas, SM City Fairview, SM City Masinag, SM City North EDSA, SM Cubao, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM Hypermarket Makati and Pet Express store in Greenhills.
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