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There are few things more exciting than becoming a first-time puppy owner. But while you are enjoying your playful little pooch, it’s important to start taking control of their pet health needs. 

To learn more about how to best take care of your puppy, ask your vet the following questions.

What Vaccinations and Procedures Should I Schedule?

There are specific procedures and steps that your vet will want to take while your dog is young. This includes essential vaccinations, potential de-worming, and of course, spaying or neutering. Your vet office will set up a schedule of pet care procedures that you should keep in mind.

What Puppy Food do you Recommend?

Your vet will be able to advise you on your puppy's diet. They can tell you what brand of food your pup should be eating and how much. Just be sure to communicate any eating issues or sudden weight changes.

How Can I Prevent Fleas and Ticks?:

This is an important step that often falls through the cracks for new pet owners. By taking steps early on to prevent attracting fleas and ticks, you can keep your puppy healthy. Your vet will recommend a procedure specific to your region and pet’s needs.

How Often Should I Schedule Checkups?

While your dog is still a puppy, your vet may want to see them more often to check on their development. Once they start to grow, and their health looks better, you will probably have to bring them in less often.

What Health Conditions Should I Look Out For?

Certain breeds of dogs are inherently prone to certain conditions. For example, cocker spaniels can often get ear infections, while Labs can be prone to weight gain. Depending on their health risk, your vet may also recommend certain plans for pet insurance.

By working closely with your veterinary care provider you can take charge of your dog’s health from the beginning of their life. Your efforts will pay off when your pooch lives a happy and long life.

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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.