5 Things to Know Before You Purchase Puppy

 

Although puppies are a heartthrob of many due to their cute antics, quirkiness, playfulness, and affectionate nature, it is no unknown that the number of abandoned puppies is increasing day by day. The main reason for this is the “lack of time, money, and responsibility,” as reported by many pup owners. Unfortunately, what many new pet owners do is that they don’t research the prerequisites of having a pet, and when the time comes, they end up running away from their responsibilities. That’s why we are here to tell you about the five must things you should know before buying a puppy.

1) Having a Puppy Means Long Commitment

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that despite being cute, puppies demand a lot of your time and attention, especially in the initial stages. A puppy requires meal 3-4 times a day to have healthy growth and fulfill its need for proteins and essential nutrients. In addition to this, taking them outside after every meal is also a must so that they can discharge properly and become house-trained.

This would have been a lot easier if we were talking about a year or two, but you see, the average life span of a dog alone is 10-13 years. So, if you are committed enough to look after your pup till its golden age, only then think of purchasing a puppy.

2) Find a Puppy According to Your Surroundings

 

Before bringing home the first pup, you lay your eye on, it would be best to research a bit about the breed. You should always choose a puppy according to your situation and surroundings. For example, if you have children and also your house isn’t much spacious, then try looking for a small-sized breed that is also child-friendly.

Only after researching a bit about the breed, you will be able to find the best puppy for your family.

3) Get Yourself Acquainted with a Veterinarian

 

Your pup’s health demands no compromises. That’s why we recommend you get yourself familiarize with a veterinarian prior to buying a puppy. Because eventually, you would need to take your pup to a vet so that it can get vaccinated.

Similarly, such days would come when your pooch would not be feeling well, and you would have to bring it to a vet. Moreover, such instances would also happen when you would need to seek timely medical advice or assistance from a professional, and that’s when your vet would aid you. So, it’s always good to know a nearby vet.

4) Remember the Medical Expenditures

 

One of the many reasons why puppies wind up in shelter houses is because of the lack of money. In Australia, the cost of vaccination alone is up to $250, and if we talk about the per year expense of healthy dog food, it’s about $800.

Whereas vet expenses are around $450/year and not to mention the cost of microchipping and spaying that ends up in a whopping $1000. So, if you are confident enough to afford all these expenses or at least the major ones, only then think of purchasing a puppy.

5) Don’t Forget to Puppy Proof Your House

 

In the end, the only thing that matters before bringing a new family member into the house is puppy proofing your home.

  • Hide away all the pointy and sharp equipment that may hurt your pooch.
  • Keep all medications away from your pup’s reach.
  • Arrange all the cables and electrical cords if lying around in a befitting manner. Otherwise, they may end up being chewed by your beloved puppy.

Also, remember not to stay away from your pup for a more extended period of time. Otherwise, it may end up developing separation anxiety and would make a mess out of your house.