August 2, 2018

15 Things to Remember Before Adopting a Puppy

We lost our beloved Dengue Mendiola last month due to kidney failure. She gave us unconditional love for 11 years (human years). Two weeks after Dengue passed away, my sister-in-law surprised us with a puppy. Julia named her Hepa Mendiola.

For days, Hepa was our source of joy as she played with us, especially with Juan and Rafael. Until one day, she stopped drinking her milk and started vomiting.

Juan and Ate Jo, brought Hepa to the veterinarian. The vet said it's the worm that causing her lose bowel movement and vomiting. Hepa was given oral medicines. For three days, we managed to administer an hourly meds for Hepa. Sadly, she passed away on the morning of July 31st.

Things to Consider Before Adopting a Puppy

1.  Ask the exact birth date of the puppy so you're aware whether the pup is big enough to be separated from the mother dog
2.   Ask the owner if the pup has been dewormed.
3.   If there's no way to find out about the age of the puppy and if it dewormed. or not, bring the puppy to the veterinarian.
4.  It’s important to consider whether you have enough time, space, and money to add a new member to your family because caring for an animal is a big commitment. 
5.  If you don't want your pup to have puppies in the future, it’s so important to get your dog spayed or neutered.
6. Dogs need their teeth brushed.
7. Don’t forget to cut your pup's nails and fur.
8. Dogs don’t really need baths very often. It’s only necessary if they have a skin condition or if they roll in something smelly or dirty.
9. Keep an eye on what your dog eats. Human foods such as raisins, onions, chocolates and more are harmful for dogs. 
10. Dogs need toys to be entertained. Keep your important stuff like shoes away from a puppy because they might find it cute to chew on.
11. Never, ever leave your dog in the car.
12. Dogs need exercise and bathroom training 
13. Prevent heart worms, fleas and ticks by giving them the necessary medicines prescribed by the vet.
14. Never leave you pup alone in the house for a long period of time. If you will go on vacation, ask a friend or a relative to take care of your puppy.
15. Shower your pup plenty of love and affection and she or he will love you unconditionally.

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