New Puppy? What to Do Next


Congratulations! The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here. In just a short time, your house will be blessed with the pitter patter of little feet. Four furry feet, that is; and the puppy breath and sharp teeth that come with this amazing package. Bringing home a new puppy is exciting and scary. For the next ten or so years, you will be best friends; he will enhance your life far greater than you his. But first, you have to get through the puppy stage. Central Animal Hospital, your Scarsdale veterinarian for the Ardsley, Eastchester, and Westchester communities, has all the answers to help you get through those few weeks.

Preparing for the Big Day

Much like new parents bringing their new baby home, it’s important to prepare ahead of time. Has your family established some guidelines, outlining everyone’s responsibility? The following should be considered:

•Puppies must be fed three to four times a day. Who’s in charge of the feeding schedule?

•How do you plan to house train?

•When will the first veterinary appointment be?

•What items will you need from the store? It’s important that you make these purchases prior to the big day

The First Week

Plan to keep the house quiet for the first week or so. This is the time to establish boundaries and ensure your new pet is part of the pack. Consider these tips for healthy socialization:

•Take him to the designated potty area regularly, particularly after sleeping, eating, or drinking. Young puppies have no bladder control.

•Give him a safe space. Make it comfortable and interact with him as he gets used to his new surroundings.

•Watch young children. Make sure they understand the young dog’s space should be respected.

Call Your Scarsdale Veterinarian Today!

Our veterinary clinic and animal hospital is eager to serve those in Scarsdale, Ardsley, Eastchester, and the surrounding Westchester communities. Call (914) 723-1250 or visit us online to request an appointment.