Good Dog Health Starts Early

The first step to ensuring excellent dog health for the life of your furry friend is to get him checked out by a vet within a few days of bringing him home. Most doctors will recommend a puppy care regimen consisting of a series of vaccinations in the early months and good nutrition from the beginning.

While a dogís psychological needs might make many readers scoff, itís important to understand that proper dog health includes bonding with owners in a loving environment. Thatís why puppy care involves more than just shots and food. Stress, both physical AND mental, can wreak havoc on a new puppyís immune system, for example, which makes him more susceptible to many canine diseases (mange, distemper, parvovirus).

Finally, donít forget your dogís teeth in the overall dog health picture. A good puppy care plan includes lots of hard bones and crunchy treats to chew on regularly - preferably healthy versions, not typical pet store biscuits.

About the Author
Written by John Schwartz
John Schwartz is the owner and webmaster of He lives in East Texas with his wife, Shannon, who owns a dog rescue 'no kill' shelter.

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