National Puppy Day is a day to celebrate everything about puppies, but also raises awareness about puppy mills and irresponsible breeding.
We remind those considering bringing a puppy home to have a plan in place. We ask people to consider more than just the looks of a puppy. All puppies are cute, but which breed is the best one to fit your lifestyle. Most puppies in shelter's are mix-breeds, so do your homework for all the breeds the puppy of your choice is mixed with. Some breeds are more hyper than others and may not be the right one for a home with small children or an elderly couple who would need a more laid back breed.
Getting a puppy of any size is a huge commitment and know that they could live between 10- 15 years. Think ahead about your future financial situation and what your family will be doing years down the road and how your dog will remain part of your family.
Another tip, consider what to do with a puppy during an emergency.
In honor of National Puppy Day from March 23, the American Veterinary Medical Association offers caregiving tips for puppies:
Puppies should be vaccinated starting at 6 weeks. Also learn what signs of illness puppies can display, as they are especially susceptible in their early months.
Is your pup's ID tag up to date? Be sure it has your current contact information.
Pup-proof your home, keeping poisonous chemicals and food secured well out of reach. Remember that many "people'' foods are toxic to dogs including chocolate, onions, avocados, and many more.
Establish a housebreaking routine and stick with it to help lessen the chances of accidents. Reward your pup whenever he makes it outside for the bathroom.
Play time: Make it a point to regularly exercise your puppy. It helps keep him (and you) healthy and happy.
Again, be a responsible pet owner. Love and care for your puppy for his entire life and enjoy the love and affection you will get in return.