Puppy Care 101: Best Practices to Help You Care for Your New Pooch

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A new puppy is always a cute and fluffy surprise, but it takes a little bit more than cuddling your new four-legged friend to make sure they live a happy and healthy life. 

The first thing you need to understand is that a new dog will require a major lifestyle change. It takes a little more than puppy food and playtime to help your new pooch thrive!  In fact, depending on the age of your puppy, the transition process may look a bit different. Here are a few tips to help you ensure your new dog's life is off to a great start.

Find a Great Vet 

If you've had dogs in the past and have a veterinarian you trust, keep seeing them. If this is your first time with a new dog, then you need to find a great, reliable vet to help you care for your dog over the course of his or her life. This is the most important first step to take as a new dog owner, as it will help you set up preventative care and start to think about what kind of health issues your dog may face in the future. Depending on where you adopt your puppy, they may or may not already be updated on vaccines, and checkups. 

Buy Quality Food 

Puppies have different dietary needs than adult dogs because their bodies are still growing. This is why it's especially important to find good quality food that's formulated specifically for puppies. A statement from the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) should alert you as to whether or not the food meets certain canine dietary requirements. 

Set Up a Bathroom Routine 

After finding a good vet, potty training is an imperative step to take, especially if you want to avoid cleaning the carpets constantly! If you're struggling to come up with a good schedule, some of the best times to let your dog out are right after you wake up, right before you go to sleep, and whenever your dog eats or drinks a lot of water. 

Invest in Puppy Health Insurance 

Looking for more ways to keep your pup happy and healthy? Consider investing in a puppy insurance policy with MetLife Pet Insurance.1  Our pet health insurance policies can provide the coverage and care your furry family member deserves.  Get your free quote today.

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Nothing in this article should be construed as financial, legal or veterinary advice. Please consult your own advisors for questions relating to your and your pet’s specific circumstances. 

1 Pet Insurance offered by MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is underwritten by Independence American Insurance Company (“IAIC”), a Delaware insurance company, headquartered at 485 Madison Avenue, NY, NY 10022, and Metropolitan General Insurance Company (“MetGen”), a Rhode Island insurance company, headquartered at 700 Quaker Lane, Warwick, RI 02886, in those states where MetGen’s policies are available. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC is the policy administrator authorized by IAIC and MetGen to offer and administer pet insurance policies. MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions LLC was previously known as PetFirst Healthcare, LLC and in some states continues to operate under that name pending approval of its application for a name change. The entity may operate under an alternate, assumed, and/or fictitious name in certain jurisdictions as approved, including MetLife Pet Insurance Services LLC (New York and Minnesota), MetLife Pet Insurance Solutions Agency LLC (Illinois), and such other alternate, assumed, or fictitious names approved by certain jurisdictions.