Becoming a first-time dog parent is one of life’s joys but are you fully prepared? Here are some things to consider and what to expect when you’re pet-specting and to think about before getting a puppy.
Ask the breeder if you can see the mum and dad. You should be able to at least see the mum if the puppies are there. Dad may have been a stud from elsewhere, however mum should be present and appear comfortable around her pups.
You should also ask to see the place where the puppies are being raised. Always ask to meet them in their environment.
Vaccination records and flea/worm treatment status
Ask for vaccination records and flea/worm treatment status. Pups are usually wormed at 2, 5 and 8 weeks of age before leaving mum. A vet health check should be done before you acquire your pup and even the first vaccination given. A vaccination record should be given to you for your records. Ideally a date of birth should be known to help with any further vaccinations to complete the primary vaccination course. Remember, a pup shouldn’t be leaving mum before 8 weeks of age.
It is the breeder’s responsibility to have the pup microchipped. The chip should be in the breeder’s details, but they will provide you with the information to update to your details. Microchipping prior to going to a new home is a legal requirement.
A breeder should be prepared to take your pup back and give you a refund if you notice any discrepancies or health issues that you were unaware of at the time of purchase. Ensure that a ‘purchase contract’ is drafted and signed by both parties.
Ask the breeder what food they have been feeding the puppy. A good breeder will be prepared and provide you with information on feeding, so you are prepared to continue the same diet or even give you some to go home with. A sudden change in diet and a change of home is enough stress to cause an upset tummy.
A puppy usually comes with 4 weeks free insurance from the breeder. If not, make sure that you have this prepared/looked into for the time they come home with you.
The cost of puppies has increased considerably over the years so you have every right to ask as many questions as you would like to ensure that the puppy chosen is right for you and your family.
If you would like more advice on what to expect when you’re pet-specting, please contact your local practice and ask to speak to one of our nursing team on Stapenhill: 01283 568162 or Stretton: 01283 568333
Remember, a new puppy is for life.